In most cases, most lawyers charge a contingent fee which is the lesser of $6000 or 25% percent of your back benefits. A contingent fee means that if your claim is denied, or no past due benefits are owed, no attorney’s fees are owed. Many attorneys also charge for costs, as do I, for copying and paying for medical records, but these, too, are only payable if you receive a favorable decision. Every attorney fee must be approved by the Social Security Administration. It is a criminal offense for an attorney to charge a fee that is not approved by Social Security or by a United States District Court.