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Wilmington, DE 19803

(302) 477-2090


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http://www.veteranslawclinic.org/veterans-2/frequently-asked-questions/

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Do you have questions about the clinic, our services, our our procedures for accepting new clients? Below you fill answers to common questions, as well as links to our client intake letter and form. If you still have questions after reading through these FAQs, please feel free to contact us at (302) 477-2090.


   What is the Veterans Law Clinic?

   How do you decide which cases to take?

   Why do you limit yourself to these kinds of cases?

   Do you only take clients in DE, PA, NJ, and MD?

   How do I apply for your services?

   Do you have an on-line application form?

   If I submit the Potential Client Intake form, am I your client and will you represent me?

   If I have an interview with your clinic, is there anything I need to bring with me?

   When is the Veterans Law Clinic open?


       What is the Veterans Law Clinic?


       It’s a law school clinic that gives free legal representation to disabled veterans and dependents who are appealing an adverse VA decision that denied them full benefits. We specialize in appeals from the VA Regional Offices in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland to the Washington-based Board of Veterans Appeals. We also take appeals from the Board of Veterans Appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, a special U.S. court set up to supervise the VA compensation system. On occasion, we also take other kinds of cases related to veterans law, including VA pension cases, VA overpayment cases, discharge upgrades, and Federal Tort Claims Act cases.


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       How do you decide which cases to take?


       We try to focus our efforts on helping veterans who cannot afford to pay an attorney to represent them. We also try to take cases where we think we can make a difference. Almost all of our clients with VA disability cases come to us after the VA Regional Office turns them down. We also file new claims for benefits for the surviving family members of veterans whom we represent when they pass away while we are prosecuting the claim. Each new case is carefully evaluated to ensure it fits within our mission as a student-centered teaching clinic.


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       Why do you limit yourself to these kinds of cases?


       The Veterans Law Clinic is a specialize, student-centered law practice. All we do is veterans work, all day every day. We do not focus on other areas of the law, such as matrimonial cases, criminal defense work, or workers compensation cases, for example. We stick to what we know best — veterans disability law. By focusing one one area of law, we hope to be able to provide our students with an in-depth legal experience while delivering top-notch legal services to our clients.


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       Do you only take clients in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland?


       In general, we limit our representation to clients living within driving distance to the clinic. While we may not need to meet often, sometimes face-to-face meetings with our clients are required. Also, if you have a VA disability case, we need to be able to drive to the Regional Office at which your claim is pending for hearings with a Decision Review Officer or the Board of Veterans Appeals. If you live in other parts of the country, you are welcome to contact us anyway to see if we can help you find a veterans law attorney near you through our attorney locator program.


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       How do I apply for your services?

       Do you have an on-line application form?


       The simplest way for you to contact us about your case is to apply for our services by reading our Client Intake Letter, completing our Potential Client Intake Form, and sending a completed intake form to us by email (help@veteranslawclinic.org), fax (302-477-2227), or U.S. postal mail (Veterans Law Clinic, Widener University School of Law, 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington VA 19308). If you have questions, you can also contact us by telephone (302-477-2090).


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       If I submit the Potential Client Intake form, am I your client and will you represent me?


       No, not necessarily. After receiving your intake form, a VLC staff attorney and legal intern will make a preliminary investigation into your case as soon as possible. If we find that your case is legally meritorious and you meet the clinic’s qualifications for representation, you will be notified and your name will be added to our waiting list. As soon as possible, we will set up an intake interview between you and a VLC staff attorney and/or volunteer attorney. A legal intern may also be present to work with you on your case. After the interview, if you decide you would like us to represent you and we think we can help you with your case, you will get a written agreement from us to represent you. The retainer agreement must be signed both by you and the clinic director, Professor Holbrook, before we will begin acting as your representative.


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       If I have an interview with your clinic, is there anything I need to bring with me?


       Yes, all the paperwork you have received from the VA, particularly any Rating Decision or Board of Veterans Appeals decision. The following documents are particularly important:

           DD-2124 and your most recent rating decision

           Your most recent denial

           Any correspondence you have from the VA

           A list of physicians you have seen with their addresses

           Any documentation of your disability

           For pension related problems – any financial documents


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       When is the Veterans Law Clinic open?


       Our main office at Widener Law School campus is generally open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Because we run on an academic calendar, we may be closed some days during summer break (June – August) and winter break (December). You are welcome to leave a message on our answering machine (302-477-2090) and we will return your call as soon as we can.