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Attorney Kenneth Carpenter


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I searched and found a little info on him here. I would like to hear from members who have actually used him . What there overall opinion was / outcome , good or bad.

Secretary told me 30 % was his rate , i thought i read somewhere it was 20 % an attorney could charge. Any feedback appreciated.

Sgt

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He is one of the best from what I hear. Where is your claim at in appeals process?

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If Jim Carpenter will take your claim its money in the bank. He wins almost every time. I thought that the VA limited attorneys to 20%

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I see the scale is that 20% is reasonable and anything over 33.3% is unreasonable.

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July my NOD was denied and i was kept at 50 % . My TDIU was also denied . I contacted Carpenters office afterwards and they set up a telephone interview last week. I had to send in my SOC'S and they will make a determination this week about accepting or not . I guess they meet once a week and go over new client apps. The lady that did the telephone interview , calledme back a couple days later and wanted another piece of evidence i had . She seemed to think it was a good case with merit ( VA not looking at evidence provided ), we will see.

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The secretary is the one who told me 30 % of retro is what the collect if they win. No money out of pocket up front.

I guess i figure 70 % of something is better than 0 % . Plus from what i hear he is good. If this speeds up the process , it will be better for my sanity. ( priceless )

Sgt

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Alex Humpfries used to say Carpenter was very good.

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If it is I went to see him 7 years ago and he would not take my case. It was just starting and I did not have the evidence that I have now. However, I had a friend whose son was a basket case and after 7 seven years he won a substantial award for him. I believe if I were to go back to him now he would probable take my case but I have gotten this far by myself and the help here I think I will win afterall. I heard the same thing about him from other veterans.

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Finally some good news, Kenneth Carpenter has accepted my case. Received the call from his office Friday and got all the paperwork Saturday. Thought it was a real strong case.

They said it seemed like they ( VA ) didn't read half of the evidence. I will keep everyone updated on his services.

Sgt

Sandra this is the Ken Carpenter from Ks.

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A general comment-- 30% may mean that the VA pays the 20% from the award, and the veteran pays the additional 10%. From somewhere, I remember that the veteran can also be billed for "reasonable expenses. This is likely the 10%.

The VA does collect up to $100 maximum for the "service" of paying the veterans money to someone else. Since there are some laws concerning legal representation, the government can be asked to pay for the whole thing.

(The exact legalities escape me, but it has to do with "equal justice" and a income level(high). When the choice is 70% or nothing, it's a no brain-er.

Finally some good news, Kenneth Carpenter has accepted my case. Received the call from his office Friday and got all the paperwork Saturday. Thought it was a real strong case.

They said it seemed like they ( VA ) didn't read half of the evidence. I will keep everyone updated on his services.

Sgt

Sandra this is the Ken Carpenter from Ks.

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Does Mr Carpenter handle claims for vets who don't live in Kansas?

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Can anyone post contact info?

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KENNETH M.CARPENTER, ESQ.

CARPENTER CHARTERED

1525 S.W. TOPEKA BOULEVARD

P. O. BOX 2099

TOPEKA, KANSAS 66601-2099

TELEPHONE: (785)357-5251

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Thanks, Pete!

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Yes Hedgey he takes claims from outside of Ks . Call his office and they will set up a telephone interview for about a week later.She will ask you some questions about your claim and where your at in the system. She will have you send in some paperwork. They meet once a week , to discuss which cases they will accept.She will call you back either way. So far i have been happy with there response times. Sgt

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hedgey,

Kenneth Carpenter called me and wanted to take my claim thats at the CAVC. I live in Washington state so the answer to your question is yes. He would likely represent a Vet from anywhere in the US.

I already had signed on with another very good attorney so I didn't go with Ken. But can say from what i've read of his court cases, he's one of the best in the country.

Allan

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I've been with Kenneth Carpenter for 10 years.

Alex recommended him.

70% beats the hell out of nothing.

I have one more issue and then I'll be done for a long time to come.

I talk to his people but have never seen any of them.

Everything is by mail except for his court appearances where he just takes my place in front of the judge.

I kinda like his style.

sledge

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