The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all the benefits to which they are entitled in all kinds of disability cases. These include Social Security Disability, long-term disability, short-term disability, state retirement and workers’ compensation.
Applicants that disagree with the fee charged by a representative or any information contained in a fee agreement must contact the Social Security Administration within 20 days. After the reasonable value of a representative’s services is considered by the SSA, it will inform an applicant, in writing, of the approved amount of any fee. Again, applicants that disagree with the approved fee must inform the SSA in writing within 30 days from the date the fee was authorized.
Any fee approved by the Social Security Administration represents the most a rep may charge for services, despite any agreement between the parties to pay more. If an attorney or non-attorney eligible for direct payment represents an applicant, Social Security withholds up to 25 percent of any past-due benefits for payment of the representative’s fee.
While the SSA may directly pay a representative, there are times when an applicant must pay his or her representative directly. One situation is when the amount approved by SSA is more than the money previously withheld and paid to a representative, or no money at all was withheld by the SSA. Another situation when an applicant must pay the entire fee is if a representative isn’t eligible for direct payment; At times, the SSA will send money it should have withheld pursuant to a representative’s timely request and, instead, sends it to the applicant.
The court may allow a reasonable fee for an attorney if a claim is appealed to federal court. If this occurs, legal representation is crucial and necessary to an applicant’s success at this level. The SSA will not need to approve any related fee since it can’t exceed 25 percent of all past-due benefits that result from the court’s decision. An attorney may not charge or collect any extra fee for services before the Appeals Court.
Every application for long-term disability benefits requires the consideration of an extensive list of factors. Disability cases are complicated and time-consuming. The interim period between application and award requires the strict observance of formalities, details, time limits, and other deadlines. The Sullivan Law Office provides over twenty-five years of experience in all types of disability cases, including Social Security Disability, long-term disability, short-term disability, state retirement and workers’ compensation. Contact the Sullivan Law Office today. We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you. Call 888-587-0228 or visit us online.