Category Archives: VA Benefits

Upcoming VA Payment Dates

VA education, compensation, pension, and survivor’s benefits are paid on a monthly basis. Normally, benefits for a particular month are paid the first business day of the following month. When the first business day of the month falls on a non-business day or a holiday, VA benefits will be paid on the last business day…

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New VA Forms Needed Under New VA Regulations

One question we’re hearing lately is when should we expect new VA Pension forms required under the new VA Pension regulations released in October. This is a great question but one that no one seems to have an answer for. An acquaintance recently called the VA Philadelphia Pension Center and was told that they frankly…

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Independent Living Costs Under the New VA Regulations

As we initially feared and warned clients about in the new VA regulations, it appears that it is going to be more difficult to get the cost of independent living as Unreimbursed Medical Expenses (UMEs) to offset income. Step #2 on page 12 of VA Form 21P-534EZ specifically states that the facility must be staffed…

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Blab Show Episode #2

Blab Show Episode #2 Is Here! . . . where attorneys Davis Nelson and John Watts answer live questions from real people about Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension benefits Click the image below to watch the latest episode (58:01)         Each week, Atlanta attorney Davis Nelson and Birmingham attorney John Watts answer…

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Our New Blab Channel

Announcing My New BLAB Channel   My good friend, Alabama lawyer John Watts, and I have started a weekly show on BLAB where we answer audience questions about veterans’ benefits, elder law, long term care issues, estate planning and other consumer issues. We’re live every Friday afternoon at 3:00 PM Eastern Time (2:00 PM Central Time).…

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VA adds confusion to powers of attorney

Signatures, Signing VA Documents, and Powers of Attorney [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”https://davisnelsonlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/SigsPOAs.mp3″](05:20) The issue of signing VA forms and documents should be a straightforward process. But it’s not. Furthermore, the VA uses, and legal terms in quirky ways sometimes. A good example is the term “power of attorney.” Typically, the phrase “power of attorney” refers to the…

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Why establising the effective date of your VA claim is so important

Everything You Need to Know About the Effective Date of Your VA Claim [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”https://davisnelsonlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/effectivedate.mp3″](15:41) Establishing the effective date for your VA claim is one of the most important aspects of it. In today’s audio, you’ll learn when and why it determines when you’re VA benefit will start. You will also learn that the effective…

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Requirements of Service

Does your military service count for VA benefits purposes? [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”https://davisnelsonlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/servicerequirements.mp3″](12:53) Everyone knows what military service is, or think they do. But when it comes to determining whether your military service will count with the VA, the rules are a little more complex. Service with the Army, the Navy, the Marines, the Air Force, and…

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Taking the Fast Track to a Successful VA Pension Claim

Choosing the Right Claim Approach Will Increase Your Chances of Approval [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”https://davisnelsonlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/FDCProcess.mp3″](07:30) Anyone filing a claim for benefits with the capital Department of Veterans Affairs must make a choice between two processing approaches. The first one is known as the Fully Developed Claim approach. The other approach I will refer to as the Regular…

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Should you ask the VA for help?

Before you begin putting together a claim for VA benefits, such as VA Aid and Attendance, you should ask some questions. The answers to those questions will have a direct impact on whether your claim will be approved or denied. Unfortunately, many people do not ask these questions, and as a result, they won’t have…

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