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Author Topic: Federal Court Pro Se - When to file Brief ?  (Read 1795 times)

pinkwitch63

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Federal Court Pro Se - When to file Brief ?
« on: September 30, 2021, 07:15:06 am »
Reaching out for some help/assistance - I have filed in Federal Court Pro Se for my daughter - All has been approved even waive of Filing Fee. So I am pleased I was able to even get to this stage of the process. Where I am worried is the next steps. When to "File" her Brief ? I have read the Pro Se Handbooks but WOW its alot to take in / understand completely. If anyone can offer some insight in "laymans" terms it would be much appreciated. Thanks All
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Re: Federal Court Pro Se - When to file Brief ?
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2021, 03:29:23 pm »
I don't know the answer. I filed my FDC (federal district court) materials pro se, but after that I was able to find an actual attorney before it was time for the filing of briefs to begin. If memory serves, it took the SSA about 5 months to respond to the complaint.

To others reading this, this is why it is important to try and get an attorney who can take you through the FDC level. It is not impossible to do on your own, but sometimes it is difficult and/or confusing even with the instructions provided online, and deadlines are vital. For me, there was very little chance of doing it correctly and effectively while battling severe depression and anxiety. After so many rejections, I was lucky (and grateful) to come across a federally-admitted SSDI lawyer who was willing to step in so late in the game.
Los Angeles, CA

Short Version: Filed June 2012 at age 46; major depression + general anxiety. Denied all the way. Fed district court remanded, 2nd hearing delayed twice (11 months total delay). Bench approval at remand hearing in March 2017. Took over six months to receive closed-period award pymt.

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Re: Federal Court Pro Se - When to file Brief ?
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2021, 04:45:30 am »
Thank You, I am pursing this for my daughter. Her attorney dropped her @ the last Appeals Council denial. It was her 2nd time at the AC - 1st time they approved, 2nd time they denied ? I want to help her find new attorney. Like you stated the deadlines are so strict, she needed to file in Federal Court within 60 days. Nearly impossible to find an attorney to take on that task so quick, and knowing all the facts in her case. That is why I choose to just proceed for her myself.
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Re: Federal Court Pro Se - When to file Brief ?
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2021, 09:58:58 am »
If you are truly still looking for an attorney, you can call the clerk's office to see if you can request an extension because you are trying to find a qualified attorney. No guarantees, but that may be a possibility.
Los Angeles, CA

Short Version: Filed June 2012 at age 46; major depression + general anxiety. Denied all the way. Fed district court remanded, 2nd hearing delayed twice (11 months total delay). Bench approval at remand hearing in March 2017. Took over six months to receive closed-period award pymt.

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Re: Federal Court Pro Se - When to file Brief ?
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2021, 11:10:08 pm »
I was able to file my wife
Wife Age at application: 39 yrs
disabilities: bipolar, anxiety, depression, lumber spinal stenosis
Application Date: 12/17
Denial:7/18
Appeal for ALJ: 8/18
Hearing: 2/19
Denial: 5/19
Appeals Council: 5/19
Remand: 2/20
2nd hearing: 7/20
Denial 9/20
AC denial 1/21
Filed 2nd claim
Fed court 2/21

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Re: Federal Court Pro Se - When to file Brief ?
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2021, 12:21:48 am »
I was able to file my wife

Unfortunately we're still experiencing a forum software glitch so I think your post may have gotten cut off because of using an apostrophe in "wife's". This mainly seems to affect people using apple and mobile devices. In order to avoid your posts getting cut off, don't use apostrophes or quote marks. I realize how frustrating this is.
Location: IL
Age at Application: 31
Disability: Depression, anxiety
Applied: 11/2013
First Denial: 03/2014
Reconsideration Denial: 11/2014
Hearing: 11/13/15 (Friday the 13th!)
ALJ Approval: 01/15/16 Fully Favorable
Back Pay: 02/13/16
Award Letter: 02/17/16
1st monthly benefit: 03/21/16