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What Is an Accredited VA Representative and How Can One Help?

Dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs is often frustrating to former service members and their families. To help guide veterans through the process, the VA has established the accredited representative program. Attorneys and others who wish to advocate for claimants before the VA must complete a formal application and training process demonstrating their familiarity with the department’s rules and procedures. This way, claimants can feel confident that their rights will be asserted by a representative who can make their case effectively.

An attorney authorized by the VA’s accredited representative program is allowed to handle a full range of benefit matters, including disability medical, home loan and education claims. Guidelines to ensure the success and propriety of this program address issues such as:

  • Requirements for accreditation — An attorney must complete a continuing legal education course to gain initial accreditation and then take additional courses periodically after that. Proof of completion must be submitted to the VA’s Office of General Counsel along with a certification of good standing for courts where the lawyer is admitted to practice. A background investigation is also conducted.
  • When advocacy is authorized — Accredited attorneys are permitted to collect fees once an initial adverse claims decision has been issued and a Notice of Disagreement form has been filed.
  • Standards of conduct — To maintain their status, accredited representatives must abide by legal standards regarding truthfulness, diligence and competency. Accreditation can be suspended or revoked if an advocate fails to honor these rules.

The three VA-accredited attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban offer honest, skillful guidance on a full range of issues pertaining to veterans’ benefits. With offices in the Carolinas and Virginia, we serve a large group of veterans and their families. Please call 866-866-VETS or contact us online to make an appointment for a free initial consultation.

  • Thank to Mr. Spencer I was able to get my VA disability claim re-reviewed and given another chance to receive disability. By far he is one of the most professional lawyers I have ever dealt with. So Veterans if you are looking for help with your VA disability claim I would suggest that you hire Macari, Russotto, Spencer, & Balaban. Thanks again for everything.

    — Alfred Daye

  • As a disabled veteran trying to navigate the complexities of the Veterans Administrations regulations, I turned to the law firm of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban. They helped me understand what I needed to do and prepared and presented to the VA an excellent presentation of my case. I recommend them for your legal needs.

    — Harry Johnson

  • I was very satisfied with the excellent and professional manner the law firm handled my claim. I highly recommend any veteran who needs help with his or her claim to use Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban P.C. Special thanks to Mr Spencer for being very professional and courteous during the appeal process. Again Thanks to the entire firm for a job well done!

    — Luther Henderson

  • My husband & I highly recommend this law form to any veteran trying to navigate the endless red tape of the VA. We turned to Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban to handle my husband's appeal and could not have been happier. We enjoyed open and consistent communication regarding our case. Any questions we had were answered immediately.

    — Michele DeZayas

  • Amanda Medina-Morales was our point of contact and she kept us up to date on the progress of our case. It was a pleasure and relief knowing that someone truly competent and professional was handling this and fighting for us.

    — Michele DeZayas

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