Both attorneys and advocates are paid the same rate, which is regulated by Social Security – roughly 25% of the retroactive payment received by the applicant, up to a maximum of $5,300. Social Security usually withholds the payment to lawyers while applicants pay non-legal attorneys directly.
Timing is everything
Lawyers and advocates, such as Deco: The Eligibility Experts, recommend patience to applicants when applying for SSDI. Ideally for social security disability eligibility, employees need to have been unable to work for at least five months. Applying soon after becoming disabled and getting approved means receiving little or no retroactive benefits paid (and a smaller fee for the advocate).