How Much Does A Social Security Disability Lawyer Cost in Spokane, WA?

You Can Hire a World-Class Social Security Disability Lawyer

For some, the concern about the cost of a great social security disability lawyer stops them from ever even picking up the phone to find out. We would all love to have the best disability attorney that money can buy, right!  But, we all remember that line, “you get what you pay for…”

Would you believe though, that in the world of Social Security Disability Lawyers, that’s not how it works at all?


You Can Hire a World-Class Social Security Disability Lawyer

 

We’ve covered in many ways how you can go about identifying who is a quality social security lawyer vs someone you should take an extra look at.  In fact, we’ve even covered how a lot of Social Security lawyers aren’t even located in town!  But, we’ve never covered how you can afford to work with any one of them.

That’s, right.  Whether they are a 5-Star, world-class Social Security Lawyer, or a brand new graduate from law school.  We know you can afford them because as an industry, we all charge the same thing.  And that’s been codified in law.

 

All Social Security Disability Lawyers Charge the Same Fees

 

Social Security Disability lawyers work on contingency.  This is different than other types of law, or lawyers who you might hire on a retainer like basis.   By this, we mean, many people often have a concept of lawyers being like an investment.   You pay into them, sometimes a lot of money, and they’ll either save you money (in mitigated costs) or earn you money (in lawsuit $) in the long run.

This couldn’t be further from the truth with Social Security Disability Lawyers, and that’s probably a good thing.  Remember, with SSI claims, claimants are in situations where they are asset restricted.  Meaning, there is a maximum income and asset profile for these benefits.  Even when talking about SSDI claims, most often claimants don’t have the personal assets to retain an attorney.

Fortunately, for the purposes of appealing a Social Security Disability claim, it costs you $0 to hire an attorney.  Whether they are the best, the worst, or someone in-between… it costs the same.

 

The Best, The Worst, Someone In-Between

 

The fact that Social Security Disability lawyers earn a living on contingency of getting your claim awarded, puts you as the claimant, and the consumer in an advantageous position.  You can shop around and find the right fit.

Take Spokane, for instance.  In Spokane, there are a number of Social Security Disability Lawyers and law firms.  We happen to believe Lilac City Law is the best Social Security law firm in Spokane, but of course we would.

Since all of the firms cost the same, you get to figure out which one you’d rather work with.  Don’t take too long though, as your claim/appeal is very depended on making sure many things are done in the proper order and within their respective deadlines.

 

So, How Much Will A Social Security Disability Lawyer Cost Me, and When?

 

We don’t want to mislead you in believing representation won’t have a fee.  It will, if we win.  But being that the fee is contingent upon a successful outcome, it will fall within a range depending on your claim.  That range, however, is capped at $6,000.

So, let’s start with that cap.  The most you’ll ever pay for Social Security Disability representation, if successful on your appeal, is $6,000.  And that $6,000 will most likely be deducted from your bulk payment award.

 

But…What if My Back Payment is Less than $6,000?

That’s an excellent question.  The cap as discussed above is in reality a maximum fee. You would not be paying that unless you had a back payment greater than ~$24,000.  This is because the fee for all claims is 25% of the back payment award with the cap being $6,000.

 

Break it Down for Me

Scenario #1: Let’s say you are awarded on appeal for 18 months of back-payment for an SSI Claim.  Your award will be in the ~$18k.  The fees charged for your claim will be based on 25% of your award.    $4,500 (out of the award – not out of pocket)

Scenario #2: Your claim is awarded on appeal and you will be getting approximately $5k in back payment.  The representation fees will be based on 25% of your award: 25% of $5k = $1,250 (out of the award – not out of pocket)

Scenario #3: Your claim is awarded on appeal and you will be receiving about ~$80k in back payment.  The representation fees will be based on 25% of your award but they will be capped at $6,000.  Attorney’s fees = $6,000 (out of the award – not out of pocket)

 *without the cap, you’d be paying ~$20k in fees! 

 

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Highlighting our Ultimate Disability Guide

Lilac City Law is a different kind of law firm.  We are focused on great service and support for you if you are disabled.  And more recently we started focusing on making sure your family is taken care of.   Whether your needs are disability advice, family wealth planning, or something else, you need information.

This last point is why we are thrilled to be able to write this blog.  It is our way of highlighting important information about all our services.  We get to share with you what we know, and what we feel you should too.  One of the tools we created to help you in navigating disability services is The Ultimate Disability Guide.  What’s that?  The Ultimate Disability Guide is 10 insider tips, shared with you for free, to help you maximize your Social Security Disability or SSI Application.

