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I just want to put this info out there..a great attorney if you need one..Woods and Woods The Veterans Lawyers  (866)232-5777 . They only charge  20%. They are based out of Indiana, but cover all 50 states as a VA lawyer does not need to be in the state that you live in. I recommended them, well, because after 21 years of fighting, I am finally 100% unemployable. (was 80). If you have been fighting like I have...and well, the years are flying by to no avail...CALL THEM!!!!!!

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Woods and Woods has a good reputation as do Attig-Steele, CCK law, Bergman and Moore, Hill and Ponton, and others.  But the best of the Best is probably Carpenter Chartered.  

Ken Carpenter seems to be willing to go "where other attorney's wont".  

In other words if you have a slam dunk, no new law needed, then you may not need Carpenter Chartered.  However, if you dont like the way the VA interprets regulations, then Carpenter may be your man.  


    Appeals are to be processed "expiditiously".  VARO defines expiditiously as meaning "when we get around to it, if we do, otherwise we just ignore it".  

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Good topic. I recently picked up Harry Binder with The Rep for Vets out of Florida. So far, it has been a good experience. Was a small SNAFU with my social # on my intake papers but the person handling that paperwork on their side immediately overnighted the new, corrected intake packet back to me.

While they don't seem to have the greatest communications (the Rep will communicate via your POC within the firm, sometimes the "next steps" get lost in translation between Rep and the POC telling me what he said. So, I sometimes just have to observe the progress on VA.gov and extrapolate what my Rep is doing. Other than that, it has been fairly fast.

I am waiting on an HLR that Rep for Vets decided to do, an example of something they kinda failed to tell me would happen before they send in the nexus and other evidence they asked me to obtain for them (assume to confirm any contentions by the VA or to eliminate possibility of VA error). I'll update once there is an outcome, but I am optimistic.

Rep for Vets will also take 20% of retro pay IF they win the case for you, so sounds similar to Woods and Woods and others.

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If you are going to BVA or Court of Vet Appeals you need a legal eagle.  When you are first getting your claim together I think that the vet can do a better job on his/her own. You can shape your claim beyond just legal facts and figures.  The main thing IMO is to have doctors that know what a vet needs to win a claim.  The doc must put 2 and 2 together and come up with rational opinion that ties your current disability to your service. I had a pretty good lawyer when I was doing my CUE, but we lost because regs allows the VA to pull rabbits out of their hat that would astound most regular lawyers.  The VA runs a kangaroo court.

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Dont forget EAJA!  "If" you have a board denial you are appealing to the CAVC, then many/most attorney's who think you "have an issue of merit", will do the work for EAJA fees alone.  This means you wont have to pay the attorney fees, they will be paid by EAJA if you win.  If you lose, you dont have to pay them either.  

Caution:  You must appeal an adverse BOARD decision quickly.  You can not wait a year like a VARO decision.  I think you must appeal a bva decision within 120 days, but dont wait that long!  Start looking for an attorney immediatly when you get a BVA denial.  

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