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What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Indiana

I am in the middle of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which could be finished sometime between this comming summer and a couple more years.

I have a chronic illness and need to apply for Social Security Disability. I want to use a disability advocate/attorney to represent my case. If I win my case, the advocate/attorney is entitled to a certain percentage of my retroactive disability payments.

Is the back pay (retroactive payment) safe from the bankrkuptcy Trustee? I have heard conflicting stories saying it is safe as long as you keep the payment and don't give it to anyone, such as repaying a family member for helping you while you are sick. Paying a Disability Advocate/Attorney with a portion of the backpay is the ONLY LEGAL way that SSDI allows SS attorneys to be paid. So, how would this situation be handled?


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