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.
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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