Advanced Topics on Veterans’ Issues and Benefits

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Monday, December 5, 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. ET

Friday, December 9, 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. ET
  • Webcast with Live Q&A
  • Telephone with Live Q&A
MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 3.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $190

Information

Why Attend?

  • Learn things you may not know about VA benefits and the claims process.
  • This program qualifies for the continuing, biennial requirement for attorneys who previously have been accredited by the VA.

Attorneys and agents who maintain accreditation with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are authorized to provide information, counseling, and legal representation for veterans that are involved with the VA claims process. Non-accredited attorneys should be aware of issues impacting veterans and their surviving spouses so they can properly refer their clients if the need arises.

This seminar provides CLE to maintain the continuing, biennial requirement for those attorneys who previously have been accredited by the VA in accordance with 38 C.F.R § 14.629. The topics covered are advanced in nature and will include Compensation and Pension Benefits, Veterans Health Administration services, dependent claims and services, accreditation requirements, Medicaid impacts, and anticipated VA regulatory changes.

The Office of General Counsel is now seriously updating their accreditation database and checking all attorneys' and agents' status. If the OGC's review discovers that an attorney or agent is behind with CLE hours, they will send a letter to that person informing on the number of CLE hours required to bring the accreditation up to date. This will be a total of all missing hours to date.  The time frame to complete these overdue CLE hours is usually between 30–60 days.

ACCREDITATION

To be able to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA regulations require that a lawyer take a different seminar to become accredited AFTER FIRST completing and filing the VA Application for Accreditation and receiving approval back. This approval procedure may take 30–40 days. Visit www.va.gov/ogc/accreditation.asp.

Virginia CLE® offers the 3-hour qualifying course for lawyers to represent veterans, “Veterans’ Benefits,” as an online seminar (qualifies as the VA accreditation course nationwide).

 

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Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar
Live on Site: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (December 5)

9:30 Session 1: Working Within the VA Structure: How Not to Screw Up a VA Claim
  • How the VA operates
  • Keeping your accreditation up to date
  • Qualifying for benefits
  • Application process
  • Actions while claim is pending
  • Actions post-approval
10:20 Session 2: Considering VA Benefits in a Medicaid World
  • Overview of potential VA benefits
  • Integration of VA benefits in a practice
  • Proposed VA regulatory changes
  • Key differences between VA pension and Medicaid
  • Effect of Medicaid eligibility on VA pension
11:10 Break
11:25 Session 3: Advanced VA Claims and Appeals
  • Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU)
  • Extended care services
  • Catastrophically disabled veteran
  • Apportionment of benefits
  • Accrued benefits
  • Substitution of claimant
12:15

Questions and Concluding Remarks

12:45 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (December 9)

9:30 Session 1: Working Within the VA Structure: How Not to Screw Up a VA Claim
  • How the VA operates
  • Keeping your accreditation up to date
  • Qualifying for benefits
  • Application process
  • Actions while claim is pending
  • Actions post-approval
10:20 Session 2: Considering VA Benefits in a Medicaid World
  • Overview of potential VA benefits
  • Integration of VA benefits in a practice
  • Proposed VA regulatory changes
  • Key differences between VA pension and Medicaid
  • Effect of Medicaid eligibility on VA pension
11:10 Break
11:25 Session 3: Advanced VA Claims and Appeals
  • Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU)
  • Extended care services
  • Catastrophically disabled veteran
  • Apportionment of benefits
  • Accrued benefits
  • Substitution of claimant
12:15 Questions and Concluding Remarks
12:45 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

FACULTY


Angela N. Manz,
The Law Office of Angela N. Manz, P.C. / Virginia Beach

Angela N. Manz focuses her practice on elder law and estate planning, including Medicaid Planning, Veterans’ Benefits, Guardianships/Conservatorships, Elder Abuse, Estate Planning, Probate/Trust Administration, and Care Management. She works with clients to plan for the future and cope during times of crisis. She is a graduate of the William & Mary School of Law.

Christopher M. McCarthy, White & McCarthy, LLP / Midlothian

Chris McCarthy is a partner at White & McCarthy, LLP, and has been practicing in the field of Elder Law since 1999.  He focuses his practice in the following areas: Estate Planning; Estate and Trust Administration; Disability and Special Needs Planning; Medicaid Planning and Long-Term Care Planning; Guardianships and Conservatorships for Incapacitated Adults; and Fiduciary Services.  An AV-rated attorney, Mr. McCarthy is also an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans’ benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Harold H. (Bart) Barton, Jr., Mulkey, Forbes, Reid & Barton, PLC / Newport News

Bart Barton’s primary practice area is Elder Law.  He represents older persons, disabled individuals, their families, and their advocates.  He also practices in the areas of Veterans’ Benefits, as a VA-accredited attorney including claims and appeals; Guardianships for Minors and Adults; and Restoration of Individual Rights.

Prior to beginning a law career, Mr. Barton served in the United States Air Force for over twenty-six years and retired as a Colonel in 1999.  He serves under an appointment by the Governor on the Joint Leadership Council of Veteran Service Organizations and was recently elected as chairman.

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