5) Assume that you cannot afford to hire an attorney.
When I am hired to represent clients that are trying to get SSI/Social Security disability benefits my fees are based on a 25% contingent fee of the back pay that is recovered. That means that I only collect a fee if I am successful for my clients and I get them on disability benefits.
Assuming that we are successful, my fee would be 25% of the back pay that you recover. For example; if you were entitled to $1,000 a month for Social Security disability and you were owed 4 months of back pay at the end of your case, your back pay would total $4,000. Out of the $4,000 that is owed, 25% would go to pay your attorney which would equal $1,000. You would get the remainder which would be $3,000.
This fee setup is good for a number of reasons: 1) You do not have to have any money up front to hire me; 2) I only am entitled to collect a fee if I am successful for my client and they recover back pay; 3) I will do everything I can to work hard and be successful for my clients because I only get paid if I am successful; 4) I only take cases that I think I can be successful on for the reasons mentioned above.