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
One of the hardest parts about getting help on a Social Security case is finding the right person to work with.
What if i hire a lawyer and they don’t do anything?
What if I am not happy with the lawyer?
I don’t want to be stuck with a big bill.
Fortunately, Social Security takes a lot of the worry out of hiring a lawyer: Continue reading Will your Social Security disability lawyer rip you off?
What’s the maximum fee in a Social Security disability case. 99% of cases work under this fee structure:
Contingency based: If you win, the attorney gets 25% of your back benefits up to a $6,000 cap. The “25% or $6,000” fee agreement is a standard fee agreement that Social Security will almost always approve if the case is won and results in back benefits.
But there is second fee structure in Social Security disability cases that you should be aware of: Continue reading What is the most a lawyer can charge for Social Security disability?
I try to give you as much information as I can about Social Security overpayment / repayment cases, because the chances of finding an attorney to work with you … are not very good.
Many Social Security attorneys get paid out of the back benefits they win for the client (typically 25% up to a cap of $6,000). But, when you have an overpayment case, the best outcome is you will owe $0.00. 25% of $0.00 is $0.00.
In other words, there is nothing for the attorney to take a percentage of, if they win.
So how do you ever find a lawyer to help you with a Social Security overpayment case? Continue reading Overpayments: finding an attorney to help you