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Posts from the ‘WSBA Call to Duty’ Category

10
Nov

How You Can Make a Difference this Veterans Day

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Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and we’d like to take a moment to thank our veterans for their service.

Military mom hugging with her child,Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and we’d like to take a moment to thank our veterans for their service. If you’d like to show your appreciation for those who served, there are many ways to provide legal assistance to Washington veterans. Read more »

21
Apr

Answering the Call to Serve: Above and Beyond

Morgan Gabse
One attorney’s Call to Duty pledge equipped her to help veterans through legal matters outside her normal practice area.

Morgan Gabse
The WSBA’s Call to Duty Pledge inspires Washington attorneys to work outside their normal practice areas to serve veterans. Morgan Gabse is one attorney who branched out to meet veterans’ needs. Read more »

28
Mar

The Changing Contours of “Low Bono”

A man and female attorney signing a document
Seattle attorney and WSBA section chair Forrest Carlson takes the “don’t know” out of Low Bono.

A man and female attorney signing a documentUp until very recently, whenever I asked other lawyers what they thought “low bono” meant, most ventured an uncertain guess along these lines: “Is it like pro bono, except instead of paying no fee, the client pays a low fee?” Read more »

20
Oct

A Call to Duty: One Attorney’s Journey to Help Others

Magdalena Bragun
Magdalena Bragun is an attorney who overcame hurdles to work in the U.S.; then she worked to help those in need – American military veterans.

Magdalena Bragun

Magdalena Bragun

Magdalena Bragun is an attorney who overcame hurdles to work in the U.S.; then she worked to help those in need – American military veterans. Read more »

18
Dec

A Call to Duty: Contrary to Popular Belief, You Can Take Pro Bono VA Benefit Cases

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Learn more about taking VA benefits cases.

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You may have heard in recent news reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs is finally putting a dent in the backlog of veterans’ benefits claims. Claims that have been pending for more than 125 days are characterized as “backlog.” The VA’s goal is to eliminate the backlog of compensation claims pending for more than 125 days by the end of 2015.

You Can Assist In This Backlog

Attorneys can become involved in the VA claim process at the initial level of the VA, as well as by taking an active role in the adjudication process in advance of traditional appellate litigation. There are several benefits a veteran can claim through the VA. However, most of the VA denial-of-benefits cases, and the legal practice surrounding those denials, focus on veterans’ disability claims. Read more »