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No, you only have to sign again for homestead if you move from the current home that has homestead into another home.
Your DD214 - discharge papers need to be recorded in our Recorder's Office, then sign the military exemption form in the Assessor's Office.
The assessor finds out these changes through building permits that are filed with the local city hall or the county and through property owners notifying us of an improvement.
According to State Law, foreclosures are not considered to be "good" sales and are not used to determine the assessed value. They are considered to be a "forced" sale, in which the bank was forced to sell the home. If the foreclosed property was not left in normal condition, you may consider notifying the Assessor's Office so that an appraiser may walk through the home to determine the value.
Several factors can change the value of your assessment. Home improvements, such as building a garage, building a deck, kitchen or bathroom remodeling, finishing the basement, etc., may change the assessed value of the home. Supply and demand may also change the value.
Market value of a property is an estimate of the price that it would sell for on the open market on January 1st of the year of assessment. This is sometimes referred to as the "arms length transaction" or "willing buyer/willing seller" concept.
See the How the Assessor Determines Market Value page for more information.
If you find that there are inaccuracies with your assessment, please contact the Assessor's Office at the Jasper County Courthouse. The assessor will review it and determine if the changes need to be made. An appraiser from the assessor's office may need to walk through the property to obtain accurate data.
The State of Iowa requires that all real property be reassessed every two years on the odd numbered year. At that time, studies of current market value, sales ratios and economic trends of the local market will determine whether your assessment should change. If your property has any other change it may be reassessed more often. For example, if you build a new garage, it will be assessed for the following year whether it is an odd number year or not.
No, the Assessor raises or lowers the values of property according to the market value of real estate or in the case of agricultural land, according to productivity and CSR.
Assessments are set January 1st of each year, while the tax levies (tax rates) on these assessments are not set until July of the following year. (Example, the assessment notices from April 2011 were for the January 1, 2011 assessment. Tax levies for these values will be set in June of 2012 based on what the different taxing authorities budget in March and April 2012 for the next fiscal year of July 2012 - June 2013.)
The taxing authorities you pay property taxes to are listed at the bottom of your tax statement each year, along with their budget information and a breakdown of how much you are paying to each taxing body.
If there is any change to the assessed value of your property, you will receive an assessment notice on or before April 15th of the year of the change. The taxes on the new assessment will not be reflected until September of the following year.
Before protesting your value, ask yourself these two questions:
After asking these questions, if you still do not agree, you are able to protest the value. Protest forms can be found on this website during protest times and are available at the Assessor's Office. Completed forms must be received in the Assessor's office starting April 16 up to and including May 5. The Board of Review will then review your assessment and determine whether the assessed value is fair. If, after review, you still do not agree with the assessed value, you may choose to appeal the case by filing in district court or with the Property Assessment Appeal Board.
Agricultural land and buildings are not assessed on market value. Corn Suitability Ratings (CSRs) are used to set agricultural land value along with productivity, which includes grain prices, yields, and land owners estimated expenses. This is done county wide on a five year average based on data from USDA and Iowa State University. For example, the years used for the 2011 assessment are 2005-2009. Based on this information, the Iowa Department of Revenue informs the counties what percentage adjustments are needed for agricultural land and buildings.
Possession of beer in a keg or any alcohol in a container larger than a quart is not allowed.
All pets much be on leashes no longer than six feet in length in all Jasper County Conservation parks and preserves.
Horseback riding is not currently allowed in any of the Jasper County Conservation areas.
The Jasper County Conservation Board charges $7/unit/night. A fee of $25 will be charged for scout and church group camping. Primitive camping with vault latrines are available at Ashton Wildwood Park and Mariposa Recreation Area.
No party may occupy any camp area for more than 14 days out of a 17 day period.
Fires may be built only in grills and fire rings provided by the Jasper County Conservation Board.
Weather permitting, Ashton is open year-round and Mariposa is open beginning April 1.
See a list of camping rules (PDF).
Jasper County Conservation does rent several pieces of equipment to help private landowners establish habitat on their own land. See our Equipment Rental Policy and information on our rental rates (PDF).
No, it is illegal to remove, injure, or destroy any tree, flower, shrub, plant or other vegetation, or any rock or mineral in any county owned areas. We do, however, permit the collection of fruits, nuts, berries, and mushrooms, as long as no damage is done to the parent plants.
