Paying your Social Security Attorney


Clients are often nervous wondering how they are going to pay an attorney.  Well you do not have to pay a Social Security Disability attorney unless they win your case. You will probably be receiving a lump sum back pay from your Social Security Disability and/or SSI award.  Your back pay for example may be ten thousand dollars that you will receive that is retroactive, it covers all the months you have been waiting for Social Security Disability to be awarded so for example if you receive ten thousand in back pay I will receive twenty-five percent on a contingent fee basis of your back pay meaning two thousand five hundred dollars. Now that is if a case is expedited or adjudicated very quickly in the process.

In most cases a Social Security Disability hearing won’t occur for well over two years into the process therefore you’re back pay amount will exceed the ten thousand I just gave an example of, in fact, some of my clients get back pay covering retroactive benefits for two or three years.  Sometimes that lump sum can be anywhere from fifteen to a hundred thousand dollars.  I get twenty-five percent of your back pay; however, it cannot exceed six thousand dollars and so if you were to get a back pay of seventy thousand dollars I would not get twenty-five percent of that seventy thousand back pay my attorney fee would cap out at six thousand dollars.

If I don’t win your Social Security Disability case I don’t get paid anything so I like to tell clients that we are in the same boat we both have a strong self-interest in winning this case because I only get paid if you get paid.  My money will also come directly from the Social Security Administration for the attorney fee.  You do not need to write me a check or go to the bank.  Any monies that you receive in most cases you will be able to pocket provided Social Security has issued the checks correctly and my attorney fee will be directly deposited into my account so we don’t need to worry about any exchange of money after the disposition of your case.

This short informational blog post was provided by Anne Howard, an experienced Connecticut Social Security Disability Lawyer. Please contact The Law Office of Rosenstein & Howard to set up a free initial consultation.