Process & Costs

 
If your application is denied by an Administrative Law Judge and the case is appealed to U.S. District Court, you will be required to pay a $400.00 filing fee plus the service of process costs via certified mail of approximately $25.00. If you are unable to afford the filing fee and have minimal income and assets, the Court has a form to have the filing fee waived called an Informa Pauperis Petition.

Attorneys' fees are governed by Federal Law and are paid only if you win benefits on appeal or if your case is remanded for a new hearing. Fees are paid from the Equal Access to Justice Act fund (EAJA) and the attorney may also file for up to 25% of your back benefits minus the EAJA fees, once benefits are awarded. We use a detailed written fee agreement which explains how the attorneys' fees are computed.


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