We offer contingency representation to our clients during difficult financial times.
Social Security: Attorney Fees on Social Security Disability claims are handled on a contingency fee basis as dictated by the Social Security Administration – 25% of your past due benefits up to the fee cap in effect as regulated by SSA at the time of decision which is currently $6,000. If your case proceeds beyond a hearing to the Appeals Council or Federal Court then the fee cap is not applicable, but the attorney fee is still limited to 25% of your past due benefits. That means if you appoint us to represent you, our attorney fee is based on the amount of benefits you are awarded. If you do not win or collect, you do not owe attorney fees. Costs and expenses paid or incurred on your behalf differ from attorney fees and usually must be paid by the client. Fees in federal court Social Security appeals additionally involve payment of attorneys fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) for success in the federal court appeal and attorney fees under 406(b) if your claim is ultimately approved. The 406(b) fee will not be more than 25% of your past due benefits. If you receive long-term disability (LTD) benefits from your employer, a union or insurance company, they may pay our attorney fee and expenses for you.
Long Term Disability: Attorney Fees on Long Term Disability claims are handled in a variety of ways at the election of the client. We offer hourly representation and reasonable contingency agreements for administrative appeals and litigation. We also offer a special arrangement for clients at the initial application stage where we charge a small fee for evaluating your claim, analyzing your policy, and preparing your application and the remainder of our fees are distributed over your first 12 months of benefits. These contingent methods allow you to pay your attorney fees at the same time you are receiving your benefits. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.