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Claim for SS Disability - What does an attorney or Representative charge?
"Hi - I am trying to help my brother file a claim for SS disability and am looking for an attorney or advocate to represent him that charges a flat rate? My brother lives in Florida and all of the attorneys we have contacted charge a lifetime percentage rate of your payment....can you advise??? Thanks"
Disability attorneys and non-attorney disability representatives are regulated by the Social Security Administration with regard to the fees that they can charge. That fee is 25 percent of a person's back pay, up to a maximum (in prior years that max was $4000, $5300, and in 2013 and for the forseeable future is $6000).
So, this means that you never pay more than $6000 for disability representation services. It also mean you may pay considerably less, assuming you receive less in Social Security back pay. For example, if you received $20,000 in back pay, the representative's fee would be $5000.
The fee can never be more than $6000. And the fee is never paid unless the case is won. There is no lifetime percentage rate. You may be thinking about workman's compensation, which varies by state.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Does Social Security pay the Disability Attorney fee?
What is the maximum fee a Social Security disability attorney can charge?
What Can A Disability Lawyer Charge For Their Services - Fees and Expenses?
What Expenses Will A Social Security Attorney Charge In Addition To The Fee?
The Social Security Disability Representation Fee and What a Lawyer is Paid
If You Are Represented For Social Security Disability or SSI, When Do You Pay The Fee?
How does a Social Security attorney get paid?
How do Disability Lawyers in North Carolina get paid their fees?
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 answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria