At Cuddigan Law, we are proud to serve veterans in disability compensation cases. Unlike many other professionals, we do not charge any upfront fees when we take your case. We work on a contingency basis which means we only get paid if we win your case and VA pays you a lump sum in back payment.
When and How the VA Pays Disability Lawyer Fees
The VA can pay your attorney out of the benefits you have won, if you have an approved contract. This requires the veteran and attorney to enter into a fee agreement allowing the VA to pay legal fees directly to the attorney when (and if) the case is won. The VA will first subtract the percentage of past-due benefits in the fee agreement and send it to the attorney, then the VA will send the veteran the rest of the lump sum.
Veterans should be aware that the VA will charge its own fee before paying fees to an attorney. The charge is limited to five percent of the amount of the fee required to be paid to the attorney or $100, whichever is less. This is service charge is paid by the attorney not the veteran.
You Don’t Have to Go It Alone
Many of the rules surrounding attorney fees and awards can be confusing, tempting many veterans to “go it alone” rather than lose too much of their benefits to legal fees. Reports from the Board of Veterans Appeals show that veterans represented by attorneys are more successful than those represented by most service organizations.
We only collect a fee from your recovered retroactive benefits. We do not get any fees from future benefits.
Typically there are a few minor incidental costs, separate from attorney fees, which we incur on your behalf as we prepare your case, like the costs of getting your medical records, for example. Those expenses will have to be repaid at the end of your case whether you win your case or not.
We never charge for offering you initial advice for your VA disability claim. For a free evaluation of your case, call us at (402)933-5405 or email us at [email protected] At Cuddigan Law you have a dedicated team of professionals in your corner who understand the system and who will fight for your rights.