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Am I the only one who has seen the attorney fee withholding rise from $88.00 to $89.00 in December?
If the fee is so large, don't take part in the program.You talk endlessly about how claimant's are good, credible, honest people--OK, then. Save yourself that big user fee and just collect your representation fee directly from your clients. Surely if they are generally so good, your collection rate will be higher than 93.7 percent, right? lol
Most disabled former workers are good people. BUT, by the time they get through the hearing, they may have lost their homes and care and are financially desperate. Human nature being what it is, gratitude is short-lived. That is why attorneys practicing criminal law and family law get their fees upfront! Until fee withholding was applied to SSI, I had quit taking those cases because those "nice folks" at the local field office lobbied my clients to stiff their attorney, and anyone qualifying for SSI is judgment-proof under the laws of most states, so there is no remedy.
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