WHY HIRE AN ATTORNEY?
You might not need an attorney. You may be one of the lucky few whose initial claim is granted by the VA right away. However, many veterans see their cases drag on for years. Hiring an attorney is essential to end this cycle.
Securing legal representation early in the claim process will help ensure your claim is fully developed and force the VA to satisfy its legal duty to assist and comply with its own laws, regulations, and procedures. You need a legal representative who knows the law and knows how to advocate effectively on your behalf.
WHEN CAN I HIRE AN ATTORNEY?
We can represent you if you have an initial decision from the VA regional office and you filed your timely Notice of Disagreement after June 20, 2007.
We can also represent you if you have a recent Board decision or have filed your appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, no matter when you filed your timely Notice of Disagreement.
HOW MUCH DOES REPRESENTATION COST?
In matters before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, there is NO COST to you. If your case is reversed or remanded from the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the government pays attorneys’ fees and expenses under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA).
If you are appealing a decision at the VA regional office or to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, the attorney collects no fees unless you are awarded compensation. There is a twenty percent contingency fee, which means the fee comes out of any back pay or award received and does not extend into the future or attach to monthly benefit payments.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
If you have a decision from a VA regional office or you are appealing your decision to the Board or Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, we will gladly take a look at your claim and discuss your case with you. Our initial consultation is free. Contact us by phone, email, or through this website. A copy of your most recent decision will be helpful for the initial review of your case.