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What Now?​

OK Jim, I get it. Hiring a veterans law attorney isn't difficult and won't

cost me any money up front or out of my pocket, I understand all that now.

But...how do I hire a lawyer who is right for me?

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What Are You Waiting For?

Get started right now.

The lawyer can't help you if you don't make contact right now.

All it will cost you is a little of your time.

Go for it!     Find your lawyer now.

Contact​

You have to make the first move.

Attorneys are there for you but they can't help if you don't reach out to them. Look around on the pages of the VAWatchdog and you'll see a select group of veterans law attorneys who are featured here. By clicking on those banners you'll be taken to that lawyers web site where you can learn more about the attorneys in that office and who they are. Many offices will ask you to complete a contact form. Those forms send priority messages to the attorney so they can get right back to you. Using the contact forms helps to prevent spam emails and such getting to the lawyer...your message goes to the top. Others publish toll free phone numbers or email address for you to use. No matter HOW you contact the attorney, it's important  that you proceed now and get the process started. Click the banners you see. Study the details about that attorney. Make contact. 

Repeat as you think is necessary until you find the attorney who is right for you.

Speaking with these attorneys is always free. Nobody will ask you for money.

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What will your attorney do for you?

A lot -  but you may not see most of it.

There isn't much hand holding in VA appeals. The lawyer won't call and update you regularly and you aren't encouraged to call in and check frequently. Once you and the lawyer agree that he or she will take your case, you have more papersto complete and sign. The lawyer will need a fee agreement, a POA (power of attorney) and other documents that will be filed with VA. Once the papers are filed and your appeal is in the process, you and the lawyer have nothing else to talk about until VA acts. There is nothing your lawyer can do to speed up the process. While retaining an attorney  means that your appeal is being done by a professional, it doesn't mean the lawyer can get it done any faster than the VA will allow. There is no reason for you and your chosen lawyer to maintain regular contact untill VA makes a move. Be patient, once the process begins, patience really is a virtue.

Jim Strickland is a nationally known advocate for veterans and a member of the  Stateside Legal Advisory Board.

This Isn't A Spectator Sport

You have to be intelligently engaged.

This means that you must be able to provide the lawyer with details of your claim that was

denied. You should have copies of all the correspondence you've had with VA. You should

know dates of claims and denials. You are responsible for getting your attorney the evidence and supporting documents to use when appealing your case.The bottom line is that if you can't convince

the lawyer that you have a well grounded case for appeal, how can that lawyer convince the VA?

Be involved from the beginning.

You are your own best advocate
The lawyer can't help you unless you help the lawyer.
Once you find a lawyer who you like and trust, you have to provide that person with the evidence needed to prevail with you claim or appeal. This means that you're the best person to gather medical records, get your personal military records together and to get organized. If you just hand it over to a lawyer and then hope for the best, you're cutting the chances of a win down a lot.

We'll take the time to repeat this: Your lawyer can't make VA move any faster than they are going to. Your lawyer wants your case resolved just like you do. No, your lawyer isn't stalling the case to build up retro pay and fees. That's a common rumor and it just doesn't make sense. Lawyers make money on volume and successful appeals. Holding back on decisions would just delay payments.

Your lawyer won't do any hand holding while you wait. You don't need to call or email every day, your lawyer will let you know if VA makes a move. Your lawyer is as anxious to get this settled as you are.
Calling, emailing, texting...none of that helps. At some point during the initial process you and your lawyer should settle on what seems reasonable for you to check in. Is it once a week? Once a month? Never, we'll call you? Knowing what to expect is reasonable...ask the lawyer.

Don't do anything else without the approval of your lawyer. Don't go to veterans service officers asking questions. Don't participate in on-line forums where other veterans will tell you that you don't need a lawyer. Don't second-guess your attorney. That's easy to do and always a mistake.

Your lawyer doesn't get paid unless you win. Your lawyer accepted you as a client because she thought
there was a good chance that you will prevail in the appeal. You may think that the lawyer isn't acting aggressively enough for you but that's rarely the case.  Hang tight, wait it out.

What will your attorney NOT do for you?

These are lawyers, not magicians.

The lawyer can't help you if you don't have a well grounded claim or appeal. The lawyer won't

fabricate evidence or stretch the truth. Veterans law attorneys are perhaps the most regulated professionals there are and they have any number of professionals licenses and certifications

required to practice their trade. Your lawyer won't Jeopardize all that by putting forth anything

that is less than accurate. The lawyer you've chosen can't help you with other problems that

you may encounter while you wait for your claim. Your veterans law attorney is accredited by

VA to represent you for that claim or appeal only. Other life problems you may run into won't be

addressed by your veterans law attorney while you wait for your appeal.

