Miller, Miller & Canby is pleased to announce that the firm now holds the accreditation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide counsel and representation to veterans and their families. The firm advises veterans on the levels of financial benefits for which they may qualify.
Applying for benefits is often a long and difficult process. Many VA laws are complex, and they are subject to frequent changes. It is helpful to have guidance in navigating through the regulations and the process.
When To Consult An Attorney
Although many veterans try to go through the process alone, an attorney accredited by the VA can provide valuable assistance in explaining the VA and non-VA benefits to which the veteran and his family may be entitled. An attorney can explain the steps necessary to qualify for those benefits, and assist in the process. Additionally, an attorney may help with putting together a subsequent plan. “There are specific instances where counsel is helpful in applying for benefits,” said Helen Whelan, an attorney at Miller, Miller & Canby who also is a CPA. “For example, it may be advantageous to move assets into trust as part of a long-term financial plan.”
Miller, Miller & Canby’s Helen Whelan is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the planning and preparation of claims for veterans. She works with veterans to evaluate and establish eligibility and guides them to capitalize on the benefits to which they are entitled as a result of their service.
VA benefits are generally available to honorably discharged veterans and their families where the veteran has
- At least 90 days of active duty, with one day during a wartime period; and
- A permanent or total disability OR attained the age of 65 years.
If you are a veteran, or family member of a veteran, and have questions about benefits or the application process, set up an appointment with Helen Whelan.
Helen Whelan is a principal with Miller, Miller & Canby and, in addition to focusing in Veterans Benefits; she also concentrates her practice in Elder Law, Estate and Tax Planning and Trust & Estate Administration. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland, District of Columbia and West Virginia and is a CPA with a Masters’ Degree in Taxation.