Understanding What a Social Security Disability Attorney Does in Preparing You to Testify

Jacksonville Social Security Disability Attorney Clients often have questions about what their attorney will do when preparing them to testify in a Social Security disability hearing. What Your Jacksonville Social Security Disability Attorney Does in Preparation A hearing doesn’t take a great deal of time. Often, it is over in one hour or less. They don’t usually take longer than 90 minutes. If you have met with your attorney prior to your hearing and prepared well, there might not be a need for your lawyer to ask a lot of questions at the hearing. Some judges prefer to ask many questions of the claimant. Your lawyer will ask questions if the answers are not deemed to have been as clear as they could be or there were factors that weren’t explored and detailed. If you give detailed information when answering the judge and do so in a natural manner, the testimony will sound more credible than if you’re reciting what you’ve memorized. If there are witnesses for your case or the judge calls witnesses, the lawyer will question them. The key to your case often isn’t what happens in front of the judge, but the work your lawyer does in accumulating medical records, speaking to doctors, researching and getting witnesses prepared to testify. Contact an Experienced Attorney If you have questions about what an attorney does in a Social Security disability case, call disability lawyer John Fagan at 904-278-1000 today.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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