I thought the max a representative would be paid if your case was won was $6000. I just received my award letter and it states 25% was withheld from my backpay to pay attorney's fees. The amount that was withheld is close to $13000 and that is not counting the amount that is going to be withheld from my son's benefits. I applied for my son's benefits on Dec 27th so his benefits & backpay would come in Jan for tax purposes. Thanks in advance for your help.
I found my fee agreement papers and it states:
"IF YOU GET MONEY FROM THE SSA, YOU WILL PAY US WHATEVER IS BIGGER: $2,000 or TWENTY-FIVE (25%) PERCENT OF THE PAST-DUE BENEFITS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BECAUSE OF YOUR AWARD."
Is this even legal? The SSA reviews these things to ensure it meets their guidelines. Do I have any recourse?