Recent Court Decisions Veterans Advocates Need to Know About (February 2021-September 2021) (VSO)

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Presenter: Rosalee Hoffman

Length: 99 minutes

Recorded: September 2021


Webinar Description:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issue dozens of precedential decisions each year that impact thousands of claims before VA regional offices and the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Without an understanding of these recent changes to veterans law, you will be less effective in developing strategies and arguments to help veterans win their claims. These court decisions could provide new avenues for you to help a veteran establish entitlement to VA benefits, but might also invalidate arguments you successfully made in the past.

This webinar will highlight the most important changes in Veterans law that have arisen from court decisions issued from February 2021 through September 2021, with a focus on how advocates can use these developments to the advantage of the veterans they represent.

By the end of this webinar, you should understand:
• Which regulations the VA issued to implement the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act (AMA) related to supplemental claims are now invalid
• The rules for submitting evidence to the BVA following a court remand when a claim is subject to the AMA
• When a document that is not actually part of a veteran’s claims file is considered constructively part of the file and must be considered by the VA
• The meaning of “bore the expense” of the last sickness and burial for accrued benefits purposes
• Whether state unemployment benefits are countable income for purposes of non-service-connected disability pension
• The impact of the VA failing to obtain informed consent for medical treatment on a Section 1151 claim
• And court holdings on many other important issues!