H.R.4914 - Veterans' Choice of Representation Act109th Congress (2005-2006)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Evans, Lane [D-IL-17] (Introduced 03/09/2006)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||10/06/2006 Unfavorable Executive Comment Received from Veterans' Affairs. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.4914 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (03/09/2006)
Veterans' Choice of Representation Act - Amends federal law concerning a veteran's representation by an agent or attorney to allow the payment of attorney fees from the date the claimant files a Notice of Disagreement in the case. (Currently, such fees may not be paid before the Board of Veterans' Appeals first makes a final decision in the case.) Repeals the requirement that, in order to be paid, an attorney must be retained within a one-year period after the case has begun.
Authorizes: (1) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to review an attorney's fee agreement and order a reduction if the Secretary finds that the fee is excessive or unreasonable; and (2) judicial review of such findings.
Requires (currently, authorizes) the Secretary to direct the payment of attorney fees out of any past-due benefits awarded to a veteran in a proceeding.