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As an attachment to the favorable decision, the judge has approved the fee agreement. However, as you mentioned, you can write to the judge to dispute the fee being paid. However, to be successful, you must show what YOU did that your attorney did not. Specifically, if you obtained the medical records, tell the judge. Also, tell the judge what the attorney did NOT do such as be available for your calls, meet with you to prepare for the hearing, etc. Also note it is common for the judge to conduct the hearing and for the attorney to play a very small role during the hearing. So if this is the case, do not make a big deal about that. Finally, the matter as you know is taking on a contingency. And the attorney gets paid if you win. So unless you can make a very strong argument that he hurt your case but for your persistence, he will be paid something if not the entire fee. thanks for understanding.
I thank you for mentioning the "little" issue of what he did at the physical hearing...actually it was just show up. I have DOCUMENTS showing his non communication with the SS Office since filing the agreement in January 12, 2012, and proof (from the 2 SS Information Discs I requested) of how and where the information since signing that contract during my initial consultation. I appreciate your honesty about my chances but I have to try or I will hold a resentment for some time towards him as well as myself for not speaking up. I'm sure it is a "form letter" but in the Judges Response the request fee review section was underlined and instructed to send to Judge, as it was or is her decision. Thought it was a sign. :) Wish I could let you know my results...but thanks regardless. Wish me luck!!
I wish you well. Note, my gut is that the judge will reduce the fee so it will still be a victory for you.
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