No, the grasses and flowers in the ditches serve as wildlife habitat and enjoyment for travelers. The ditches and the plants contained in ditches are the property of the county.
The use of live minnows is prohibited.
No permanent blinds or tree stands are allowed. However stands or blinds that are portable, capable of being moved by one person from one location to another, capable of being removed daily, and ones that do not cause damage to any natural features are allowed.
We do not allow target or trap shooting on any of our areas.
Boats are allowed only at Ahrens Access of Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve. However, only electric (and not gas powered motors) are permissible.
Swimming is prohibited in all areas managed by the Jasper County Conservation Board.
All persons are required to vacate county areas between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. except in specific areas designated for overnight camping.
There are shelterhouses at Mariposa Recreation Area (1), Ashton Wildwood Park (2), Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve (2), Wagaman Mill (1), and Reimer Refuge (1).
Jasper County Conservation charges $25 to reserve a shelter - they are available on a first come basis. To arrangement to reserve a shelter, contact the Conservation Office by calling 641-792-9780.
Special events (weddings, family reunions, etc) will often require a Special Event Permit (PDF).
Find information about Cross Country Skiing in Jefferson County.
The Jasper County Conservation Board does not currently allow snowmobiles or ATVs in any of our areas.
Rabies is a disease that affects the brain and is caused by a virus. In humans rabies is always fatal.
Rabies is most commonly spread through the bite of an infected (rabid) animal. It is also possible to become infected if the saliva of the infected animal gets directly into an open cut or wound, the eyes, mouth, or nose.
Any mammal, wild or domestic, can carry the rabies virus. Wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes are much more likely to carry rabies. However, pets or farm animals such as dogs, cats, cattle, or horses can pass rabies on to people as well.
To prevent the spread of rabies many pets such as dogs, cats, and ferrets are vaccinated for the disease. If there is ever a bite exposure, it will be important to know the animal’s vaccination status.
It is important to immediately wash the area with soap and water following any bite by an animal that is possibly rabid. Jasper County Health Department recommends that you n immediately contact your physician if you have been bitten.
Yes. In fact most rabies cases today are caused by the rabies virus carried by bats. If you are bitten by a bat, wash the area and contact your doctor, as you would if bitten by any other animal. Whenever possible, the bat should be caught and sent to a laboratory for testing. The tricky part is that while most people know they have been bitten, in some cases bat bites may not be easily seen or felt. If you awaken to find a bat in your room, the room of an unattended child, a person who is mentally impaired, or an intoxicated person you should contact your doctor.
Learn more about what to do in situations involving bats visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Your doctor will work with you to determine your level of exposure and whether or not treatment will be needed. Your doctor will use tools and resources available through Jasper County Health Department, Jasper County Environmental Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health to help make this decision.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health are good sources of Rabies information.
State of Iowa Code, Chapter 351, Dogs and Other Animals
Jasper County Ordinance #66 (PDF)
The Civil Division is responsible for receiving, processing and serving civil and criminal court orders and legal documents.
MOST PAPERS TO BE SERVED
We require a $100 prepayment for most papers to be served. The type of paper being served, the location of service and number of attempts will determine the total cost of fees to be charged. You will be billed if fees exceed this amount. Once the fees are paid in full, a return of service will be filed with the clerk of court. If we do not use the entire amount, we will mail a refund check to you. We currently accept cash, checks or credit & debit cards (there is a service fee for all credit & debit card transactions).
For General Execution Wage/Bank Garnishments, please contact our Civil Office staff at 641-841-1203 to determine if prepayment is required, as it will depend on the TYPE of garnishment. In most cases, the Sheriffs fees/costs will be added to the total to be collected. If funds are collected, we will take the fees/costs out of the funds. If no funds are collected, you will be billed for the fees/costs. Once the fees are paid in full, a return of service will be filed with the clerk of court.
