The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) only allows individuals who are legally authorized, or accredited, to help claimants pursue VA benefits, including disability compensation.Â
Accredited representatives receive special training to help file claims on their clientsâ€™ behalf, which could include everyone from veterans and service members to dependents and survivors.Â
Failing to hire an accredited attorney can delay the resolution of a claim indefinitely, as the VA prohibits the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of VA claims by non-certified attorneys, so if you or a loved one have questions about veterans benefits or another VA-related matter, please contact VA certified attorney near me, James R. Comerford for help with your case.Â
Under federal regulations, VA accreditation is defined as the authority granted to certain individuals by the VA to assist claimants in preparing, presenting, and prosecuting claims for benefits. To remain accredited, attorneys must also certify that they are in good standing on an annual basis. This certification also requires the completion of additional courses on veterans benefits law and procedure.Â
When an attorney is not accredited or certified by the VA, he or she is prohibited from acting as a claimantâ€™s representative in any VA-related matters. This means that only a VA accredited and certified attorney can help claimants by:
As a certified and accredited VA benefits attorney, James R. Comerford is uniquely equipped to assist clients with these objectives, including:
Successfully completing these tasks can be a complicated process, especially for those who are suffering from severe injuries or disabilities. Filing a Form 9, or Notice of Disagreement after receiving a denial of a claim can be particularly challenging, as claimants are often required to submit additional evidence to the Board and attend a number of hearings. Appeals must also be filed within a specific time frame, usually within one year from the date of the original rejection. Failing to comply with this rule could result in a refusal to hear the case regardless of its merits. To ensure that your own claim is not denied due to a minor error and that your appeal has the best possible chance of success, please contact a VA accredited lawyer who can assist you.Â
To schedule a free consultation with a dedicated attorney who can help you with your own VA claim-related questions and concerns, please call The Comerford Law Office, LLC. You can also reach a member of our legal team via an online message.Â
I contacted Jim after my first denial for SS Disability. He was referred to me by a good friend who had retained him for her Disability odyssey as well. My Disability case was somewhat difficult because I didn’t have a nice, large cache of medical documentation to back up my claim. Despite this and other complications Jim helped me get through my hearing and I received a fully favorable decision from the Judge and now I am just waiting to start receiving my benefits,
James is an absolutely great lawyer. He fully understands his area of expertise, he’s quick to answer any questions with clear, concise directions on how to proceed. His insight into understanding how to navigate with many case laws and government agencies helped me as his client better understand the case law and it’s ways. James is quick to answer emails and phone calls, and made me feel very comfortable. I highly, highly recommended James for his case law specialties. A professional and true gentleman, even when I would ramble on with worry, James was very understanding and able to put my concerns at ease.
Jim is absolutely one of the nicest, most compassionate, and intelligent lawyers out there. He is fast to answer any question with clear, concise direction. His insight into understanding how to navigate with many government agencies helps his clients in many ways. Jim is quick to answer emails and calls, and makes his clients feel very comfortable. Highly, highlyrecommended.
Jim is a good lawyer that helped us through a difficult purchase of our home(he also was the lawyer for the sale of our previous home).
We had quite a few issues with the details of the purchase with both the bank and the seller that James made sure were resolved as quickly as possible. When the selling lawyer would not respond to phone calls/emails Jim physically went to the lawyer’s office and made sure that the final details were pushed through.
I would recommend Jim as an attorney as he is very knowledgeable and thorough on the work that he does.
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