Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Costs to Hire a VA Disability Benefits Lawyer

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We all know that one of the most tiring processes in the government involve applying for disability benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As a way to decrease the stress that this tedious task brings, veteran military officers hire an attorney to help with the ins and outs of the labyrinth-like process. Though a disability benefits attorney may not necessarily hasten a claim, the important thing here is that a veteran is well-represented as VA laws can be complicated.

How much does it cost to hire a veterans disability attorney? If your application was denied and you need to file an appeal, a lawyer that handles such cases is allowed by law to charge between 20 to 33 percent out of the lump sum payment but not more than that. Remember though that you only hand out said fee to the attorney if the appeal was successful and benefits have been awarded to you.

If the case is about a discharge upgrade, an attorney has free rein to dictate his or her own fee and can demand to be paid upfront. For this, it is best that you contact several lawyers first and check and compare how much they charge. Once you find out about their respective fees, you are ready to make a smart choice. 


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