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If you have hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of your military service and you
served during the times mentioned, you might be entitled to significant
compensation. Call today to find out more! Download PDF for more info.

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Veterans’ Benefits

Many of our aging population today are proud to call themselves Veterans. As Veterans they are not only entitled to our gratitude for their service, but also, in many cases, specific benefits. The Veterans Affairs (VA) Office offers a variety of benefits to eligible Veterans. Perhaps two of the most common and well known are the VA Hospital/Medical System and the VA  Disability & Compensation Program. There are others to be sure such as the VA Home Loan Program, the VA Education Program (911 GI Bill) and various others. But perhaps one of the least known programs under the VA is the Pension Benefit Program.

First we want to explain what the Pension Benefit Program is not. The Pension Benefit Program does not provide for medical care or hospital care. Those services fall under the Hospital/Medical Programs. The Pension Benefit Program also does not provide for compensation for service connected injuries. Those issues fall under the Disability and Compensation Program.

The VA Pension Benefit Program was designed to provide supplemental income for wartime service veterans and their families. There are two categories of the Pension Benefit Program; the Veteran’s Pension and the Survivor’s Pension. The Veteran’s Pension provides a tax-free monthly payment for low-income Veterans who served during wartime. The Survivor’s Pension provides a tax-free monthly payment to the spouse of a deceased wartime Veteran, provided he/she has not remarried. The Survivor’s Pension may also, in some circumstances, provide a small monthly tax-free payment to the unmarried children of a deceased wartime Veteran.

The VA Pension Benefit Program provides for a tax-free monthly payment at three different levels (provided all other requirements are met). The first level is the Base VA Pension. Currently the maximum Base VA Pension for a single qualified Veteran is $1,097 tax-free each month. For a qualified surviving spouse the maximum amount is $735 tax-free each month. In the event the Veteran or his/her surviving spouse is Housebound, the maximum amount of the monthly payment is increased to $1,340 for the Veteran and $899 for the surviving spouse. If for some reason the Veteran or his/her surviving spouse is in need of Aid and Attendance, the maximum monthly amount is increased to $1,830 for the Veteran and $1,176 for a surviving spouse.

In the case of a married Veteran the maximum Base Pension amount is $1,436 per month. For a married Veteran who is Housebound, the maximum amount is $1,680 per month. If the married Veteran is in need of Aid and Attendance, the maximum monthly amount is $2,169.

Keep in mind that all of these pensions are tax-free! The Veteran simply needs to qualify. For many Veterans that’s where the process ends because they are told they do not qualify. While technically correct, that is not the entire answer but most Veterans aren’t aware of this and simply accept “no” as the answer provided they even know of the existence of the Pension Benefit Program. Fortunately, that is where we come into the picture. With proper planning, we can help almost any Veteran or surviving spouse of a Veteran obtain a Pension Benefit relatively quickly.

If you are a Veteran who served during wartime, age 65 or older, or are the spouse of a deceased wartime Veteran you are likely entitled to a VA Pension Benefit. Even if you are not over 65 but are disabled due to circumstances not related to your time in the service, you may still qualify.

CAUTION! Many VA service organizations and even many Elder and Estate Law attorneys are not aware of the methods we use to qualify a Veteran for a Veterans Pension Benefit. They have either not been exposed to the tools we use, don’t have the expertise to employ these tools or simply aren’t accredited by the VA to act on your behalf.

Attorney Matthew Donald is a Veteran. He retired as a Major from the Army and understands the needs of Veterans. Because of his personal passion for helping fellow Veterans, Matt immediately applied to the VA and became accredited by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to represent Veteran’s when dealing with the VA.

Attorney Jennifer Moore is a VA accredited attorney. Jennifer is very passionate about helping those in the community obtain the benefits they are entitled to.

If you are a Veteran, please do yourself a favor and contact us for a personalized consultation. We will help determine your initial eligibility, explain how to achieve complete eligibility and assist you with receiving your VA Pension Benefit.

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Beginning January 1, 2020 our new office hours will be:
Monday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Coronavirus Update!!

corona 

Yes we are still operating, but . . .
Our doors are locked in an effort
to protect everyone, including you, our staff,
and all of our families.
we are asking that all clients
please call or email our
office to set up an appointment.

Contact Us 

  • Phone – 740-400-4194 
  • Fax – 740-400-4195 
  • Email – info@donaldlawoffice.com 

Will Contact You 

  • Within 48 business hours 
  • We wills schedule a phone call or video conference with you. 
  • We will schedule in person appointments ONLY as necessary.

 

 

At Donald Law Office, we treat every person we meet as though they are a member of our families. Our number one priority right now is the safety and health of our families, and as a part of our extended family, this includes you and your family as well.

The only thing that is certain right now for most people is that things are changing rapidly, and change brings about the fear of the unknown. One of the ways to combat fear is to retake control. Now is the time for decisive action. First and foremost it is essential that you follow the recommendations put in place by Governor DeWine’s office and understand what actions you can take to help protect your family including those recommended by the CDC.

We understand that this virus is causing many people to ask the tough questions that they might have ignored before. Questions such as; who is going to make financial, legal and healthcare decisions for them should they become sick?

At Donald Law Office we stand ready to assist you with addressing these questions and many more. Our challenge is how do we help you achieve the peace of mind you need and deserve, but also do so in a responsible way. We recognize that as an elder law firm we have a unique responsibility to our families as many of our clients are part of the most vulnerable population when it comes to this virus.

Everyone at Donald Law Office is still working to support you. Last week we took some initial steps to ensure your safety and continuity of services to our community. Those steps included conducting all appointments possible by phone, a deep cleaning of our office, and disinfecting all surfaces after every appointment.

However, as more information becomes available we are aware that many people who are not exhibiting signs of the illness can still spread the illness. You don’t know if we have it, and we don’t know if you have it. You don’t know if the person who came into our office before you had it. What we do know is that we can help by limiting your exposure to any potential carriers. To facilitate that, we believe that the time has come to extend our preparedness and to take additional measures to ensure your safety.

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, we will be implementing the following additional measures:

  1. We will continue to operate unless ordered to close by the government.
  2. We will continue to be able to fully support all of our clients and new clients during this period.
  3. Be aware that it is possible that during these reduced onsite staffing times, that your call will not be answered immediately, but PLEASE leave a message. We WILL call you back.
  4. Unscheduled client visits (including new walk-ins) will need to use our new protocols outlined below in #5. This is for your protection, the protection of our staff, and the protection of our other clients.
  5. As an alternative to coming into the office (i.e. walk-ins), we are asking that all of our clients and potential clients call our office (740-400-4194), or email (info@donaldlawoffice.com) our office to schedule an appointment for a phone call or video conference.
    1. We do not want to expose you to any unnecessary risks.
    2. PLEASE do not come to our office unless instructed to do so by a staff member.

Eventually, we are going to return to some semblance of normalcy.  Between now and then our office is here to support you and your families in your estate planning needs. It is more important now than ever that you have your affairs in order. As we have said all along, you need to have a plan in place to address what you are going to do if you or a loved one becomes ill or injured. The Coronavirus is just the most recent threat.

In closing, we want to reassure you that we do not foresee a situation where we will discontinue services.

We hope and pray that none of you or your families become ill from the Coronavirus.