Social Security attorney fees for helping Americans get their benefits are set by the Social Security Administration (SSA) itself.
Social Security disability attorney fees will be the lesser of twenty-five percent (25%) of all past-due benefits awarded to the claimant and any auxiliaries/dependents, or the dollar amount established by Social Security which is currently set at $6,000. But, the amount may be increased from time to time by the Commissioner of Social Security. If an appeal to the appeals council or federal court is made, the attorney will petition for the full 25% of all past due benefits.
For Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), back payments cannot begin for 5 months after the established onset of the disability. Therefore, Social Security benefits will be paid for the sixth full month after the date the disability began until the case is approved.
For Supplemental Security Income (SSI), back payments go back no further than the date that the application was filed.
When engaging a disability lawyer for your claim, you sign a fee agreement acknowledging these things. You will know up front the maximum amount of your Social Security disability lawyer fees, and you will know that this will not come from your pocket but rather from the SSA as part of the settlement process.