Social Security Disability and SSI Questions and Answers
What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
More questions about SSD and SSI
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips ó how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
What Can A Disability Lawyer Charge For Their Services - Fees and Expenses?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Social Security allows disability claimants to retain the services of a Social Security disability representative to help them with their disability claims.
Disability representatives can be lawyers or non-attorney representatives. All attorney and non-attorney representatives are bound by the same fee guidelines. They are allowed to charge twenty-five percent of any back payment of benefits up to the current maximum fee amount of $6000 (this amount increases from time to time).
This simply means if an individual is approved for disability and there is a back pay of benefits, the representative is entitled to twenty- five percent of the back pay amount or six thousand, whichever is less.
Certainly, if an individualís back pay of disability benefits amounts to two thousand dollars the lawyer is not going to receive six thousand. They will receive five hundred dollars.
That being said, disability applicants should keep in mind their lawyer is entitled to twenty five percent of all back pay benefits on the claim. If twenty- five percent of the disability beneficiaryís back pay does not reach the maximum, the lawyer is entitled to twenty - five percent of each dependentís back pay up to six thousand total (for instance, a dependent could be a child of the claimant).
In addition to the normal fee agreement amount, lawyers and representatives are allowed to charge their clients incidental fees. Incidental fees might include the cost of copies, telephone calls, travel, medical records, or vocational experts.
The important thing to remember when retaining the services of a Social Security disability lawyer or representative is to read your fee agreement thoroughly. If you do not understand something in the fee agreement ask for clarification. Some disability lawyers charge incidental expenses whether they win or lose your case, some do not charge incidental fees, and others only charge incidental fees if you win your disability case. Once you sign your fee agreement you have legally obligated yourself to pay the agreed upon expenses.
While it may seem complicated, the services of a disability lawyer or representative can mean the difference between losing or winning your disability claim, especially at the administrative law judge hearing appeal level.
While some disability applicants are approved at the initial disability claim or reconsideration appeal level, far more have to appeal their disability claim to an administrative law judge to win their disability benefits.
With this fact in mind, Social Security sets fee guidelines that make disability representation affordable for all. Lawyers and representatives are allowed a fair fee for their services and disability applicants do not have be disadvantaged because they cannot afford to pay a retainer or legal fees up front.
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