Our Ultimate Disability Guide covers 10 very important topics that you might surprise you.  And yet it is designed to be quick to understand.  In five minutes, you can begin putting into place your plan for applying for SSI or SSDI.  And if you need help, you can know when is the best time to start looking for disability lawyer representation.

Whether you want to know about the biggest pitfalls to avoid or the best ways to keep your disability claim moving, The Ultimate Disability Guide is a great first step.

We’d like to highlight other great resources in the Lilac City Law blog.  Please send us any thoughts you have in the comments below.  In the meantime, here’s a great video about The Ultimate Disability Guide.


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Social Security Myth #4


“DISABILITY CLAIMS ARE SOARING!”


If you were to turn on the nightly news you might come away with the impression that disability claims have soared in recent years.  Perhaps everyone is onto the secret?   Social Security Disability is a way to get compensation from the Federal Government for being unable to work because of an injury or illness.. Or is it?

The Role of Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability is a benefit paid into by most workers. If something happens that stops these workers from being able to work, they can apply to receive compensation.  An excellent way to look at this benefit is to consider it similar to an insurance policy on someone’s ability to work.  But, as some news outlets have noted, is it something else as well?  Are disability claims a path to easy street?

We’ve already covered the history of fraud, waste, abuse, and drugs in Social Security Disability, and how we got to ‘today.’ In fact, a common theme in our series on busting Social Security Disability myths has been demonstrating how the facts don’t seem to match up with the prevailing opinions on this topic.

The Typical Spin

The Washington Post opines, Welfare is the New Work,” and expands on this assertion by stating, “disability rolls are growing even as worker safety has hit an all-time high.”  The Richmond Federal Reserve Bank decries federal disability benefits becoming the new “general safety net.”  What is the truth behind these seemingly authoritative opinions?   And what are some reasons to question the conclusions of these authors?

One of the best responses to these opinions has come from the opinion pages of the New York Times.  Three entire paragraphs at the end of the previously linked article break down in detail why “Disability claims are not skyrocketing.”  We will summarize below.

If you look at the disability claims and awards over a historical timeline you can see why someone might claim a skyrocketing increase in claims.  It’s certainly something that requires a nuanced and objective look though.

A Closer Look at the Data

Since 2000, claims have doubled, however, something interesting has happened..award rates have stayed essentially the same among the entirety of workers, about 5%.  If claims are skyrocketing and award rates are staying the same, is there a problem of fraud, waste, or abuse?  Logic would say in this case, that if there were it wouldn’t be on the part of the claimants.  It is Social Security that has deviated sharply down from their historical awards rate in recent years.


Another point that is important to understand in this discussion is that while the number of claims and claims awarded may have gone up in the last 10-15 years, so too has the pool of workers from which claims can be drawn.

Bringing the Spin & the Data Together

So why has the rate of total claims increased in recent years?  Several factors likely play into this.  The first being a poor economy from 2009-2015 or so.  During the Great Recession, the total labor force far out numbered available jobs.  Everyone had a hard time finding employment, especially those on the cusp of possibly rating a disability benefit.  The reality of being terminally un-employed likely brought a number of claimants to the disability application process that would potentially have continued being the working disabled in a more traditional economy.

Other, demographic, factors also influenced the spike in applications.  The average age of the workforce was/is moving higher as baby-boomers hit retirement age.  The number of workers 55-65 years remained unusually high during the great recession as many near retirement workers chose to continue working.  Workers in this age range are at a higher risk of needing to file for disability at some point because of a confluence of age and a  lifetime of work.

Another demographic shift can be found in the rising rate of women seeking disabilities.

Women have taken more work as a whole, and also more physically demanding work over the last four decades.  In reference to this trend, since1985 the age-adjusted disability rate for women has increased at a much faster clip than age-adjusted disability rate for men.

Looking at the Assumptions Again

So, is it fair to say, “Disability Claims are Soaring!” 

Well, the disability claims rate is up, sure.  But when adjusted for age and demographics, they are only slightly up, and certainly not “soaring.”  Moreover, as we’ve shown many times in this blog, the actual award rates, despite the number of claims, has remained flat, and in respect to the number of claims – it has dropped drastically.

This last point is probably the more surprising story that places like the Washington Post missed.  The headline should read:

“The Award Rate for Disability is Plummeting!”

But that story doesn’t sell…

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