How Can I Afford an Attorney

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Hyde Park and Franklin, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyers

How to Afford a Lawyer on a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Claim

How Can I afford to Pay for an Attorney?

Individuals who are filing for Social Security Disability benefits are often worried about their finances. Because they are not working, a main concern I often hear is “how am I going to be able to afford to pay for any attorney to help me with my claim for Social Security Disability benefits”. Thankfully, that is one thing that you do not have to worry about.

Being part of a Federal program, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is administered by the Social Security Administration and is governed by regulations which provide for how attorneys are compensated. Currently, an attorney who is successful in getting a client on disability benefits is paid his or her attorney fees out of the retroactive benefits due the client, capped at the lesser of $6,000.00 or 25% of those past-due benefits.

Calculation of the Fess

For example, let’s say that you stopped working in June due to a disability. If you applied for benefits the following January and receive a favorable decision in November, you may be entitled to monthly disability benefits going back to your disability date in June of the prior year. If the total of those retroactive benefits came to $30,000, 25% of that amount comes to $7,500 but your attorney would only be entitled to $6,000, as that is the lesser of the two. If, on the other hand, the retroactive benefits came to $20,000, the attorney fees would come to $5,000, as again this is the lesser of $6,000 or 25% of the retroactive award.

Attorney Fees are Only Due on Successful Claims

The fees of your attorney are only paid out of the past-due benefits. Any benefits to which you may be entitled in the future are not taken into consideration for the attorney fees. Further, you are not responsible for any attorney fees until you are found entitled to disability benefits. If the final result is that your attorney does not succeed in having you found eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, there is no attorney fee due.

The bottom line is that you pay no fees up front, do not get a bill from your attorney and a fee for the attorney’s work (taken out of the retroactive benefits) is only payable if the claim is successful. Given that claims with attorney involvement are much more likely to be approved than those where the claimant tries to apply for benefits without an attorney, it does not make sense to go it alone.

Yellin & Hyman has a very high success rate on the Social Security Disability benefits claims it handles. We understand how vitally important the disability claim is for our client, and we give each case the attention and effort it deserves. As a practical matter, we also realize that we will only get paid if our clients are awarded benefits, so the ultimate goal of our client and or office is one and the same- get the client approved for Social Security Disability Benefits.

With offices conveniently located in Franklin and Hyde Park, Yellin & Hyman, PC is readily available to assist you with your most urgent and pressing legal needs.

Contact a Social Security Disability Attorney for a free consultation

For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer, please contact Yellin & Hyman today.  Call our Franklin office at 508-528-8885, our Hyde Park office at 617-361-5310 or send us an e-mail.