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Board of Veterans Appeals Quarterly Report for 3rd Quarter FY2021 is out. What does it mean?

October 6, 2021

BVA Quarter 3 Report Every quarter, the Board of Veterans Appeals publishes a report on the backlog of cases on their docket. This data can be used as a good guide for estimating how long an appeal will take once filed before the Board. Let’s take a look at the data: A couple of things…

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How do I apply for VA Benefits?

October 5, 2021

Often, Veterans will call the Law Office of Andrew P. Gross, LLC looking for advice on filing for VA Disability Benefits. Applying is actually fairly easy, and you do not even need an attorney for that step of the process! Before you apply, there are several things you are going to need available to you…

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Which Veterans Disability Appeal Option Is Right For Me?

October 4, 2021

If you have been denied service connection in your VA Disability claim, or the VA has rated your disabilities lower than they should have, you have a number of options to appeal the decision. As we discussed in the article about the Appeals Modernization Act, there are three basic options to choose when appealing decision…

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Is There a Way to Expedite My Appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals?

October 2, 2021

Depending on the circumstances, yes, your appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals, often called the “BVA” or the “Board” for short, can be expedited by filing a motion to Advance on the Docket. Why Would I Need to File a Motion to Advance on the Docket? Appealing to the BVA may be necessary in…

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What Happens if I Die Without a Will in Maryland?

September 28, 2021

The death of a loved one is always tragic. When a person dies, their money and property, as well as their debts, become their “estate.” How a person’s estate is managed is generally governed by their Last Will and Testament. When a loved one dies without a Last Will and Testament, supported by a broader…

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Why Do I Need A Last Will and Testament?

September 24, 2021

Estate Planning attorneys get asked, routinely, whether someone needs a Last Will and Testament, or even an estate plan at all. The answer is not always simple. Here, the experienced estate planning team at the Law Office of Andrew P. Gross, outline the many benefits of developing a last will and testament. The Choice of…

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What is the Difference Between Direct, Secondary, and Presumptive Service Connection?

September 20, 2021

Upon receipt of an Application for Disability Compensation, the VA will review your claim and assign a disability rating based on the severity of your service-connected condition. This will determine how much disability compensation you will receive each month. The types of service connections are categorized as follows: Direct, Secondary, and Presumptive. Generally, Direct and…

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New Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions

September 18, 2021

The VA will soon add three conditions to the list of disabilities presumptively caused by Agent Orange Exposure. Prior to the passage of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for FY2021 the following conditions were considered presumptively linked to Agent Orange Exposure during the Vietnam War: Conditions Presumptively Linked to Agent Orange Exposure AL…

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What Should I Do If I Am In A Car Accident?

September 14, 2021

Do: Stay Safe.  Most important is to make sure that all drivers and passengers are safe.   Move your vehicle to a shoulder or side street. Getting out of the way of traffic will help you to avoid further damage or injury.   Look to see if your car is leaking gasoline. If it is, have everyone get…

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