Jim; Not sure if you have seen this yet. I’ve attached an “invitation” one of our clients received inviting him to participate in the RAMP program. We had to read it about 5 times to understand everything, so I would highly recommend any veteran getting one of these to seek the advice of a rep or attorney. We can definitely see where making the wrong selection could be detrimental. We're happy to offer free evaluations to any veteran who gets a RAMP letter.   /s/ Julie Glover

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Attorney Fees

The most common type of fee is the percentage or contingency fee, which is the most favorable fee structure for most veterans in most veterans benefits cases.  This is because the attorney is only paid if (1) an award is made and (2) there is an amount owed to the veteran at the time of the award.  The attorney is then paid a percentage (usually between 20% and 33%) of the amount owed to the veteran when an award is approved.  This amount, also known as a “retroactive” award, is the amount of due to the veteran from the effective date of the award up to the date of the award.  If the award was made following an appeal to the Board and the effective date is the date the claim was originally filed (as it is in most cases), the retroactive amount could be 3 or 4 years of benefits.  If the case goes up to the Veterans Court and back, the retroactive period could be ten years or more. As an example, assume a veteran filed a claim on January 1, 2004, and enters into a 20% contingency fee agreement with an attorney.  On January 1, 2008, the veteran is awarded a 100% disability rating.  The retroactive amount is the 100% monthly payment for the period between January 1, 2004, and January 1, 2008 (four years), which is approximately $120,000 at current rates. 

The attorney’s fee would be 20% of the $120,000 or $24,000.

How To Hire A Veterans Law Attorney

When do you call a lawyer?

To hire or "retain" an attorney to guide you through a VA disability benefits appeal, you must first  have a denial of an application that you submitted. The lawyer usually can't help you before that  happens. About 70% of original claims are denied. It's very likely you'll have something denied so  you can start thinking about an attorney now. Hiring a lawyer isn't difficult.  The first thing you need to know is that you probably won't find a lawyer who is local to you. Veterans law attorneys work at the federal level so as long as they are certified by VA to represent veterans, you can choose a lawyer who lives anywhere else away from you. You may never meet your lawyer face to face. He or she will do all the work for you by mail, electronic mail and filings and on the phone. There isn't much hand holding to be done in VA cases, the evidence and the law will take care of itself with your lawyer guiding things. To find the lawyer who is right for you will require that you pick up the phone or send some emails. The attorneys who are featured on this web site are known  to be reliable and committed to winning for veterans. I urge you to talk to at least 2 or 3

prior to signing up with any attorney. Look for an attorney who is prompt in getting back to you to discuss your case. If you are shuffled from one "paralegal" to the next and you aren't able to speak with the lawyer, move on to someone else. The lawyer should seem interested in your case and spend enough time with you that you believe that he or she understands all theissues. If you are rushed or if the conversation is interrupted by other calls or people barginginto their office, you'll want to move on to the next person on your list. Next up...the expense of hiring a lawyer. I hear it a lot, "Jim. I don't have any money. I can't afford a lawyer!" You're about to be pleasantly surprised when I tell you that

even if you're dead broke, you can afford a great lawyer.​

Reasons to Consider Hiring An Attorney

First things first.  The only reason for a veteran to hire an attorney is because the veteran

believes that an attorney can help achieve a more favorable result than the veteran alone

would otherwise obtain. That’s it. There is no other good reason.

My personal reasons on why to hire a lawyer...

I get a lot of email telling me that hiring a lawyer is a waste of money when a VSO will

help a veteran for free. I hear all the talk about rich and greedy lawyers who feed off

the proceeds they earn from the poor disabled veteran who needs the money.

"Use a VSO", they tell me. Loudly, over and over again.

But I always think back to my career in health care. I was a medic in the Army, a 91D20

in an operating room.  I was a technician and I assisted board certified doctors in

complex surgeries and highly technical radiology procedures. I was damn good at my job.

I enjoyed my work and I worked hard for the patients who I cared for. I made

a good civilian career of that, my skills were in demand everywhere.

But I wasn't a doctor. I knew a lot and I even shared my skills teaching a number of

doctors what I'd learned through experience. But when push comes to shove and

you're sick and need help, you don't call a medic, you call a doctor.

Your VA benefits deserve an expert every bit as much as your health does. What

happens with your application or appeal is a major financial process and you want to

have someone who is a part time volunteer VSO manage your case? Seriously?

If that's OK with you, call me when you need your hernia fixed or you have chest pain.

I think I remember how and I don't charge much.

/s/ Jim

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