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VA Form 21 Blog

The VA Form 21 Blog is unlike any resource out there — because it is designed and written specifically for attorneys, advocates, VSOs, and agents, it is a valuable tool you can use to shape, build and grow a law practice representing veterans and their surviving spouses. My goal is your goal: to give you the tools to become a powerful advocate for veterans. Learn more about the VA Form 21 Blog

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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VA Form 21 Blog: VA Advocacy Skills

You have certainly heard the story of Noah and the ark? He saved the world and all the animals from a devastating flood.Let me tell you why Noah was able to do what he did. Noah had a vision or, perhaps, an insider tip that flood was on the way. He k… Read More
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VA Form 21 Blog: Legal Updates

When I represent a veteran before the VA Regional Office or BVA, I build my client’s case based on the current law as I understand it. My Notice of Disagreement is shaped by the legal errors that the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC)… Read More
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Coffee w/Chris: Is there enough air in your law firm's tires? (11-19-2018)

Today’s video starts off with an overview of a recent precedential decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in the case of Moody v. Wilkie, Cause No. 16-1707. Click here to read the CAVC’s panel decision in Moody v. Wi… Read More
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FCOA Precedent Alert: Cook v. Wilkie (Can a veteran have more than one BVA hearing?)

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? 38 U.S.C. §7107(b) (2012) requires “[t]he Board shall decide any appeal only after affording the appellant an opportunity for a hearing.”  On remand from the Veterans Court, the veteran asked for a new BVA he… 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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Coffee w/ Chris: The Supreme Court takes on Agent Orange (11-5-2018).

  Coffee w/ Chris: (Monday, November 5, 2018) The Supreme Court takes on Agent Orange. It is not often that the Supreme Court takes up a veterans disability claim. This past Friday, SCOTUS granted cert in a case called Gray v. Wilkie. The qu… Read More
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Episode 011: Procopio, Procopio, Wherefore Art The Pro Veterans Canon?

  December 7, 1941: A day that will live in infamy – that day, Pearl Harbor was attacked, and American entry into World War II became a guarantee.  December 7, 2018: Another day that may live in infamy, although many Veterans are complet… 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: Do THIS when you get back from a Legal Conference.

    What to do when you get back from a Legal Conference? I just returned home from a multi-day legal conference: this time the Fall Conference for the National Organization for Veterans Advocates (NOVA) in Washington, D.C. Here’s what IR… Read More
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CAVC Docket Update: Appeals Submitted for CAVC Panel Decision and Oral Argument (June 2018)

In June 2018, it appears that the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) has set 1 case for Panel Decisions and 4 cases for Oral Argument and Panel Decision.  I do my best to seek out and find all cases submitted to a CAVC Panel or set for Oral… Read More
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Episode 010: "No, I won't give you my Debit Card PIN Number" (FCOA Precedent: Acree, #17-1749, Legal standard to withdraw an appeal orally at BVA)

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? VA regulations provide that a veteran’s “appeal may be withdrawn as to any or all issues involved in the appeal.” 38 C.F.R. § 20.204(a). a statement made by a veteran at a board hearing qualifies as an effe… Read More
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Episode 009: "To the Best of my Knowledge" - The case against attorney use of VA Form 21-4138.

In a recent court appeal, the VA was relying on the unsigned and unsworn statement of a random government bureaucrat. This bureaucrat was “testifying” to the lack of existence of any evidence that my client was exposed to the herbicide ag… Read More
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About the "VA Form 21” Blog

Written by attorneys, for attorneys, VSOs and agents, the VA Form 21 Blog will keep you current on changes in veterans law, teach you the advocacy skills you need to get better results for your client, and teach you the business skills you need to operate a financially viable law firm representing veterans.