How Do I Pay a Social Security Lawyer Up Front If I Don’t Have the Money?

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 By James W. Ezzell

Good news, you don’t!

That is, when you apply for Social Security disability benefits you are asserting that you became disabled on a certain date, called your “alleged onset date,” and do not expect to get well any time soon.

In other words, you suffer from a severe impairment that is expected to last more than twelve months and that prevents you from doing any of your past or other work.

Depending on the type of disability claim you file, at some point you will begin accumulating past-due disability benefits, sometimes based off the “alleged onset date,” sometimes based on the date you filed the application.

Either way, part of these past-due disability benefits is actually the accumulated monthly monetary payment, the check, you should have been receiving all along had you been approved to begin with.  It is often referred to as the “lump sum.”

And here is the good news:  our attorney fee is paid out of this “lump sum,” not out of your pocket up front!

We are limited to a total of $6,000.00 or 25% of the “lump sum,” whichever is less.  For example, if your “lump sum” adds up to $100,000.00 the most we would be paid is $6,000.00.  If it added up to $10,000.00, the most we would be paid is the 25% or $2,500.00, again whichever is less.  If we want to get paid an attorney’s fee for handling your social security case, you have to get money so the burden is on us to do as good a job as possible in handling your case.

If you suffer from a severe impairment that is expected to last more than twelve months and that prevents you from doing any of your past or other work, please contact our office nearest to you to set up a free consultation appointment to discuss your situation.