We do not require a prepayment for Special Executions/Sheriff Sales (Foreclosures). If the property sells, we will take the fees/costs out of the sale proceeds. If the property does not sell, you will be billed for the fees/costs. Once the fees are paid in full, a return of service will be filed with the clerk of court. If you have questions about Sheriff Sales, please contact our Civil Office staff at 641-841-1202. More information about Sheriff Sales can be found under the SHERIFF SALE section on our web page: https://jasperia.org/159/Sheriff-Sales
This directs the sheriff to whom and where to serve the civil papers. It also provides your contact information if there are questions or refunds to be issued for overages paid for services. (Attorney Offices can supply their own Direction sheet.) You can find a link to a blank form for CIVIL papers here:
"Directions to Sheriff" blank form-Civil paperwork
These fees cover costs of service, plus mileage. If we do not use the entire amount, we will issue a refund check to you. If we have to wait for payment, this could delay the process, as we are not required to do a return of service with the court until the fees are paid in full.
We will make several attempts at different times/days to serve papers before we declare a diligent search (unable to serve). It is always helpful if you can give our office any information on the defendant’s work schedule or vehicle description.
Once the fees have been paid in full, we will e-file the return of service to the court. If you have an EDMS (e-file) account, you should check your account notifications. If you do not have an e-file account, you may contact the Clerk of Court or the Sheriff’s Office to find out the status.
A GARNISHMENT IS A LEGAL PROCEEDING TAKEN BY A “CREDITOR” AFTER A JUDGMENT IS RECEIVED FROM A COURT AGAINST A “DEBTOR”. A garnishment will be served on an employer for wages or bank for funds. Contact your attorney with any questions how to begin this process.
We suggest you contact your attorney for advice prior to coming to our office.
When you come to our office, before we can process a garnishment, we will need:
This directs the sheriff to whom and where to serve the civil papers. It also provides your contact information if there are questions or refunds to be issued for overages paid for services. (Attorney Offices can supply their own Direction sheet.) You can find a link to a blank form for Garnishments here:
"Directions to Sheriff" blank form-GARNISHMENTS
The “garnishee” (EMPLOYER) name and address. The defendant’s name (EMPLOYEE), last known address and any additional identifiers are suggested; social security number, date of birth. Employers will need to positively identify the employee whose wages are to be garnished.
The county in which the EMPLOYER IS LOCATED, will determine which county processes the garnishment. The EMPLOYER must be located in Jasper County for us to process the garnishment. (However, due to recent interpretation, other counties may be able to serve garnishments and Jasper County can serve garnishments not in our county.)
The “garnishee” (BANK) name and address. The defendant’s (ACCOUNT HOLDER) name and address.
Some banks prefer to have the bank holder’s account number to be garnished or the social security number of the account holder as additional identifiers. If you do not have the additional identifiers, the Sheriff will still serve the garnishment, however lack of this information may greatly diminish your chances of receiving funds.
The county in which the BANK IS LOCATED will determine which county processes the garnishment. The BANK must be located in Jasper County for us to process the garnishment. (However, due to recent interpretation, other counties may be able to serve garnishments and Jasper County can serve garnishments not in our county.)
Garnishments expire 120 days after issued by the clerk of court. Once expired, any funds received will be sent to the clerk of court in the appropriate county. Allow us time to process our paperwork and to issue a check to the courts. (See Question 15 to receive funds)
You will need to contact the clerk of court in the appropriate county to find out the next step in the process in order to receive the wages/funds that were collected.
There is a table employers must follow based on wages, and a code financial institutions must follow. This information is printed on the back of the “Interrogatory” which is served to the employer or bank, along with the Notice of Garnishment.
If you are the employer, we suggest you contact your attorney or accountant if you have questions.
If you are the defendant, we suggest you contact your employer and/or attorney if you have questions.
WAGE Garnishment-When the paperwork is served to the EMPLOYER, they will fill out the “interrogatory” verifying if the defendant is currently employed with their company, their current wages, and if there is any reason why they wouldn’t be able to garnish the defendant’s wages, (such as other current garnishments, child support, IRS, maximum amount of garnishable wages met for calendar year, etc.). We will e-file the INTERROGATORY paperwork with the courts as soon as possible. Check your EDMS (e-filing) account. If you do not have an e-filing account, you may call the Sheriff’s Office to inquire the status.
BANK Garnishment-When the paperwork is served to the BANK, they will fill out the “interrogatory” verifying if the defendant currently has an account with their institution. They will advise account funds. We will e-file the INTERROGATORY paperwork with the courts as soon as possible. Check your EDMS (e-filing) account. If you do not have an e-filing account, you may call the Sheriff’s Office to inquire the status.
