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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Missouri on
Q: How much can a disability attorney retain once a social security disability claim has been approved?
Cheryl F Coon
Cheryl F Coon answered on Jun 5, 2015

Fortunately for social Security disability clients, the law is very clear. Unless you and your lawyer agree to a different fee, your lawyer is limited to 25% of past-due benefits, with a cap of $6000. However, your lawyer does not "retain" this amount, as he or she never receives your... Read more »

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Q: can my lawyer cancel my ssi hearing date? shes only recently involved ive done most work myself
Cheryl F Coon
Cheryl F Coon answered on Jun 5, 2015

Have you asked your lawyer why she took this action? Ordinarily, a lawyer would consult with her client first. She may feel that your case is not ready for a hearing because she only just became involved. I urge you to talk with her.

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Q: What is the name of the position that first reviews an SSDI case? The person who first denies/aproves it?
Cheryl F Coon
Cheryl F Coon answered on Jun 5, 2015

Every state has a number of offices that decide Social Security disability actions. The first place is your local Field office; the second place that a decision may occur is at the Disability Determination Service of your State, and the third decisionmaker is the Office of Disability Adjudication... Read more »

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Q: SSA DDS approved my disability application, but with a different significantly later date for disability start.

In their letter, they stated that I became disabled "under their rules" on YY. This date YY is more than one year after I actually became disabled. How do I find out how they determined this disability start date? Do I have a right to call them and ask about their rules for this... Read more »

Cheryl F Coon
Cheryl F Coon answered on Jun 5, 2015

This happens frequently. On the positive side, it sounds as though you were approved without having to wait for a hearing. However, Social Security frequently changes what you said was the date on which you became disabled, usually because they do not believe that there is adequate medical... Read more »

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