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The Social Security Disability process can be overwhelming. You may be confused, nervous, concerned with costs, time lines and how to survive with little income, or no income.

The following answers may ease some of these worries. Still have questions? Call or contact us today, we'd be happy to help!

Q: How much will it cost me upfront to work with you?

A: Nothing! We know how tough it can be to make it through this process. That is why we DO NOT charge a retainer fee or charge any expenses until you are approved.

Q: How long will this process take?

A: The time it takes to get your case approved depends on numerous factors. It can take up to two years, however we work very hard at getting your case approved quickly. If we can find a way speed up the process, we will do so.

Q: How soon will the judge make a decision?

A: That depends on the judge. If it is a favorable decision, it may go through several reviews between the judge and the case writer until the final favorable decision is issued. This usually takes about two to three months.

Q: When will I receive my money?

A: That will depend on whether you have signed up for direct deposit, the new debit card, or want a check. After an approval, it can take a month or two for current benefits to be paid and up to six months for all back benefits to be paid.

Q: Why don't I receive all my SSI payments at one time?

A: When receiving SSI disability payments, the law mandates the back payments to be made in three or more increments. The reason for increment payments is to help the person remain or obtain any other public benefits or housing assistance they may be entitled to. The disabled person has nine months to "spend down" the amount sent in each increment after such time the money is counted as a resource.

Q: How much is the attorney's fee?

A: Our contract calls for your attorney's fee to be 25% of all past-due benefits paid on your account, including SSI benefits and including any benefits paid to your family. Federal law imposes a cap on the amount we can be paid. Currently, the cap is at $6,000.00.

Q: Is there anything that I can do now to help insure that my benefits will continue?

A: The very best thing you can do is to continue seeing your doctor and following his or her advice. Many people with long-term chronic medical problems stop seeing their doctors because treatment doesn't seem to help. This is a mistake for two reasons:
1) It means that when SSA conducts its review, no medical evidence will exist to show that your condition is the same as it was when you first became disabled.
2) Perhaps even more importantly, doctors recommend that even healthy people after a certain age periodically have a thorough physical examination. This is even more important for people who already have chronic medical problems.

Q: What if I am unable to come to your office for meetings due to my disability?

A: If it is not possible for you to come to our office, we can make off-site appointments for your convenience.

Q: Can I still work while I am receiving Social Security Disability benefits?

A: Yes you can. There are trial work periods in which you can attempt to go back to work, without losing your benefits, if your conditions have improved. If your conditions have not improved but you are capable of working part-time, that is also allowed. There are limits to how much you can earn doing part-time work. Currently, if you are capable of working enough to earn over $1,000 gross per month, you are not considered disabled.