How To Select A VA Attorney for Your Claim
By USVCP Staff Members
June 25, 2018
Veteran's law is different from any other type of state or federal administrative law. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) only allows those lawyers who have successfully applied for accreditation to represent veterans.
Not sure how to find an accredited VA attorney? Not sure what to consider in making your selection?
Here is a checklist that you should use in interviewing a lawyer for your veteran's claim:
1. How long has the attorney been practicing veteran's law?
The Court of Appeals for Veteran's Claims (CAVC) was founded in 1988. Private attorneys were granted a much broader right to practice in the Agency - before the Regional Office and the Board of Veterans' Appeals - in 2007. You should look for a law firm that has lawyers who practice both in the Agency and before the Court.
2. Is the attorney admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for Veteran's Claims.
The CAVC is the court that considers appeals from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Work before this court is a major part of the work of a veteran's attorney. Your attorney should have this qualification.
3. Is the attorney accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs?
In 2007, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began accrediting attorney work before the Regional Offices and the Board of Veterans Appeals. An attorney cannot represent you in the Department of Veterans Affairs without this qualification.