The SSA determines the fee that any organization, such as Allsup, or an attorney, 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 quickly at the application level and receive no retroactive award typically pay much less.
- Example: If someone is awarded a $1,000 monthly benefit and the award is retroactive 12 months ($12,000), the fee would be $3,000 (.25 x $12,000).
- Example: If someone's claim is caught in the SSA disability backlog and it takes 42 months to get their $1,000 monthly benefit, the 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 Fees
At Allsup, people with disabilities will not pay a fee if they don’t receive their SSDI award and there are no costs other than the representation fee. We do not charge for expenses such as travel or for collecting medical records as other representatives might.
Keep in mind that the faster people can get through the SSDI process, the sooner they get regular income. Customers who use Allsup usually get their award faster. That’s to their advantage.