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Reasons to Hire Veteran’s Benefits Attorneys; Get Help in Ohio

Published on March 31st, 2018

Before you determine the best way to hire veteran’s benefits attorneys, the first step is to determine why you need them. Ohio residents who were injured and disabled while serving in the armed forces have rights. While you aren’t required to seek legal counsel during any claims or appeals processes, it can prove beneficial.

Difference Between an Attorney and a VSO

Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) are there to help any veteran fill out the forms and handle appeals. They perform their duties for free, and most people think they are the best option. While these organizations can be helpful, they don’t understand the law the way an attorney does. For example, a family doctor is helpful when you have a cold or the flu, but you wouldn’t rely on them when you need surgery. The same applies to VSOs and veteran’s benefits attorneys. You can use a VSO when you need help filling out a form, but when you need someone fighting for your appeal, Ohio residents should consider a lawyer for help.

When to Hire a Lawyer

While you can hire a lawyer for help at any time, they can’t be paid for their services until after your claim is denied by the Veterans Affairs Regional Office. You can call and ask questions or see if they will work pro-bono for part of the time, but many lawyers prefer to wait until your claim is denied. When you decide to hire an attorney, make sure that they are familiar with the VA laws and rules. You should also ensure that they are helpful and courteous. When you call, they should answer questions quickly to help keep the process moving.

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