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NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED. CHICAGO STRONG. LONG TERM DISABILITY FIRM

Bartolic Law handles Long Term Disability cases at all stages, from filing a claim to lawsuits under ERISA § 502(a). We are who the most discerning clients hire when an insurer denies their claim, and the one they wish they had when another firm loses their appeal and abandons the case. We are Innovative, Authentic, Compassionate, Transparent and Chicago strong. Bartolic Law is nationally renowned for our Innovative work:

OUR FEES

We believe you should always know what you will pay. All of our fee arrangements are Transparent and leave you with no surprises, regardless of how we structure the fees.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CONTINGENCY FEES

Bartolic Law’s contingency fees are always structured to align our goals with yours: getting you paid in full as early as possible. Most firms structure their fees to grow the longer it takes them to complete the work, or set a pre-litigation success fee that is so low, it insufficiently motivates them to put in the extra effort to get your claim paid before litigation. That is not in line with our Core Values.

DISABILITY FEE STRUCTURES

We custom tailor our fee structures based on your needs and the complexity of the case, and can provide a contingency fee structure, a fixed fee structure, or work on an hourly basis.

  • Consultations

    After providing us a few basic facts about your matter, you will receive a free case evaluation and may qualify for a complimentary meeting with a Long-Term Disability Attorney.

  • Contingency Fee Claims and Appeals

    We earn no fees unless we recover for you. You will know the precise fee earned for success because our contingency fees are based on a total number of months of benefits, and do not increase just because the past-due amount increases. You’ll never worry we drag your case out to increase the fee earned. We design a plan to complete your appeal in 90 days or less, while providing you the best chance of success.

  • Fixed Fees

    We can create a fixed fee structure for claims and appeals based on your needs and the complexity of the case. Our fixed fees do not include litigation, however, as the time investments in litigation can be highly unpredictable.

  • Hourly Fees

    You pay us for the time we spend at our normal hourly rates, and you have greater control over what time we spend. Some clients prefer to have a greater role in preparation of the claim or appeal, and want us to consult on the most strategic elements of the claim.

HEALTH INSURANCE FEE STRUCTURES
  • Consultations

    After providing us a few basic facts about your matter, you will receive a free case evaluation. Due to our expertise, high demand for consultations, and the amounts in dispute often not lending themselves to a contingency fee structure, we are unable to provide complimentary consultations with an attorney at this time. If, after submitting background information and documentation, you wish to schedule a meeting with a Health Insurance Attorney, however, we charge $250 for the meeting. If you elect to hire us, we will credit you this consultation fee on our fee to handle the case.

  • Fixed Fee Appeals

    For appealing denials based on a policy exclusion or limitation, we charge $3,500 for an appeal. For appeals based on medical necessity, we charge $6,000. Because successful disputes with health plans generally result in payment directly to a medical service provider, we cannot perform claims or appeals on a contingency fee basis. If the appeal is unsuccessful, there may be an opportunity to litigate the matter on contingency, as ERISA can allow attorney fee shifting, where the other side ends up paying your lawyer for time spent in litigation.

  • Litigation

    ERISA may allow a court to make the plan or insurer pay for the time your lawyer spends litigating the matter, if you are successful. Not all victories result in attorney-fee shifting, however, so we must evaluate the case to determine if we can perform litigation on contingency of fee shifting.

RETIREMENT AND PENSION FEE STRUCTURES

Michael is the leading lawyer helping individuals in retirement benefit disputes. Due to the complexity of regulation and operation of Retirement Plans, and the dearth of other lawyers with Michael’s knowledge in these matters, Michael performs most of the work on retirement and pension matters himself.

Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (SERPs)

  • Contingency Fee

We can often handle SERP disputes on a contingency fee basis. We earn no fees unless we recover for you. These claims are higher risk than other types of retirement claims because ERISA does not afford most of the statute’s protections to SERPs, except requiring the same civil enforcement mechanism. We will custom tailor a contingency fee structure based on your needs and the complexity of the case.

    • Fixed Fees

      Due to the complexity and often significant stakes of SERP claims, we unfortunately cannot offer fixed fee structures at this time.

    • Hourly Fees

      You pay us for the time we spend based on our normal hourly rates, and you have greater control over what time we spend.

Other Retirement and Pension Claims and Appeals

  • Contingency Fee

    Due to the unique regulations that apply to pension plans, we most often cannot perform work on pension claims or appeals on contingency. We may be able to handle litigation on a contingency fee basis, though, because the ERISA statute can, in some circumstances, enable us to obtain fees from the party we sue. But fee shifting is not guaranteed, so we are selective about the cases upon which we work.

  • Fixed Fees

    We set a fixed fee amount to handle the claim or appeal. We charge $7,500 for pension claims and appeals. If the pre-litigation process is unsuccessful, we may be able to proceed to litigation on a contingency fee basis, depending on the likelihood we can recover fees from the party we sue.

  • Hourly Fees

    You pay us for the time we spend based on our normal hourly rates, and you have greater control over what time we spend. You can see a table of our normal hourly rates here.

LIFE INSURANCE DISPUTES
  • Contingency Fee

    We earn no fees unless we recover for you. We custom tailor the contingency fee based on your needs, the complexity of the case, and the amount in dispute. There is usually a limited amount of time in which to challenge a life insurance denial. We put in the extra time to deliver the highest caliber of representation our clients have come to love and expect.

  • Fixed Fee Appeals of Coverage for the Insured

    Some life insurance matters, such as revocation of coverage without a claim for the benefit, and waiver of premium due to disability, lend themselves best to work on a fixed fee basis because there is not yet a claim for payment of the life insurance benefit. We charge $5,000 to appeal a revocation or loss of coverage.

  • Hourly Fees

    You pay us for the time we spend based on our normal hourly rates, and you have greater control over what time we spend.

LONG TERM CARE DISPUTES
  • Contingency Fees

    We earn no fees unless we recover for you. We custom tailor the contingency fee based on your needs, the complexity of the case, and the amount in dispute. There is usually a limited amount of time in which to challenge the denial, as our client needs the insurance proceeds to cover necessary long term care expenses. We must put in the extra time to deliver the highest caliber of representation our clients have come to love and expect.

  • Fixed Fee Appeals of Coverage for the Insured

    If the insurer contends coverage lapsed or a claim is otherwise excluded, not on the basis of meeting the requirements to trigger payment, we can perform an appeal on a fixed fee. We must custom tailor the fixed fee based on the unique nature of the policy exclusions, your needs, and the urgency of the matter. Any fixed fee does not, however, include litigation. If the fixed fee pre-litigation is unsuccessful, we may be able to pursue the matter in litigation on a contingency fee basis.

  • Hourly Fees

    You pay us for the time we spend based on our normal hourly rates, and you have greater control over what time we spend.

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