Yes – but the attorney needs special qualifications in order to be allowed to appear on your behalf. No individual can act as an attorney or as an agent in preparing, arguing or advocating for an applicant regarding a claim that is governed by the laws of the Department of Veterans Affairs, unless they are certified to do so by the Secretary of the Department. To be certified to advocate for a veteran in issues under the administration of the Department an individual must be a member of the bar of the highest court in their state, and must submit a written declaration to the Secretary outlining their qualifications to appear before the Secretary in such matters.
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