The VA Disability Advocates Process
we kindly request that you review and sign the attached VA power of attorney form, VA-21-22a. This document allows us to access your VA files, enabling us to better understand your case and prepare a robust application. Moreover, please review and sign the 'intent to file' form, VA-0966. This form is key in setting the effective date for your potential claims, ensuring that you don't lose any benefits due to processing times. Please note that this process may take 2-3 weeks.
After a comprehensive review of your records, if we believe we can successfully represent your case, we will send you our fee agreement and standard of conduct for your signature. Upon receipt of these signed documents, we will schedule a records review appointment, during which we will file or appeal your claims together.
If, for some reason, we cannot accept your case, we will inform you in writing. We only accept cases with a clear nexus to your military service and can be medically supported without speculation. Hypothetical scenarios or cases with no medical plausibility aren't within our scope. We also look carefully at cases where clients have frequently changed representatives, as this might indicate the claim isn't supported by VA regulations or unknown significant issues that were unresolvable by previous agents/attorneys. However, these will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Please note that the processing time for your claim depends on various factors, including the type of claim, the number and complexity of your claimed injuries or disabilities, and the time needed to gather the necessary evidence. Based on the 2022 average, new claims took 7-9 months from submission to decision, and appeals took 6-18 months. Rest assured; we will work diligently to process your case as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We understand that securing VA benefits can be a lengthy and potentially frustrating process. We request your patience and ask you to understand that any frustrations from past experiences should not be directed at our staff. We are here to assist you, not obstruct you. Our team is committed to turning a new page and working diligently on your behalf.
Please be aware that ﬁlling out the forms does not automatically imply that we have accepted your case; this is a Free Evaluation. These forms enable us to review your ﬁles and gather essential information to evaluate your case and make appropriate recommendations. Our careful assessment will help us determine if we can effectively assist you. Once we have reviewed your case and determined that we can proceed, we will provide you with a contract. This contract outlines the terms and conditions of our working relationship and must be signed by both parties to formalize our acceptance of your case.
It is crucial to note that we are a Fee-for-Service ﬁrm however, in accordance with See 38 U.S.C. § 5904(c)(1); 38 C.F.R. §§ 14.631, 14.636(b), (c), (g). No fees are accessed until the VA has rendered an initial decision. We do not offer free services or operate as part of any VA ﬁling services or free ﬁling services such as a VSO or DAV. If you seek free services, we recommend contactingng the VA directly at 1-800-827-1000 for assistance in finding an appropriate service provider. Upon acceptance of your case and signing the contract, you acknowledge and accept the terms and conditions outlined within it.
All agreements are legally binding and designed to protect both parties interests.
The VA Disability Advocates Main Office is Located in Las Vegas, NV. We Represent Veterans throughout the United States. 702-209-5722