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Reviewing the Record Before the Agency (RBA) may be the most important thing you do in your CAVC appeal.

Every appeal to the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) begins by filing a Notice of Appeal with the CAVC. Shortly after receiving a Notice of Appeal, the CAVC assigns a docket number. The CAVC Docket Number is the reference number th… Read More
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Coffee w/Chris (11-14-2018): The problem of attorney suicide.

  In today’s episode, I’m going to give you a quick introduction to the case of Cook v. Wilkie, a November 2018 precedential decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. This case is big: it involves when and h… Read More
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Monday Morning Coffee w/ Chris: The ONE financial metric that lawyers should know cold.

    Coffee w/ Chris: (Monday, October 29, 2018) What Financial Metrics are important to evaluate your law firm’s progress? If you get behind the wheel of any car, there are certain metrics you will find on the dashboard. Are there similar me… Read More
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Monday Morning Coffee with Chris: Are You Taking Care of Your Law Firm's Most Important Asset?

  Taking care of your law firm’s most important asset. Law is a service business.  We help people resolve the disputes which impact their ability to live. That makes your law firm’s most important asset … you. If you are a sm… Read More
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Monday Morning Coffee with Chris: The one project will drive MASSIVE revenue to your Veterans law firm.

  How to drive MASSIVE revenue to your Veterans law firm. I was talking to attorney the other day, and I told her that I believe that drive and focus are the 2 biggest indicators of success for attorneys building a unique brand for their own ve… Read More
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What do Your Law Firm Brand and this Shoe have in Common?

My hope is that the metaphor of a running shoe changes the way you think about your Veterans law firm brand. I’m a runner – I run not just for fun, but also to raise money for my favorite non-profits. When a runner is ready to buy a pair… Read More
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Monday Morning Coffee with Chris: Sizing up the Competition in Veterans Benefits law.

Sizing up the Competition in Veterans Benefits Law. A new veterans benefits lawyer told me the other day: “I can’t compete with the big law firms in Veterans benefits law. Those big firms have contracts with VSOs and scoop up all the goo… Read More
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Monday Morning Coffee with Chris: 3 Top Revenue Generating Activities for accredited VA attorneys.

When you are a solo or small law firm representing disabled Veterans, you do a lot to keep your law firm running. 3 revenue generating activities, however, are the key to building a viable and sustainable VA Benefits law practice. Read More
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The law firm vision: picking a single golden apple from the orchard.

There are estimated to be over 21 million veterans. Of those, around 4.5 million are considered disabled – they have a medical condition or disability which resulted from their time in service. That is the market of people who may seek out your… Read More
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VA Form 21 Blog: The Business of Veterans Law

Before we get into a discussion about the business of veterans law, let me make some candid points about the business of law in general. Anybody can hang out a shingle and start a small law firm representing veterans.  There are so many resources av… Read More
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Recent Cases

This case involves the BVA’s dismissal of a veteran’s claim for an earlier effective date for his service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) based on clear and unmistakeable error. Our client appealed the Board’s decision to th… Read More
The cause number of this appeal, and the veteran’s name, have been withheld to protect the veteran’s privacy. In this case, the BVA denied an increased rating of 70% to a veteran for his service-connected PTSD. The BVA also found the vete… Read More
This case involves a veteran’s appeal to the BVA seeking service connection for arthritis.  The veteran served in the US Air Force from 2005 to 2006. He injured his knee and other parts of his body when required to move heavy appliances into a… Read More

See More Appellate Results

VA Form 21 Blog

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What is the Deep Issue in the Case? This case had two issues: one statutory and the other constitutional. Issue#1: 38 U.S.C. §5103A(a)(1) requires the Secretary “assist a claimant in obtaining evidence to substantiate the claim.” The… Read More
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