Attorney Accreditation for Veterans Claims Representation
Attorneys accredited with the VA can help veterans avoid delay and even a denial of the legitimate claims for veteran disability benefits. VA accreditation permits an attorney to represent a veteran claimant before the VA.
Who needs Accreditation?
Without accreditation, an attorney may not independently assist claimants in the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for VA benefits, or supervise the work of others.
The initial accreditation process consists of two steps:
- First an attorney must file a VA Form 21a with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Office of the General Counsel and obtain initial accreditation from the VA. The accreditation process can take from four to six weeks. The VA will send a letter via U.S. mail notifying the applicant of their accreditation determination.
- Secondly, the attorney must, within the twelve month-period following accreditation, complete qualifying CLE. To maintain accreditation, attorneys are required to complete an additional 3 hours of qualifying CLE on veterans benefits law and procedure not later than 3 years from the date of initial accreditation and every 2 years thereafter.
For more information visit http://www.va.gov/OGC/accreditation.asp