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When does a disability attorney receive a fee?

Someone wrote this in a forum, in response to another individual's situation: "A disability attorney will not be paid until you have received your disability back pay benefits".

Is this true? Well, close but not just quite. As I've mentioned here many times before, a disability attorney receives as his or her fee, a portion of your disability back pay. Currently this is limited to 25% of your back pay, up to a maximum limit of $6000.00

So, obviously, a disability attorney cannot be paid a fee for providing representation that is based on back pay unless they actually win a disability case.

However, it is often the case (and I really do mean often) that a disability attorney will receive his or her fee from the social security administration well before the claimant receives their backpay. Why this happens, I'm not entirely sure.

However, it may simply be easier for SSA to do this since the attorney fee is easily calculated, whereas, if a claimant is approved for both social security disability and SSI disability (known as a concurrent claim), getting the backpay distribution correct usually takes a payment center longer to accomplish (sometimes on the order of months, unfortunately).

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

How to File for SSI
What are the Application Requirements For SSI Disability?
How do I apply for disability, when
Disability requirements and how to file in Missouri
Permanent disability benefits
Partial disability benefits
Who works on your Social Security Disability or SSI case?
Mean and rude Social Security judges
Looking for a good disability lawyer
How do you Apply for SSI?
What Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives