FAQs

We are experienced attorneys who help people with social security cases. The People’s Law Center will also work with legislators and government agencies to improve public benefits programs.

What kind of cases do we handle?

We handle Social Security disability cases (Supplemental Security Income – SSI, Social Security Disability Insurance – SSDI), and Medicaid/Medicare cases. We do NOT handle family law.

What is the advantage of using PLC?

The main advantage is to get legal help when you have been turned down by others. Private attorneys may not be willing to accept your case. In addition, there are not many attorneys in Montana that have the experience our staff has in this area of the law. A portion of any fees paid to PLC will be used to help provide free services to other low and moderate income clients.

Who is eligible for services?

People whose income is below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines for their size of household. If your income is higher please contact us for eligibility.

What do you charge for services?

We only charge Social Security disability clients who have won their case. That fee is set by the Social Security Administration at 25% of the back award or a maximum of $6000, whichever is less. There is no charge for other low income clients seeking assistance with other types of cases.

What if I don’t have any money to pay a lawyer to start my case?

You never have to pay a fee in advance. You never have to pay a fee at all unless you win your Social Security disability case. In cessation cases you will need to pay for medical records before we obtain them. It does not cost anything to talk to us.

How do I get help from PLC?

You may contact us by calling or writing to us. For non-Social Security cases, please contact Montana Legal Services.

Our clients can come from anywhere in Montana since we do most of our work by mail and telephone. However, clients must be willing to come to one of the central major cities to meet with us or attend hearings.

We are also available as speakers for groups or organizations that deal with clients trying to access Social Security disability.