“I haven’t been working for several months, and I’m already behind on my bills. I have no idea how I can pay for a lawyer and keep up with my day-to-day living expenses.”
The question everyone wants to ask: How much does it cost?
This is one of the first questions people ask when they call my office. If you want to know how to prepare for the initial consultation, watch for an upcoming blog post. If you are just interested in the fees, this blog should answer your questions.
Simply stated, there is no fee for the initial interview with my staff or the initial consultation with me. There is no fee unless your claim is successful.
If I accept your case, we will enter into a written fee agreement. In the typical case, the fee is either twenty-five (25%) of the past-due benefits or the maximum amount approved by the Social Security Commissioner (currently $6,000.00), whichever is less. My fee must be approved by the Social Security Administration. In addition to this fee for my services, there will be other administrative costs which we will discuss more thoroughly when we enter into a written agreement for representation.
If you would like to review the “Appointment of Representative Form” before your appointment, you can visit this link: https://www.socialsecurity.gov/forms/ssa-1696.pdf. Page 7 of this form explains how fees are authorized and approved when you have a representative.
For more information about the role of a representative in a Social Security Disability claim you can visit this page: https://www.ssa.gov/representation/overview.htm#&sb=-1&a0=3.
Your Social Security benefits might be the single most valuable financial investment you have made in your life. My staff and I understand how important your claim is. We will work diligently with you to preserve this valuable asset and protect your family’s financial future. The fees and costs for representation are modest when compared to the benefits a successful claim can yield.
Cost might be the big issue in a client’s mind at the first appointment, but the biggest issue in my mind is cooperation.
I have high expectations of each client. And each client is entitled to have high expectations of me and my staff. We invest a great deal of time and resources into developing every client’s case. In most cases, I get paid only if the client receives past due benefits. If the claim is unsuccessful, there is no fee.
Now that you understand how fees are handled, I encourage you to contact The Bailey Law Office and speak to one of my staff for the free initial consultation. This initial phone interview is the same whether you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income. My assistant will ask about your past work, current medical condition, and many other relevant topics. The interview will last between 20 and 40 minutes. Based on that interview with one of my assistants, I will either schedule an appointment to meet you in person if I believe I can help you with your claim or I will ask my staff to call you back and explain that I am not accepting your case.
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