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How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Do Social Security Disability and SSI Lawyers Require A Retainer? (Fees and costs)



 
Disability lawyers and disability representatives are not allowed to demand a retainer for their services. Disability attorneys or representatives receive one fourth of any back payment of benefits that are due the disability beneficiary or their dependents (spouse or children) up to the maximum fee amount allowable (see How much does a Social Security Disability attorney get paid?).

If the maximum allowed fee is collected from the disabled beneficiary’s back payment, nothing will be taken from their dependents’ back pay. However, if the maximum fee amount was not collected from the disabled beneficiary’s back payment, then one fourth of their dependent’s back payment will be taken in an effort to pay the attorney or representative the maximum fee amount that is due to them per the fee agreement that was signed.



In addition to the maximum fee, disability lawyers or non-lawyer representatives are allowed to charge what are known as incidental fees. Incidental fees might include reimbursement for travel, copies, medical records, vocational or medical experts, phone charges, etc. and they are allowable if the disability applicant agreed to pay them when they signed their fee agreement with their representative.

Fee agreements are legally binding agreements between representatives and their clients that contain the agreed upon fee amount and incidental expenses. Some lawyers and Social Security non-attorney representatives ask that disability claimants pay incidental expenses whether they win or lose their disability case while others may ask that the expenses be paid only if they win their case. It just depends upon the disability lawyer or representative.

The important thing for disability claimants to remember is fee agreements are legally binding and that disability lawyers and representatives can demand payment for anything the disability applicant agreed to pay when they signed the their fee agreement. It goes without saying that if a disability applicant chooses to obtain the services of a paid representative, either an attorney or non-attorney, they should read their fee agreement carefully before signing.








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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

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Who is eligible for SSI disability?

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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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