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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. 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.
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.
Who Wins More Appeals? VSO's or Lawyers?
It's a legitimate question. No matter where you go on the Internet, you'll hear veterans sing loud the praises of the VSO who
doesn't get paid and then you'll hear the tales of the greedy lawyers who delay your case so they can earn more money.
The fact is that many "vet reps" are poorly trained volunteers who may be able to help you complete a form and little else.
While it's true you won't pay a fee, sometimes you get what you pay for.
Veterans lawyers are the most regulated people you know of, they don't play fast and loose with
the rules because that just isn't worth it to them. They're financially incentivized to win your appeal.
So...who wins more appeals?
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Board Dispositions By Representation
By Attorney 44.61%
By Agent 38.79%
By State Service Officer 35.17%
By AL 34.53%
By DAV 33.70%
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an appeal at the BVA are markedly better if you are represented by an accredited veterans law attorney.
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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.
What will your attorney do for you?
A lot - but you won't see most of it. There isn't much hand holding in the VA appeals process.
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 papers to complete and sign. Now 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.
There is no reason for you and your lawyer to maintain regular contact until VA makes a move.
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The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices will be closed to the public starting March 19.
Regional offices will remain open, but will no longer accept walk-ins for claims assistance, scheduled appointments, counseling and other in-person services.