Webinars



NOVA offers two to three webinars per year to assist attorneys and provide supplementary training between seminars.  These webinars offer top quality veterans law training from the convenience of your home or office.  Please scroll below for descriptions of our recent webinars and links to purchase them.


Upcoming Webinars

NOVA WEBINAR: How to Manage Your Growing Practice – Part IV in the Business Series

NOVA will hold its next webinar  How to Manage Your Growing Practice – on August 30, 2017 at 2PM ET. Many advocates new to VA practice take a “Field of Dreams” approach to growing their firm: “If you practice, veterans will come.”  Without a realistic marketing plan, you can find yourself with too many cases and clients.  It often takes three years to win your client’s case, and it is easy to end up with a docket of cases that limit your ability to grow your practice and experience.

In Installment #4 of the “New Practitioner Business Webinar Series,” Chris Attig will show you how to create a law firm marketing plan that will help you find the right clients and cases to build a successful law practice - on the shoe-string budget of a new VA law practice.

Attig | Steel, PLLC has represented veterans at all levels of the VA claims process since 2007. Joining NOVA in 2010, Chris has become a regular presenter at NOVA conferences, and serves on the Board of Directors.  He has also instructed Veterans in “DIY” claims preparation through his popular Veterans Law Blog and his series of Veterans Law eBooks and Training Videos.

Coming in 2018…..Part V in the Business Series: On-Boarding the Prospective Client - Building Efficient and Effective Consultation and Case Review Workflows.

Register Now! Space is limited to the first 100 registrants!

Member Registration Fee: $149
Nonmember Registration Fee: $199

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Past Webinars

Webinar: How to Fight a VA Rating Reduction or Benefits Severance

Presenters: Christian McTarnaghan & Zachary Stolz
NOVA held this Webinar on June 15, 2017.

Your long-time client calls – VA wants to reduce his rating or sever his benefits.  What should you do next? Join Christian McTarnaghan of Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick for a discussion of the differences between proposed and actual rating reductions or severances, your client’s due process rights, and when and how to disagree with these actions. Christian discusses relevant case law and manual provisions on these topics, particularly regarding VA’s requirement to consider the entire veteran’s history before reducing a rating and whether improvement is under the ordinary conditions of life. He provides practical advice on when and how to request a hearing, how to counsel clients on the possibility of reduction, and when an attorney can get fees in these cases.

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Webinar: Five Cases or 500: Why You Need a Case Management System

Presenters: Robert Chisholm, Matthew Hill, Gregory Rada
NOVA held this webinar on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The video is available for purchase below.

Join our presenters to learn how case management software can give you more time to focus on practicing law.  Good case management software helps you organize case information, contacts, documents, and deadlines.  The presenters explain why you need it, and review three programs: Prevail, Needles, and Clio.

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Webinar: Letting Your Veteran be Heard - Getting the Most Out of DRO and BVA Hearings

Presenter: Sean Kendall & Timothy Franklin
Moderator: Matthew Hill
NOVA held this webinar on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The video is available for purchase below.

Attorneys Kendall and Franklin have represented veterans at Decision Review Officer (DRO) and Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) hearings in almost every state, including Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. Both presenters feel in-person hearings are an under-utilized tool in VA compensation practices and hope to encourage more practitioners to consider personal hearings for their veterans. This webinar includes a brief overview of traditional review versus DRO review of appeals, a discussion of how and when to request hearings, and the legal and practical differences between representing veterans in front of a DRO and a Veteran’s Law Judge, client preparation, case preparation, and the use of different strategies depending on the level of review and case complexity.

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Webinar: Build For Success: Three Tools to Improve Cash-Flow in Your VA Practice

Presenter: Chris Attig
Moderator: Matthew Hill
NOVA held this webinar on May 18, 2016.  The video is available for purchase below.

NOVA Board Member and Veterans Law Attorney Chris Attig continued to teach attorneys how to add a viable practice area to a small or solo law firm. This webinar presented his three keys to building a financially viable Veterans Law practice. Specifically, he discussed how to:  1) plan ahead for good case selection, 2) write play-sheets to streamline workflows in an administrative law practice, and 3) build relationships vital to your success.

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Webinar: Understanding Extraschedular (TDIU) Ratings

Presenter: Kenneth Carpenter
Moderator: Glenda Herl
NOVA held this Webinar on February 10, 2016. The video is available for purchase below.

NOVA Founding Member Kenneth M. Carpenter, renowned Veterans attorney and nationally recognized speaker, presented the session. This presentation covered three ways to seek an extraschedular rating, total ratings under 38 C.F.R. §§ 4.16(a) and (b), and less than total ratings under 38 C.F.R. § 3.321(b)(1).  There was also a discussion of the case law as well as strategies for developing your case to increase the chances for an award.

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Webinar: Practice Tips for Success at the CAVC

Presenter: Zachary Stolz
Moderator: Robert Chisholm
NOVA held this webinar on November 18, 2015. The video is available for purchase below.

This presentation focuses on proven strategies to get your veteran back to VA with a solid court order. In addition to best practices the webinar discusses the importance of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) to your practice, including why you should consider handling cases at this federal level or when to find another attorney to take your claim. The webinar also covered general ways to plead your cases, how to work early remands to get out of court expeditiously, and what you need to know to get paid.

