Every individual or business facing a legal issue confronts the question of whether or not to hire an attorney. Whether in civil or criminal cases, the hiring of an attorney is a choice. You can pay to hire an attorney or appear as a pro se litigant. Pro se is a latin phrase meaning “for oneself” or “on one’s on behalf.” We strongly believe that, if you are appealing a disability determination to the U.S. Court Of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), you should be represented by an experienced attorney. Here are three reasons why:
A recent case, Moffit v. Shinseki (February 14, 2014), was a claim for enhanced dependency based on a hypothetical entitlement. The claimant’s husband was a veteran of the US Army, who served from 1944 through 1946 and served and was wounded in WWII. He filed for and won 100 percent disability compensation in 1946, which was reduced to 60 percent in 1956.
Do you think you have a Clear and Unmistakable Error Claim (CUE) with the Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims (CAVC)? A CUE (motion is a collateral attack on a final RO or Board decision. Disabled Am. Veterans v. Gober, 234 F.3d 682, 696–98 (Fed.Cir.2000).