What will it cost me? How much can an attorney charge for helping me with my disability claim?
Attorneys’ Fees in DIB/SSI cases
Attorneys’ fees are regulated by the Social Security Act
- Fees are contingent; thus, if you are not awarded benefits, there is no fee.
- Typically, at the administrative level (through the ALJ hearing), fees are limited to 25% of your past-due benefits (back pay) with the maximum fee being $6,000.
- For example, if your back pay is $12,000 ($1,000 per month for 12 months), then the attorney fee would be $3,000.
- The $6,000 cap can be removed if extended appeals become necessary.