The SSA determines the fee that any representative can charge for SSDI representation. Currently, under the SSA's fee agreement approval process, it is 25 percent of the retroactive dollar amount awarded, not to exceed $6,000 (as of June 22, 2009*). Those who are approved for SSDI benefits, sometimes very quickly, and do not receive a retroactive award generally pay lower fees.
- Example: If you are awarded a $1,000 monthly benefit and the award is retroactive 12 months ($12,000), your fee would be $3,000 (.25 x $12,000). You would keep the other $9,000 of your retroactive award. All of your monthly benefits ($1,000) are yours to keep going forward.
- Example: If your claim takes 42 months to get your $1,000 monthly benefit, your representation fee would be capped at $6,000 on the $42,000 retroactive award rather than $10,500 (.25 x $42,000).
More About Allsup’s SSDI Fees
At Allsup, you only pay a fee if you receive your SSDI award, and there are no additional costs associated with your SSDI claim. We do not charge for expenses such as travel or for collecting medical records as other representatives might.
If you have private long-term disability (LTD) coverage, you should know that many employers and LTD insurance carriers pay their claimants' SSDI representation fees. Please check with your employer or LTD insurance carrier for details.
Keep in mind that the faster you can get through the SSDI process, the sooner you get regular income. Customers who use Allsup usually get their award faster. That’s to your advantage.
*Prior to June 22, 2009, the SSA determined fee was not to exceed $5,300. Current SSDI representation fee information is provided above.