U.S. law finally permits Veterans to have some legal representation in their fight for benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, unlike other Americans who can have legal representation at any stage, use this link Veterans are still prohibited from attorney representation until they file a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) with VA. This puts Veterans at a distinct disadvantage early on. The good news is, an attorney can help you even when the VA is badly mishandling your case. Changes may occur in this area of law. The information provided is brought to you as a public service with the help and assistance of volunteer legal editors, and is intended to help you better understand the law in general. It is not intended to be legal advice regarding your particular problem or to substitute for the advice of a lawyer.