How Much Does It Cost to Hire Lachman & Gorton?

Finances were tough enough even when you had regular paychecks. Now that serious health issues keep you from working, money is beyond tight.

Food and transportation are suddenly a struggle. Your medical bills make it worse.

But you worked hard and paid into the Social Security system. So when you can’t work, you’ve earned access to the financial safety net of disability benefits. The problem is that benefits are notoriously difficult to win—especially when you have to go at it alone.

When you’re low on money, you probably think there’s no way you could afford a disability attorney. But here’s good news: You can get an attorney without paying anything up front.

Don’t worry about costly hourly rates and retainers. Thanks to Social Security rules, you won’t pay out of pocket for your attorney’s services. You only pay a fee when you win benefits.

The disability attorneys at Lachman & Gorton have helped thousands of hardworking people in Binghamton, Elmira, Endicott, Oneonta, Rochester and across New York—without putting a strain on their finances.

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Rules That Help You Afford a Disability Attorney in New York

You can’t imagine adding another expense to your budget. Thankfully, the Social Security Administration has special regulations on attorney fees to help people like you secure the representation you need.

Disability attorneys work on a “contingency fee” basis, meaning they don’t get paid until you get paid. Here’s how it works:

  • No up-front fees: Never work with a disability lawyer who says you need to pay a retainer fee. The rules say you don’t pay up-front fees for a disability lawyer.
  • No fees until you win benefits: Attorneys only get paid when you win your case.
  • No deductions from your monthly disability checks: Your attorney will collect a fee when you win, but not from your pocket or your newly won disability checks. Social Security requires the attorney’s fee to come out of your back benefits. When you win benefits, you’ve probably been waiting months, or longer. Social Security will often set your official date of disability sometime in the past during your waiting period and pay you a lump sum covering the overdue period. Your attorney fee comes out of that payment.
  • Limits on attorney charges. The most your attorney can ever receive is 25% of your back benefits.

And remember, they can’t charge a penny until you win.

On top of that, the disability lawyers at the Lachman & Gorton Law Office won’t charge anything at all for an initial evaluation of your situation.

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Why It Makes Sense to Work with a Disability Attorney

Government data shows that people who have representation are much more likely to win Social Security Disability benefits. Especially if you’re one of the many who has received a denial letter, it’s crucial to have a representative to navigate the tricky appeals process.

Because there’s no fee until you win, working with a disability attorney is low risk for you. You’ve got nothing to lose and a whole lot of peace of mind to gain. Your lawyer can gather evidence, submit forms and manage the entire disability application or appeals process, taking the burden off you.

Lachman & Gorton is here to help you every step of the way, working to boost your chances of winning benefits and get you back to financial stability.

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National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
United States District Court of Northern and Western Districts
Broome County Bar Association