WAGE Garnishment-The employer is responsible for serving the employee a copy of the notice of garnishment which has been served to the employer.
BANK Garnishment-The account holder will be served a copy of the notice of garnishment either by the Sheriff via certified mail or by attorney’s office who is handling the garnishment.
911 is the number to call for emergencies (police, medical, fire). A 911 call goes over dedicated phone lines to the 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the area the caller is calling from, and trained personnel then send the emergency help needed. The very first 911 service in the nation was implemented in Haleyville, Alabama in February of 1968.
The Jasper County Sheriff's Communications Center is able to communicate to the hearing/speech impaired by using a TTY/TDD interface. If a caller uses a TTY/TDD, the caller should stay calm, place the phone receiver in the TTY and dial 911. After the call is answered, press the TTY keys several times. This may help shorten the time necessary to respond to the call. Give the dispatcher a moment to respond. If necessary, press the TTY keys again. The Communications Specialist will answer and type "GA" for go ahead. Tell them what is needed; police, fire department, or ambulance. Give your name, address and phone number where help is needed. Stay on the telephone if it is safe to do so. Answer the Communications Specialists questions. If a deaf or hearing/speech impaired caller doesn't have a TTY/TDD, the caller should dial 911 and stay on the line. Not hanging up leaves the line open. The caller's address is displayed on the dispatcher's screen and help will be sent.
911 is only to be used in emergency situations. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from law enforcement, the fire department or an ambulance. If you are ever in doubt of whether a situation is an emergency you should call 911, it's better to be safe and let the 911 dispatcher determine if you need emergency assistance. If you call 911 by mistake, do not hang up. Tell the dispatcher what happened so they know it is not an emergency. If the dispatcher is unable to verify that no emergency exists, a Deputy/Officer will be sent to the location unnecessarily.
In an emergency, dial 911 on your phone. It's a free call. You can use any kind of phone: push button, rotary, cellular/wireless, cordless, or pay phone. When dialing from a cell/wireless phone many times you can be located using our Phase II mapping. Stay calm and state your emergency. Speak loudly and clearly. Give the 911 dispatcher your name, phone number and the address to ensure they know where help is needed. Answer the dispatcher's questions. Stay on the telephone as long as it's safe to do so, and don't hang up until the dispatcher tells you to.
Each household, cell phone, or business pays a small monthly fee for 911 services on each telephone line that appears on their phone bill. There is no per-call charge for calling 911.
It's a prank call when someone calls 911 for a joke or calls 911 and hangs up when no emergency exists. Prank calls not only waste time and money, but can also be dangerous. If 911 lines or dispatchers are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need. This is a crime and you could be charged with unlawful use of the 911 system.
Weapons Permit Applications accepted: Monday-Friday (except holidays) 8am-4:15pm. It takes about 15 minutes, our office closes at 4:30 pm, so plan your time accordingly.
Yes, as of July 1st, 2017 you are able to transfer your carry permit between counties. Your permit is still valid throughout the state until it expires. However if you attempt to purchase, you may encounter difficulty from the seller if your ID and Permit information do not match.
Once the permit is approved, we will submit it to the state for printing. (We no longer print the permits at our office.) The permit will be mailed to your home, so you will only need to make 1 visit to our office. On average, we advise it will be 1-2 weeks before you receive your permit in the mail. This time frame can fluctuate depending on the number of applications we receive each day.
*By Code, the Sheriff has up to 30 days to approve/deny permit applications.
The permits are now printed by the state in order to create a uniform look throughout. They are a quality laminated plastic, about the size of a credit card.
We have plenty of applications at the Sheriff’s Office or you can print one from the link below, complete it and bring it to us, with your Driver’s License or State issued ID with your CURRENT address and your TRAINING CERTIFICATION.
Permit to Carry Weapon
Permit to Acquire
Fill in application COMPLETELY.
Include all aliases such as nicknames, maiden or prior married names.
The state is now printing all permits.
We accept cash, checks, and credit or debit cards for gun permit applications. There is a service fee for all credit or debit card processing.
There is no way to transfer another state’s permit for an Iowa permit. So anyone relocating to Iowa will simply need to apply for a NEW Iowa Permit to Carry at the Sheriff’s Office of the person’s new county of residence.
