Re: waiting stage
I was told by my attorney there are only two ways to speed up a hearing:
1. If a doctor says you are going to die within 6 months
2. If you have an eviction/forclosure notice in hand
Otherwise, you basically have to wait in line line everyone else does. The system is really backlogged. Also, it's very inconsistent so some people in some parts of the country get a hearing in as little as 3 months, and others have to wait 2-3 years.
Once in a great while a judge will pull out a packet and randomly make a decision or move up the hearing, but this is rare.
I know it's hard to wait for the hearing - I've been there and it's truly nerveracking.