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Q: What things are important to know about a veterans lawyer before hiring one to help with your VA claim?
A: There are a few things to ask a veterans lawyer before you hire him or her. First, ask if he or she is accredited to practice within the Regional Offices and Board of Veterans Appeals. A veterans lawyer cannot represent you without accreditation. The second thing to ask is how long he or she has been working with veterans claims. The VA began accrediting lawyers in 2007. You want to hire a veterans lawyer that is accredited and has a solid base of experience with both the Regional Office and Board of Appeals. Keep in mind that, by law, you cannot enter a fee based contract with a veterans lawyer until after the Regional Office has provided a rating decision on your claim. If you plan on applying for veterans benefits and need assistance with this initial application phase, the Veterans Administration will provide help for you.

Q: What are retroactive awards?

A: Retroactive awards are simply benefits from the past to which a veteran is entitled. The claims process can take a while and many veterans are due back pay for benefits. An effective date for when the injury or condition began will be established. Often retroactive benefits are due because of that effective date. When you receive your rating decision, examine all aspects of that decision including the effective date. If you believe any aspect of that rating decision is incorrect, appeal. Do not accept anything less that what you believe you are entitled to. A veterans lawyer can help you with the appropriate next steps, if you are unsure of what to do.

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