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Webinar: How to Successfully Plead a Request for Revision

Presenter: Kenneth M. Carpenter
Moderator: Glenda Herl
NOVA held this webinar on July 15, 2015. The video is available for purchase below.

Would you like to know exactly what circumstances justify the filing of a request for revision? NOVA Founding Member Kenneth M. Carpenter, renowned Veterans attorney and nationally recognized speaker, leads you through the process of pleading and defending a request for revision – and more. In addition to how to plead this request, this webinar covers how to defend a request for revision at both the administrative and judicial levels. Mr. Carpenter also explains how to present an appeal to the Federal Circuit when the Veterans Court has denied an appeal of a Board decision on a request for revision.

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Webinar: Plan for Profit: How to Build a Viable Veterans Law Practice

Presenter: Chris Attig
NOVA held this webinar on March 4, 2015. The video is available for purchase below.

NOVA Board Member and Veterans Law Attorney Chris Attig presents his proven, personal approach to reaching profitability, sharing concepts and strategies that have led to his own success in this specialized area of practice. Don’t let gloomy forecasts get in your way! You need not wait 3-5 years to reach your financial goals. In addition to financial basics, Chris covers the importance of setting a vision for profitability, how to make the best case selection decisions, formulas for calculating and projecting revenue and expenses, and other practical tips and pointers.

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Webinar: Life in the Fast Lane

Presenter: Robert Chisholm
NOVA held this webinar November 19, 2014. The video is available for purchase below.

This session covers everything you need to know about fast tracking your client’s VA claim within various levels of the complex claims process. This webinar focuses on strategies to keep your client’s case moving in the right direction, whether it’s on the way up the ladder or on remand down from the Court and Board. For example, you will learn how to facilitate a claim for a homeless or terminally ill client as well as how to use a number of tactics to expedite remanded cases. The webinar also covers key strategies to get paid quickly following an award of benefits.

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Webinar: How to Add a Veterans Law Practice to Your Existing Law Firm

Presenter: Chris Attig
Moderator: Matthew Hill
NOVA held this Webinar on July 23, 2014. The video is available for purchase below.

This 100-minute Webinar covers everything you need to know about Adding a Veterans Law Practice to your Existing Law Firm. Is your law firm looking for a way to expand its offerings and provide a valuable service to the men and women who served our Nation? This webinar will help you make an informed decision about whether – and how – to add a Veterans Law practice group to your existing firm.  In addition to the basics of a VA Benefits claim, the webinar covers topics like “5 Reasons to Represent Veterans,” “Veterans Law: a Viable Business Concept?,” “Finding the Right Clients and Cases for your Firm,” as well as the “Challenges and Opportunities of Representing Veterans.”

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Webinar: All About C&P Exams 

Presenter: Matthew Hill & Robert Chisholm
NOVA held this Webinar on February 11, 2014. The video is available for purchase below.

This Webinar,  presented by NOVA Treasurer Matthew Hill and seasoned Veterans Law Attorney Robert Chisholm, will cover everything you need to know about the C&P Exams. Whether you are handling claims at the Regional Office, Board of Veterans Appeals or appealing a BVA decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, chances are that you have come across an important C&P exam in the record. This Webinar covers strategies on dealing with these exams and how those strategies vary depending on where your case is in the claim stream. The presentation also focuses on common errors committed in C&P exams and also includes an in-depth analysis of specific case examples.

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Webinar: Exploring 3.156 and Effective Dates

Presenter: Barbara Cook
Host: Matthew Hill
This webinar took place on June 27th, 2013.  The video is available for purchase below.

This 90 minute webinar, hosted by NOVA Treasurer Matthew Hill and presented by Veterans Law Attorney Barbara Cook, covered the history of 38 CFR 3.156, how to use new and material evidence to get an earlier effective date in both finally adjudicated and pending claims, and relevant case law. The following topics are covered; 38 USC Section 5108, 3.156 New and Material Evidence, and Standard of review.

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Webinar: Writs, Because Sometimes You Need the Courts to Tell the RO to Do Its Job

Presenter: Robert Chisholm
Host: Matthew Hill
This webinar took place on February 7th, 2013.  The video is available for purchase below.

Petitioning the Veterans Court for a writ of mandamus can be a highly effective way to light a fire under the VA in a claim or appeal that is stagnating at a regional office. But this weapon-of-last resort is often overlooked, occasionally misused, and frequently misunderstood. This webinar, hosted by NOVA Treasurer Matthew Hill and presented by veterans’ law expert and former NOVA president Robert Chisholm, explains how and when to submit a proper petition to maximize results.

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Webinar: Total Ratings Based on Unemployability Under 38 CFR 4.16

Presenter: Kenneth M. Carpenter, Esq.
This webinar took place on January 27th, 2012.  The video is available for purchase below.

This presentation is intended to explore new ideas and concepts concerning the presentation, development and arguments related to claims for increased compensation for a total rating based on unemployability. Included is an analysis of the provisions of 38 CFR. § 416 with particular attention to understanding the various considerations of service connected disabilities which must be examined in order to determine whether the facts of your case implicate an entitlement to a total rating based on unemployability. Also examined is strategies which can be followed to effectively present the issue of entitlement to increased compensation for a total rating based on the unemployability of the service connected veteran.

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