In almost all cases, the attorney receives 25 percent of the past due benefits up to a maximum fee of $6,000 if the claimant wins and no fee if the claimant loses. There is no money up front. A written contract is entered into at the beginning of representation.The cost of obtaining medical records and reports are additional. These costs are payable at the end of the case. Attorney fees are usually withheld by SSA and paid directly to the attorney at the time of a favorable conclusion. A copy of the written fee agreement will be provided at the time of representation.