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Going this one alone. The attorney I had for the first hearing was woefully undprepaired. Had not submitted all of my evidence. Had not read any of it. Showed up ten minutes late to the hearing when we were supposed to meet a half hour early to prepare. I had not seen him prior nor even talked to him except when I sent evidence which he assured me he'd send in, then didn't. His tactic during the hearing was "Why don't you explain what's going on to the Judge". Something I can't do because of my verbal and memory problems. My verbal abilities test in the 3rd percentile. 70 percentile is in the 'normal' range.

Now I'll have to report him to the Idaho BAR ASSN. I sent written notice to SS that I was revoking his council. They in turn forwarded this notice to him when I was awarded the remand. (I requested the review without his knowledge) SS told me they need something from him that he was withdrawing, so I called his office and told him to send it in. He said he would. Three days ago I get a call from SS that he had informed them he would not be at my hearing. They wanted to let me know the Judge would not rescheduale and that the attorney would still get paid. In short, he did not withdraw. He only told them he would not be at the hearing. He knows I have cognative problems and thinks this will get by me so he can get paid for doing nothing.

Of course, there is the hearing itself. It should go well with a different Judge, more evidence and the fact that I got a remand because the first Judge did not consider my cognative deficits. UMMMM,,, that would seem to be VERY important in my case.

Anyway, LUCK TO ME! (i hope)


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Good Luck

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My daughter is biopolar and she went before the judge herself. Her lawyer was just about like yours, when he didn't speak, she jumped up and did it all herself and won her benefits.

She waited 5 years for her Social Security Disability.

I couldn't go to the hearing, but the cutest thing that I think that she could have said to the judge, and he was a bit the smart aleck, if you get my drift. ( New and Flying High!)

He ask her, " Who takes care of your check book and balances it for you. She said, " Judge, I do". He said, " How in the world do you do that if you are as sick with biopolar as you say you are?". She said, Well, Your Honor Judge, " I can't work and I don't have any money to worry about in that check book."

Have a good one and I am sure that you will do fine. Yes, her lawyer collected his fees, for our work and her quick wit thinking.



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Thanks Pete and Josephine.


Unfortunatley my wit is slow due to the brain injury so all I could do was try to keep up. It would seem the ALJ may be right. I should be plenty smart enough to be a social security disability attorney :). I'm good at sitting there like a lump with a confused look on my face. LOL.

(I do have wit, it just takes time to find it) :)


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Time- I do not draw SS so I do not know anything about it at this time. However, can you take someone with you and have them in the hearing with you? Someone who is knowledgeable of your disability and can keep you on track (remind you of key points etc...)

This might help you if at all possible. Good luck and have fun spending your backpay when it comes! We all know you can do it my friend!

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