However, it is possible that the training completed for the permit from another state might satisfy the training requirement for the Iowa Permit to Carry. Under Iowa law, a person must complete any handgun safety training course utilizing an NRA certified instructor or a state law enforcement certified instructor. Additionally, a person can use military small arms training to satisfy the training requirement if the person had an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions (DD-214). If a person has documentation of training and the instructor was NRA or law enforcement certified, or if a person has military small arms training, then that training should satisfy the requirement for Iowa.
This would be handled as a duplicate permit. (See Question #3)
Your permit is still valid throughout the state until it expires. However if you attempt to purchase, you may encounter difficulty from the seller if your ID and Permit information do not match.
It would be handled as a duplicate permit. (See Question #3)
No. But you can search the internet for classes being held, check with sporting goods stores or take a class online. Any method will work as long as the course is approved by NRA or ILEA.
Anything outside the 60 day renewal window (30 days prior to the expiration date to 30 days after the expiration date) would be considered a NEW permit for the $50 fee. However, you can reuse your training certification or DD-214.
Prior to traveling across state lines, familiarize yourself with the laws of the state you intend to pass through and enter. Iowa recognizes and honors weapon permits from other states, but in many other states there is no such reciprocity.
When a person applies for a Permit to Carry, we will run a NICS background check to determine if the applicant is eligible. The applicant must also complete an application that asks questions pertaining to eligibility. Falsification of an application is a criminal offense that could result in prosecution, so an applicant should take great care in completing the application. This is a SIMPLIFIED list of prohibitors and is not considered a complete list:
PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING SUGGESTIONS:
Clear title is not guaranteed to real property sold at a sheriff’s sale. It is a Buyer Beware market. You must do your own research and we highly recommend contacting your attorney prior to bidding as you may not be purchasing what you think you are.
Taxes stay with the property. If you made the purchase, you are now responsible for the taxes.
Yes. You MUST have your finances in order PRIOR to the sale. No time to apply for a loan after you have won the bid. (See Question #4)
You MUST have your finances in order PRIOR to the sale. Depending on where you bank you will have 1 to 2 hours to go to your bank to get a cashier’s check for the full amount you bid and return it to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. We do not accept personal checks for sheriff’s sales.
Make checks payable to: JASPER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.
No, if the residence is vacant, you may NOT enter the property.Yes, if the residence is occupied and you get permission to enter from the residents.
No. We do not have keys or garage door openers before or after the sale. The Sheriff’s Office cannot give permission for you to enter a residence.
The mortgage company gives the sheriff’s office a starting bid before the day of the sale. The mortgage company’s bid is considered a sealed bid and will not be disclosed until the sale begins. A bid of a least $1.00 higher than the starting bid can win the bid.
Pursuant to the Code of Iowa, 626.85, the judgment holder may proceed legal action against you for the amount you bid.
If the sale notice indicates there is a redemption period; that is the amount of time that the defendant has the right to redeem the real estate after the sale (pay the outstanding debt owed). If the defendant makes redemption, this must be completed at the Jasper County Clerk of Court’s Office.
Yes, a purchase must be paid for within two hours by cashier’s check regardless of redemption period.
If you purchase property with a redemption period, you will be issued a certificate of purchase. When the redemption period is expired, you may then return the ORIGINAL certificate of purchase to the sheriff. If the property has not been redeemed, then you will then receive a Sheriff’s Deed. It is very important that you do not lose the original certificate of purchase. If you lose it, you will not receive a sheriff’s deed until you get a court order directing the sheriff to issue you a duplicate certificate of purchase. (626.96) If you fail to have a sheriff’s deed issued within 8 years after the date of issuance of the certificate of purchase, the sheriff’s sale will be cancelled. (626.97)
This is a question for your attorney.
It will need to be recorded at the Jasper County Recorder’s Office. Contact your attorney or the Recorder’s Office with questions.
These are questions for your attorney. If there is no redemption period or the redemption period is over and you have been issued a Sheriff's Deed, you need to go to the clerk of court and apply for a Writ of Removal using the Plaintiff and Defendant and case number from the foreclosure. Once the Writ of Removal has been issued to you by the court, you need fill out Directions for the Writ of Removal. Then bring the Writ of Removal and completed directions to our office to arrange service for the writ and pay for fees.
Whoever purchased the property at the sale is entitled to possession at the time of the sale in the case of no redemption period, or at the end of the redemption period, if the property has not been redeemed.
