Do I Need An Attorney To Help Me With My Claim?
Many attorneys do not represent clients in the initial application stage because by law no attorney fees may be charged for the initial application. You are not required to hire an attorney to apply for or to appeal decisions on veterans disability compensation. However, dealing with VA can often be a slow process, and veterans often feel confused or frustrated. Working with a veterans compensation and disability lawyer helps ensure that the appeal is done on time and that all of your paperwork is in order. Manring & Farrell will be glad to talk to you before your claim is decided. After you have received a rating decision or your claim has been denied, we would be glad to meet with you, review your VA records and represent you on your appeal.
When Can You Represent Me?
Manring & Farrell can represent you as soon as you get your initial decision from the VA. If you already filed the initial appeal, called the Notice of Disagreement, we can represent you if the Notice of Disagreement was filed on or after June 20, 2007.
What Are Normal Attorney Fees?
Attorneys are paid on a contingent-fee basis, which means they are paid only if there is a successful outcome. Fees can range from 20 percent to 33 percent of any past-due benefits the VA owes you and your dependents depending on what the attorney or law firm agrees to with the client. There is never any fee charged from ongoing or future monthly disability checks.
Do I Have To Pay Taxes On Veterans Disability Compensation?
No. Service-related disability compensation awarded to a veteran is tax-free.