Social Security Disability

All Social Security initial entitlement claims, including SSD, SSI, disabled child, and disabled spouse benefits, are accepted on an industry-standard contingent fee agreement.  The fee agreement is set by the Social Security law.   Here's how it works:

  • When your claim is awarded, the government will issue you a lump-sum payment of past-due benefits reaching back to as early as one year before you filed your claim or six months after the date you are found disabled, whichever is later, or the month after you filed in an SSI claim. The government will withhold my fee from this lump sum.

  • My fee is 25% of those retroactive benefits up to a cap defined in the Social Security law, which in 2019 is set at $6000. The fee will be the lesser of $6000 or 25% of your backpay.

  • If an appeal is required after the first hearing, the cap of $6000 is removed and the fee is 25% of the backpay regardless of how much it is.

  • You pay no fee if your claim is not approved.

  • I will not charge you for the expenses that I incur in developing your claim. However, you are responsible for the costs of your own medical treatment, including if your doctor requires a fee for a special examination.

Note that in SSI claims, you may not receive all of your backpay at once due to income and resource rules attached to the program.  

There are other types of claims related to Social Security which we consider on a case by case basis for which there is no backpay involved, such as overpayment claims. We generally only accept overpayment claims as a customer service to our own past clients, but in some cases we may accept an overpayment or cessation claim on an hourly fee basis

Other services may be available by specific request.

 

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