What if I cannot afford an attorney?

Attorneys’ fees are both approved and regulated by Social Security. Many attorneys work on a contingency fee. This means that you do not have to pay attorneys fees if you do not recover. Contingency fee percentages are capped at 25 percent of the “past due” benefits with a cap not to exceed $6000.00. Social Security will pay the attorneys’ fees amount to your attorney at the conclusion of your case out of your past-due lump-sum benefits. At that time, you may also have to pay your attorney for any out-of-pocket expenses such as ordering medical records; copies and postage.