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How Do Social Security Attorneys Get Paid?

Published on March 28th, 2019

Many people wonder how a Social Security lawyer in Maryville gets paid, and the legal team at Miller & Drozdowski think that’s a fair question. If you don’t know the full story, there seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding how disability attorneys are compensated. We’re here to fill you in.

The Big Picture

Social Security lawyers work on contingency, charging nothing up front. If you hire a disability lawyer, you will sign a contingency fee agreement granting the Social Security Administration (SSA) permission to pay your attorney for their services, if you’re approved. Fortunately, this makes it significantly easier to access legal assistance for already cash-strapped applicants.

Disability attorneys are not paid unless the client wins their disability claim. Even if their client does win, a Social Security lawyer in Maryville is only entitled to a certain percentage or amount of any back or past-due benefits a client receives from the SSA.

How Legal Fees are Paid

Instead of sending their clients bills, Social Security lawyers file for legal fees with the SSA. After fee agreements are diligently reviewed, these fees are then paid out by the SSA. Payments come from the back benefits you’re due at the time of your disability benefits approval. Consequently, if you aren’t awarded any past-due benefits, the attorney is not entitled to fees.

Some applicants decide to fight their disability claim alone, while others seek the help of an experienced lawyer. If you find yourself searching for a helping hand, don’t hesitate to contact our Social Security lawyer in Maryville.

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