If you’re already worried about obtaining your disability assistance in the first place, you definitely don’t have the time to stress over the cost of getting a disability lawyer to help make the process easier – or do you? Our Social Security disability attorneys at Aiello Law Group have divulged the answers to such mysteries below.
How Much Does A Disability Lawyer Cost?
The truth is, the process of compensating disability attorneys for their assistance in helping you retrieve benefits is likely not at all what you think. Rather than paying a standard amount upfront for their help, like you would any other product or service, payments are actually made retroactively, and only if, and when, Social Security disability benefits are secured. So the fact is how much your lawyer might cost really all depends.
How Are Fees Determined?
Of course the primary goal is to save as much money as possible, so you always have a choice of whether you want to accept outside help. However, if you decide to proceed, you need to know you will never be left in the dark. Before a disability lawyer even takes on your case officially, you have to sign what is known as a “contingency fee agreement” that outlines the precise terms of payment, including specifically how much you will owe based on how much is money in benefits is recovered on your behalf. Prior to even that though, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has to get involved to make sure the terms aren’t unfair or unfavorable for the client. In fact, a contingency fee agreement has to actually be approved by the SSA before it can go into affect.
What Does This Mean For You?
If you are anxious about whether or not you are going to be able to qualify for Social Security disability benefits at all, or you’ve already been denied and are waiting to appeal, taking advantage of professional legal help at no upfront cost is going to be the best way for you to have every advantage in your pursuit. Plus, you’ve literally got nothing to lose. If for whatever reason you’re denied for benefits, you will not owe a thing for the support you’ve received up until that point. If you do succeed, you’re still not paying out of pocket. A small percentage of compensation is simply taken out of your benefits; unusually either no more than 25%, or $6,000, whichever ends up being less.
Social Security Fee Schedule – No Upfront Fees
The fees that attorneys charge for representing you, whether you have a new application, or need an attorney for the appeal process, are regulated by federal law. This means that the attorney fee will be the same for every attorney across the United States. The attorney will be paid only if you win and if the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves your claim. If the SSA approves your claim, it will send you a check for retroactive benefits, and a check covering the months your case was pending in the Administration. Upon your claim’s approval, the SSA withholds the smaller of 25% or $6,000.00 from your (and your family member’s, if applicable) retroactive check, and sends the money directly to your attorney as your fee.
Ready to enlist the help of your very own Social Security disability attorneys? Choose a team that offers more than 140 years worth of combined experience: Aiello Law Group! Call us, today, at 313.964.4900 or fill out the form in the sidebar or on our contact page, and learn more about how we can help you.