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FIRE MY LAWYER?


blahsaysme2u

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so i am done with all the heavy lifting part of my claims. my lawyer is paid- i am paid...just a few lingering things to tie up with hopefully HLR or maybe one last visit to VBA

anyways question is, my lawyer seems to think i want him to keep representing me on these claims..how do i go about firing him politley...i am so grateful for his work on my EED case. it was a tough one and he really did make a HUGE difference. i have been trying to get this claim fixed since 2008 and he was able to do in less than 2 years...

but just dont need him getting any more of my back pay(even if there is any) for things that i can handle myself now...

thoughts? ideas? examples of your personal experience? letters you might have written to fire your lawyer?

thanks homies

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  • HadIt.com Elder

You can file a 21-22 with VA and revoke, which gets the attention of VRCs and in VBMS the form is flagged to be reviewed. You can also do it on a cocktail napkin, 21-4138, etc, but the 21-22 is the official POA form and is easier to search for if looking for POA history, or prior revocations, etc. .  

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i knew i could withdraw- was just trying to do it as polite and do it without blindsiding him...he really has been a great lawyer..

thanks for the advice and info for oither vets that might not know the correct way to withdraw POA.

 

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  • HadIt.com Elder

No worries. You can contact him directly, too, but honestly they are likely used to to it. If you have good relationship with them you can write them a nice letter and then they can notify us that the relationship is terminated, also. 

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Tell him, "Thank you for your offer and the great job you have done so far".  

HOWEVER, you have the attorney fees of the future "earmarked" for a specific project. (Sons college, wifes teeth, new car, etc).  So, this means you will be representing yourself in the future.  (Or use your VSO). 

(You can do that at BVA/ VARO, but get an attorney at CAVC.  At cavc eaja pays the fees.). 

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