Category Archives: VA Benefits

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). If…

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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?

VA’s Duty to Assist [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”https://davisnelsonlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/VADutyToAssist.mp3″] Even before you begin the assembly of 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, hardly anyone will ask those questions;…

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VA makes changes to the Veterans Choice Program

Occasionally, VA actually listens to veterans and their families, then tries to do the right thing. It has just revised its eligibility criteria for the “Choice Program.” This probably will be most valuable to those of you who live in rural areas. The Veterans Coice Program is supposed to make it easier and quicker to…

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Don’t listen to those who say you don’t need a photo ID

If you follow the news, you probably are aware of the nationwide debate over laws requiring voters to present a photo ID when they go to the polls. You’ll hear more about this debate as the presidential election draws nearer. Such laws have been found to be constitutional by numerous state and federal courts and…

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Beware of what you ask the VA

There is a principle that young lawyers learn very early in their careers. Don’t ask a question unless you already know the answer. Why? Because you may not like the answer. This guidance ought to be followed when dealing with the Department of Veteran Affairs, whether you are a lawyer or not. Here’s why. Let’s…

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