No Fee Unless You Receive Benefits
The Law Office of David S. Hankus accepts Social Security Disability Benefit cases and Supplemental security income cases on a contingent fee basis. The Law Office of David S. Hankus charges a fee of twenty five percent of past due benefits, with the fee not to exceed $6,000.00.
Upon the Law Office of David S. Hankus accepting your case, you will be required to sign a fee agreement similar to the fee agreement appearing below. You will receive a signed copy of the fee agreement for your records.
I, Your name, appoint attorneys David S. Hankus and Rachel M. Pinch as my representatives to represent me before the Social Security Administration (SSA) in my claim(s) for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits and /or Supplemental Security Income Benefits. I give my representatives full authority to act on my behalf in all matters concerning my claim for benefits. In the event I request to have an administrative law judge (ALJ) hearing, I exercise my right to have an in person hearing.
We agree that if the Social Security Administration favorably decides the claim(s) at any administrative level through the first ALJ decision, I will pay my representatives a fee equal to the lesser of 25 percent of the past-due benefits resulting from my claim or the dollar amount established pursuant to 42 U.S.C. section 406(a), which is currently $6,000.00, but may be increased from time to time by the Commissioner of Social Security.
If the first ALJ decision after the date of this agreement is a denial and upon appeal I win my case later, my representatives will ask SSA to approve a fee no greater than 25 percent of all past-due benefits awarded in my case.
We understand that this fee agreement shall apply to any past-due benefits to which I and any auxiliary beneficiaries (i.e. children) become entitled. We further understand that the fee for all claims may not exceed the lesser of 25 percent or the dollar amount established pursuant to 42 U.S.C. section 406(a), if the limit applies.
We agree that this fee agreement related to any and all services performed by my representatives on my behalf before the SSA alone. This includes any appeal filed on my behalf by my representatives after any adverse decision by an ALJ at the hearing level. I agree with my representatives that any representation on my behalf before a federal district court will not be performed pursuant to this agreement and will require that a new agreement be negotiated.
We agree that in the event of a favorable or partially favorable decision, I will reimburse my representatives for all out-of-pocket expenses incurred by my representatives in processing my claim which shall include, but not be limited to, the cost of obtaining my medical records.
We have both received copies of this agreement.
____________________________ Dated: ____________________ Your Name
____________________________ Dated: ____________________ David S. Hankus
____________________________ Dated: ____________________ Rachel M. Pinch