Contested and Uncontested Administrations, Dependent & Independent Administrations, Declarations of Heirship, Muniment of Title, Small Estates Affidavits, and Heirship Affidavits
Temporary and Permanent Guardians of the Person and Estate, Annual Accounting & Elder Law Planning
Income tax, Estate tax, Corporate and Partnership tax & business - estate tax planning. Represent individuals and businesses before the IRS on domestic and international tax issues in all phases of the audit, appeals, collection processes and before the United States Tax Court
Darryl V. Pratt, JD, CPA is honored to have received accreditation by the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) to prepare, present and prosecute claims for veterans before the VA as an Accredited Attorney.
Accreditation refers to the authority granted by the VA to those attorneys who meet the standards established by the VA. VA’s stated purpose in requiring attorney accreditation is to ensure that claimants for VA benefits receive “qualified assistance in preparing and presenting their claims.”
To receive accreditation, federal law requires an attorney to pass a written examination and to complete continuing legal education covering, at a minimum, the following topics: VA representation, disability compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation and pension benefits, claim procedures, eligibility requirements, and appeal rights. An attorney must also establish that he or she is of good character and reputation.
The privilege of accreditation carries with it the responsibility to maintain specified standards of conduct and comply with the laws that govern VA representations, as set forth in the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations.
According to federal law, attorneys who do not receive VA accreditation are prohibited from assisting claimants in the preparation, presentation and prosecution of VA claims, regardless of whether or not the attorney charges legal fees for those services.
Unaccredited attorneys may only provide limited services to veterans, such as providing general information about VA benefits, and may not assist veterans in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of their claims.
The VA also regulates the fees that may be charged by accredited attorneys. In general, an attorney cannot charge a VA claimant for assistance in filing an eligibility verification report (“EVR”); in order to charge legal fees for representation before VA, the agency must have issued an adverse decision on a VA claim for benefits, and the claimant must have filed a notice of disagreement (NOD), or an appeal, with respect to that adverse decision.
The VA accreditation system is designed to ensure that lawyers who represent VA claimants have a thorough understanding of the VA health and benefit systems, so that they may provide quality assistance in the preparation, presentation and prosecution of those claims.
In addition to being accredited as a VA attorney, Mr. Pratt is also a member the National Elder Law Foundation, which is accredited by the American Bar Association. Elder law is the legal practice of representing older or disabled persons and their representatives in various matters including financing long-term medical care, nursing home issues, qualifying for Medicare, Medicaid and other public benefits, estate planning and administration, trust creation and administration, probate, retirement benefit disputes, estate litigation and guardianships. These combined distinctions allow Mr. Pratt to provide veterans and their families with advice on complex areas of law concerning long-term care planning, including VA pension benefits and the related issue of Medicaid benefits.
Mr. Pratt is proud to be one of the few attorneys in the State of Texas and the State of Oklahoma who is accredited by the Department of Veteran Affairs to assist veterans who have served our country obtain the benefits they deserve.
Welcome to PRATT LAW GROUP, PLLC!
Established in 2000 as a faith based law firm composed of Business, Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, Elder Law, Tax Law, Sports & Entertainment Law and Bankruptcy Attorneys. Our principal offices are located in Frisco, Texas. Clients come to us to prepare their corporate documents, Wills and Trusts, Probate their estates, prepare Guardianship, Tax, Real Estate, and Bankruptcy matters. If you are in the North Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth area – from Farmers Branch to Richardson to Addison and Highland Park and University Park, including North Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Proper, Little Elm, Aubrey, Flower Mound, Allen, McKinney, Southlake, Grapevine, Argyle. Denton, Fort Worth, and Sherman-Denison
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