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VA Form 21 Blog

The idea for the VA Form 21 Blog came from my 13+ years of experience trying to build a law practice in a challenging practice area: representation of disabled veterans.

Along my path, I've learned a lot about building a sustainable and profitable law firm that prioritizes the well-being of the attorney. I'd like to pass on my knowledge to other attorneys, regardless of their practice area.

For those who specifically practice Veterans Law, this page is unlike any resource on the "internets" today. It is designed and written specifically for attorneys, advocates, VSOs, and agents. I will keep you current on the law, changes inside the VA, and give you tips and techniques to help deliver quality legal representation to your clients: veterans and their surviving spouses and children.

Join me as we work together to build profitable law firms that prioritize attorney well-being.

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PRECEDENTIAL CAVC CASE ALERT: Martinez v. Wilkie (17-1551)(38 USC 5103A, the Duty to Assist and C&P Opinions)

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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How the BVA misapplies the Presumption of Soundness.

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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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3 common errors in BVA "continuity of symptomatology" decisions.

If I could write a list of the most common errors in BVA decisions, erroneous continuity of symptomatology decisions would top the list. Read More
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Federal Circuit Precedent Alert: Sucic v. Wilkie (definition of "children" in substitution statute)

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? Claimants eligible to receive accrued benefits upon the veteran’s death are, in order of eligibility, the veteran’s spouse, “the veteran’s children” and the veteran’s depende… Read More
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Does the VA Duty to Assist require giving to veterans a copy of their C&P opinions?

One of our clients’ cases, Martinez v. Wilkie, No 17-1551, was recently set for a panel decision by the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).We are not yet sure if there will be supplemental briefing or oral argument at this time. I… 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&n… 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 BV… 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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About the "VA Form 21” Blog

I want to teach you what I've learned about building a profitable law practice that prioritizes attorney well-being.

If you practice Veterans Law, the VA Form 21 Blog will work to keep you current on changes in veterans law.