Your lay witnesses can profoundly impact your case either positively or negatively. An experienced Winterhaven Social Security lawyer explains how to make your choices effectively.
The Lay Witness
Your Winterhaven Social Security lawyer can define a lay witness as someone who is not considered an expert. These people, by offering sound, honest statements, may make the difference between success and failure.
Choosing Effective Witnesses
Your Winterhaven Social Security lawyer will very likely caution you against calling on every one of your acquaintance and all your relatives to serve as witnesses. Together, you will limit the total to perhaps two or three people who are able to speak effectively on your behalf.
In choosing the people you want to testify for you, your Winterhaven Social Security attorney will recommend that you look carefully at their powers of self-expression, their degree of willingness, their degree of familiarity with the issues under examination and their estimation of their own powers (avoid people who think they’re cleverer than they really are).
Normally, you will choose your lay witnesses from those nearest and dearest to you. This may be your wife or husband, an adult or minor child, long-standing friends or close family members (siblings, for example).
In the eyes of the ALJ, it may be wise to include people who are not as emotionally attached to you as your family or dear friends may be as these people may be seen as more unbiased. Your Winterhaven Social Security attorney might suggest that you consider people who you know professionally or socially and/or people with or for whom you have worked in the past to provide balance in your presentation of your case.
Find Qualified Advice
If you are involved in a Social Security disability case, the guidance of an experienced Winterhaven Social Security lawyer will be of great value. Find help by calling the attorneys at Kaylor, Kaylor & Leto at 1(800) 900-7734 today.