Attorney Offices will need to provide the following paperwork before a Sheriff Sale can be processed and the sale set. MAIL PAPERWORK TO: Jasper County Sheriff, 2300 Law Center Drive, Newton, IA 50208.
Attorney offices with questions can contact us at: SheriffSale@jaspersheriff.org.
The replacement plate cycle will start April 1, 2012 for the May 2013 registration renewal month.
You should recycle your old plate. You are not required to turn in the plates to the County Treasurer. The Vehicle system will record that new plates have been issued to a customer.
The background design will remain the same with the rural and city scene in the back ground. In July 2011 the numbers and letters on the plate changed from blue to black color. In November 2011 the zero was changed to a circle slash zero to assist law enforcement. Eventually, the letters on the plate will come before the numbers, for example: BBB111.
Due to the higher cost of mailing envelopes and packages from the postal service, the cost of mailing a set of plates has gone up slightly. The cost to mail a set of plates is going from $2.60 to $3. The cost of mailing a registration with a tag will remain $0.50.
If your plate is 10 years old or older you have no choice, the vehicle system is programmed to automatically issue a replacement plate.
If you choose to replace plates outside of your plate replacement period, you will be charged a $5 replacement plate fee. You will also need to turn in your old plates and current registration. If you do not have the current registration to turn in, a $3 replacement registration fee will be assessed.
The front of the renewal notice will have a ‘Y’ in the ‘Plates’ column field.
The U.S Senate Special Committee on Aging found that some organizations are misrepresenting themselves while helping veterans and survivors apply for Veterans Affairs (VA) pension. In a June 2012 hearing, the Committee addressed concerns that some organizations are marketing financial products and services to enable claimants whose assets exceed the VA pension program’s financial eligibility thresholds to qualify for VA pension benefits. The Committee also learned these organizations may charge substantial fees for products and services that may not always be in claimants’ best long-term interests. You can access a video of the hearing on the Committee’s website.
The U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report, Veterans’ Pension Benefits: Improvements Needed to Ensure Only Qualified Veterans and Survivors Receive Benefits, GAO-12-540. GAO found that:
An individual generally must first be accredited by Veterans Affairs (VA) to assist a claimant in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of a claim for VA benefits-even without charge. VA accredits three types of individuals for this purpose:
A searchable list of accredited representatives, agents, and attorneys is available at the VA Office of the General Counsel website.
VA accreditation, which is for the sole and limited purpose of preparing, presenting, and prosecuting claims before VA, is necessary to ensure that claimants for VA benefits have responsible, qualified representation. VA regulations allow a one-time exception to this general rule, which allows VA to authorize a person to prepare, present, and prosecute one claim without accreditation. The assistance must be without cost to the claimant, is subject to the laws governing representation, and may not be used to evade the accreditation requirements. Preparation and presentation of a VA claim includes, among other things, gathering the information necessary to file a claim for benefits, completing claim applications, submitting claim information to VA, and communicating with VA on behalf of a claimant.
A VA-accredited attorney or claims agent, who is also a financial planner, may assist a claimant with a claim for Aid and Attendance. However, financial planners may not use their VA accreditation for the purpose of promoting or selling financial products. If VA determines that an accredited attorney or agent is using VA accreditation for an improper purpose, VA may suspend or cancel the individual’s accreditation.
No. An accredited attorney or claims agent may generally charge claimants a fee only after an agency of original jurisdiction (e.g., a VA regional office) has issued a decision on a claim, a notice of disagreement has been filed, and the attorney or agent has filed a power of attorney and a fee agreement with Veteran Affairs (VA). An exception applies when an accredited attorney or claims agent receives a fee or salary from a disinterested third party. A third party is considered disinterested only if the entity or individual would not benefit financially from the successful outcome of the claim.
We note that some individuals charge a pre-filing “consultation” fee to inform a Veteran or survivor about VA benefits that may be available to them. In certain states, a license to practice law may be required to provide and charge a fee for such “consultations,” which may be considered giving legal advice.
No. Such promises are patently misleading because Veteran Affairs (VA) is ultimately the adjudicator of claims for VA benefits. If VA determines that an accredited attorney or agent has misled or deceived a claimant regarding benefits or other rights under programs administered by VA, they may suspend or cancel the individual’s accreditation.