As soon as you receive a notice that your hearing has been scheduled, please contact your attorney immediately. This is necessary to ensure that up to date medical records and information is available to the Administrative Law Judge who will hear your case. It also gives a final opportunity to obtain additional opinions from your doctors supporting your application for benefits. This is one reason why a local attorney is usually a better choice to assist in your social security disability case. Law firms in groups with a “national” practice are often not available to meet in person prior to the hearing.