VA CLE Credits: Pensions, Procedures and Appeal Rights

Description: In this session attorneys will become familiar with the Department of Veterans Affairs system and the types of claims commonly requiring attorney assistance.

This session will cover the following:
1) Pensions – eligibility (basic, housebound, and aid and attendance), spouse and dependents, rates, determining assets, and determining income and benefits
2) Claims procedures – compensation (filing and supporting), dependency (filing and supporting), and pension (filing and supporting)
3) Appeal rights – reopening a claim – notice of disagreement (decisions review officer and traditional appeal), Board of Veteran’s Appeals, and Court of Veteran’s Appeals

While this program facilitates VA accreditation it is an ideal introduction to VA benefits even for those attorneys who are not seeking accreditation.

Because the VA’s regulations require completion of qualifying CLE “during the first 12-month period following the date of initial accreditation by the VA,” the VA will not accept CLE courses taken and before accreditation as satisfying the requirements of 38 C.F.R. Sec. 14.629(b). Therefore, you must be accredited by the VA prior to attending this training in order to use this training to satisfy the VA’s CLE requirement for accredited attorneys. Applications for accreditation as a claims agent or attorney (VA Form 21a) or as a service organization representative (VA Form 21) are available online at The applications are relatively short and simple, and the approval process generally takes approximately 30 days.

For attorneys who have already satisfied this requirement, "VA requires the completion of follow-up CLE not later than 3 years from the date of the initial accreditation and every 2 years thereafter. In complying with section 14.629(b)(1)(iv), follow-up CLE may be dedicated to any topic within the broad 'veterans benefits law and procedure' category."

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Course Information Webcast - Archived Video Course Credits Dual Credits: 0.00
General Credits: 1.00
Total Credits: 1

This program will be filed for Tennessee CLE credit. Please email a request to for Georgia and Mississippi CLE credit.