Legal Fees and Services
Our Fees and Legal Process
The cost of this service is contingent upon the outcome of the appeal. The award must result in a cash benefit to you and be over and above what you may already be receiving. Our fees are solely a 20% withholding from the retroactive cash award to you. For example, if you are getting $300 per month now and we are able to get that increased to $800 per month for the past 10 months (difference of $500 for 10 months), the retro award is $5000. Our fee would be $1000 and you would receive $4000 plus an ongoing new compensation rate of $800 per month. If we are able to win subsequent appeals, we can earn an additional fee award for each cash retro-award we win for you. In other words, you don’t pay any of our fees if we put money in your pocket! NO results! NO cost!
If the appeals team decides to grant any aspect of your appeal, they will issue a new decision to award the benefit. The decision will inform you on what was granted and how much compensation you are due as a result of the decision. It will indicate whether the grant of that issue is considered a full grant of the benefit sought on appeal or it is considered only a partial grant of the benefit sought on appeal. A partial grant of the benefit would mean that the new partially allowed issue will be listed in a statement of the case or subsequent supplemental statement of the case to continue through the appeals process. You will be paid the newly awarded compensation whether you continue your appeal or not.
If it is considered a full grant and you disagree with the decision, you will be required to initiate a new appeal by submitting a notice of disagreement. For example, if the appeal was whether service connection is warranted for a right knee disability. A fully favorable appeal decision would grant service connection for the right knee disability and award an evaluation of 10% with an effective date of January 10, 2012. It is fully favorable, because the issue was whether service connection is warranted. If you disagree with the effective date or the evaluation, you must submit a new notice of disagreement.
An appeal decision may be awarded at any stage of the appeal process prior to the case being certified to the Board of Veterans Appeals. It is quite possible that you can receive multiple appeal decisions awarding various aspects of your appeal through the course of an appeal.
Each time we can put money in your pocket by getting the VA to render an appeal decision, we earn 20% of the retro as our fee for our assistance in your appeal. The new level of compensation from that point forward is yours. As such, we will pay close attention to the effective dates and evaluations assigned for you, because the more we can win for you, the more we can earn for our effort. We consider our fees to be very reasonable especially since they’re retroactive.