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How Much Do VA Disability Attorneys Charge?

Published on December 27th, 2017

It is a known fact that attorneys for VA disability claims can better the chances of winning an appeal if the initial application for benefits was denied.

VA disability attorneys are regulated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, only those attorneys that have gained accreditation can help veterans with their claims and appeals. In the past, a veteran that was refused benefits could employ an attorney only after the BVA (Board of Veterans Appeals) had made their decision, this is no longer the case. Veterans now have the right to hire attorneys for VA disability claims at any time after the Notice of Disagreement has been filed.

Fee agreements:

Once you engage the professional services of an attorney, you will enter into a fee agreement. The agreement must be filed with OGC, Office of the General Counsel, and must be done within 30 days of its completion. The VA has the right to review all attorney/veteran fee agreements as well as the subsequent fees and expenses charged in connection with the claim.

If the VA feels the fee is unreasonable, they have the right to order that it is reduced. The VA is quite content with a legal fee of about 20 percent of the past-due amount the veteran is ultimately awarded.

Finding attorneys for VA disability claims:

As mentioned, attorneys who represent veterans during their appeal of a denial of benefits have to be accredited by the VA. The only time a non-accredited attorney can help is advising you on what benefits you may claim. Once you make your application and it is denied, then the attorney you engage must be accredited by the VA.

The attorneys at Jackson & MacNichol won’t charge you legal fees unless you win your case. Contact us today for a free consultation! We will help you get the benefits you deserve.

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