Many lawyers work against an initial retainer and an hourly fee, disability lawyers do not. A disability lawyer in Oak Ridge will work on contingency; this simply means that they get paid their fee when they win your claim. If your lawyer fails to win then you are not liable for any legal fees. There is no need for you to pay anything up front; your lawyer gets paid when you do.
How does the process work?
When you first approach a disability lawyer, he or she will study the case carefully to determine if there is a good chance of winning. If the lawyer is of the opinion that you have a valid case you will be asked to enter into a written agreement that specifies the fee, this agreement must be approved by the SSA.
You and your lawyer are free to negotiate any fee as long as it does not exceed that set by law which is a maximum of $6,000 or 25 percent of the back pay you are granted, whichever is less.
Who pays for legal costs?
Any legal case, including a Social Security disability appeal has two different types of expenses. The first expense is the charge for time and legal talent while the second covers costs incurred while your lawyer is actively working on your behalf.
The fee for representing you is set by law, the other out of pocket expenses are those that are incurred along the way. It will be necessary for your lawyer to gather and photocopy numerous records that support your claim. Some records are available at no cost while your lawyer may have to pay a small fee for others.
A disability lawyer in Oak Ridge is allowed to charge you any out of pocket expenses. The majority of lawyers will ask that the expenses incurred are paid when the case has been won, along with their fee. The method of paying out of pock expenses will be defined in the fee agreement between you and your lawyer.
When you consider what you stand to lose, the legal fees charged by your disability lawyer in Oak Ridge are actually very reasonable. To discuss your case in detail you are invited to contact the Law Offices of Miller & Drozdowski, P.C. Follow us on google+.
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