SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
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 — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Does Social Security pay the Disability Attorney fee?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
The Social Security Administration allows individuals who are filing for, or have filed for disability, to obtain representation to help them through the disability process. Who is allowed to represent individuals who are filing for disability? An individual who is filing for disability may potentially choose any person they wish to assist them with their disability case.
Usually, though, disability representatives are either attorneys, or non-attorney representatives who are often former employees of the social security administration. Attorneys and non-attorney representatives charge a fee for representation, which is limited by Social Security rules and regulations.
What do I mean by "charge a fee"? You may be thinking I do not have the money to hire a representative especially now that I am unable to work. Luckily, Social Security representatives do not charge their fees up front; instead there is a binding agreement between the representative and their client that stipulates what the representative can charge as a fee in the event that a disability case has been won (in other words, if the case is not won, there is no fee). This binding agreement is simply known as the fee agreement.
Currently, the standard fee agreement will include a statement that the representative is allowed to collect twenty five percent of any back benefits payable to the disabled individual up to maximum of $6000.00 dollars. Of course, representatives may charge for incidental expenses along with the standard fee, such as for the cost of obtaining medical records. However, these expenses should also be clearly defined in the fee agreement.
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