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Petition to Obtain Approval of a Fee For Representing a Claimant Before the Social Security Administration - Form SSA-1560


An attorney or other representative who wants to charge or collect a fee for services rendered in connection with a claim before the Security Administration (SSA) is required by law to first obtain SSA's approval of the fee.

The only exceptions are if the fee is for services rendered (1) when a nonprofit organization or government agency pays the fee and any expenses out of funds which a government entity provided or administered and the claimant incurs no liability, directly or indirectly, for the cost of such services and expenses; (2) in an official capacity such as that of legal guardian, committee, or similar court-appointed office and the court has approved the fee in question; or (3) in representing the claimant before a court of law. A representative who has rendered services in a claim before both SSA and a court of law may seek a fee from either or both, but generally neither tribunal has the authority to set a fee for services rendered before the other.

To charge and collect a fee for services, the representative must use one of two, mutually exclusive, fee approval processes: the fee agreement process or the fee petition process. (For further information about these processes, see Information About Representing Claimants.)

If the representative elects to use the fee petition process, the representative must file a fee petition with SSA. The representative can use Form SSA-1560 (Petition to Obtain Approval of a Fee For Representing a Claimant Before the Social Security Administration) for this purpose.


How to Obtain the Form

Below you will find Form in Portable Document Format (PDF). To print the PDF version, you will need the Adobe Acrobat reader software. If you do not already have this special software, see our page on downloading and printing PDF documents. After you download the Adobe Acrobat Reader, come back to this page and download the PDF version of the SSA-1560:

PDF IconPetition to Obtain Approval of a Fee For Representing a Claimant Before the Social Security Administration, Form SSA-1560
Print the PDF SSA-1696 on 8 1/2 x 11 inch white paper.


How to Use the Form

If you use the fee petition process, you should request fee approval only after you complete all services for the claimant and any auxiliaries. You have the option to petition either before or after SSA effectuates the determination(s).

Instructions for completing the Form SSA-1560, are included with the PDF version of the form.


Where to Send the Form

You must give the claimant a copy of the fee petition and each attachment. Retain a copy for your records. Although you may file a fee petition at any SSA office, you generally file the petition with the office shown below:

  • If a court or the Appeals Council issued the decision, send the petition to:

    Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, SSA
    ATTN: Attorney Fee Branch, Suite 805
    5107 Leesburg Pike
    Falls Church, VA 22041-3255

  • If an Administrative Law Judge issued the decision, send the petition to him or her using the hearing office address.
  • In most other cases, send the petition to the processing center address that appears at the top right of the claimant’s title II notice, or in a title XVI only case, to the servicing field office.

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Last reviewed or modified Monday Jan 14, 2008
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