First of all, your attorney cannot charge a fee unless she wins your case.
Attorney fees are both approved and capped by Social Security, so an attorney will usually not charge you more than 25 percent of any “past due” benefits you receive, not to exceed $6,000.00. (If your case goes to federal court, additional fees may be allowed.) Your “past due” benefits are paid in a lump sum to you by Social Security after you win your case, and the attorney fees are either taken from the lump sum by Social Security and issued directly to her, or you will pay her the fee when you receive your check. At the time you receive your lump sum benefits, you will likely be required to repay the attorney for the out-of-pocket expenses she incurred to help win your case, which are the costs for ordering your medical reports and records, ordering evaluations from specialists, postage, copying, etc.
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