Did you know that there is an active trade in law firms seeking out representatives to go to their Social Security disability hearings? It’s a little thing called coverage.
Coverage means getting someone (often as the last minute) to “cover” a hearing for you. Now, covering a legal proceeding is nothing new. Lawyers get sick, they get double booked. Often they need someone to cover for them at a small matter.
There are 3 differences in how coverages works in Social Security disability cases: Continue reading Coverage: the dirty secret of Social Security disability
This week’s episode of Disability Tips covers what to do if you are fired by your disability lawyer.
There are a number of Social Security disability lawyers and law firms out there that are happy to take a case. However, when it comes to get ready for a hearing, they decide that the chances of winning are too low (and too much of a risk to their win / loss record). So, they drop the case (and the client).
However, you cannot afford that same luxury. You would not be applying for disability if you had other options. You still have to go on and try to prove your case. This week’s episode covers:
- How to request your file.
- What to do if your lawyer refuses or delays releasing your file.
- What to do if your lawyer wants to charge for the file.
- What you should also get from your lawyer.
Continue reading Fired by your Social Security disability lawyer?
Social Security has a great overview site for new Social Security disability representatives (both lawyers and non-lawyers) going over best practices before the Social Security Administration.
Here are some good tips: Continue reading Best Practices for Social Security Disability Representatives
Maybe you have moved out of state and had to get a new lawyer on your Social Security disability case. Maybe you fired your lawyer. Maybe your lawyer fired you. But now, you have to find a new lawyer!
What is going to happen to the attorney fees?
Do I have to pay both lawyers?
There are two things that can happen: Continue reading Fees when hiring a NEW Social Security lawyer?
What is the most a lawyer can charge in a Social Security case?
We have talked about the typical fee agreement when you are applying for Social Security disability benefits before. But I am often asked what is maximum someone can charge?
Social Security regulations set a cap for attorneys fees. Originally, the fee cap was $4,000, then $5,300, and as of June 2009, the cap is $6,000.
Unless the representative is charging fees under a fee petition, the most the lawyer can charge is 6,000. Or, if you are reading this before June 2009, $5,300.
A “fee petition” is a way your lawyer asks Social Security for fees for his services.
I though attorneys were paid a percentage of what I get?
Percentage-based contingency fee agreements are the most common way attorneys get paid in Slocial Security cases. However there are two ways an attorney might get paid. Continue reading Social Security disability fee petition EXPLAINED
Meet the most expensive “associate” in most law firms. More expensive than a regular lawyer. More expensive than the named partner. It’s … the photocopier.
I was recently reviewing the charges for a one of my clients who was previously represented by a national law firm. Do you know how much they were charging for copies? .35 cents a page!
That’s not all! Here is their price sheet: Continue reading Lawyers’ secret gold-mine
I came across a video for a home study course to become representative in Social Security disability cases. That’s right! A Home. Study. Course.
Do you want to be represented on your Social Security disability case by someone who took a home study course? Continue reading Some Social Security representatives take a HOME STUDY COURSE?
I have previously written about how Social Security (usually) pays your lawyer directly if you win your Social Security disability case.
But, did you know that Social Security charges to do this. The Florida Social Security Disability Blog (in my old stomping grounds of Ocala and Gainesville), discusses the Social Security “user fee.” Continue reading Social Security disability benefit “user fee” to pay your lawyer
Pop Quiz: Do you save money by waiting to hire a lawyer/attorney until your hearing is scheduled?
Why? Read on! Continue reading Need a Social Security lawyer? Don’t wait until the last minute!