I received my award letter today and it states:
Summary of the Case
an accredited attorney/agent properly filed a valid direct pay fee
agreement per the provisions of 38 CFR 14.63 in the above cited case.
The fee agreement shows that the claimant and attorney/agent request
that the Department of Veteran Affairs pay 20% of the claimants award
og past due benefits directly to the attorney/agent.
The amount of past dyue benefits, which is computed from the
effective date of the award through the date of decision, is
$91,951.37. The amount withheld for fees is $12,390.27 which is 20
percent of past due benefits.
Per 38 USC 5904 fees may not be charged, allowed, or paid with
respect to services of agents and attorneys before the date on which
the notice of disagreement is filed with respect to the case.
What we decided and why
_In this case, the NOD was filed on November 7, 2014 and all of the
requirements for direct payment of fees have been met. As a result, we
will pay the attorney or agent a fee in the amount of $12,390.27. Per
the provisions of 38 USC 5904, an assessment in the amount of $100
will be deducted from the fees._
that is verbatim per award letter. im a little confused because 20%
of 91k whould be around 18k so why is it 12k? The math just doesnt add
up to me or maybe im thinking of all this the wrong way i dont know?
and also the last i spoke with my attorney she said the va will send
me allt he money and i will pay the firm directly but now va is saying
that they are paying the attorney directly at 20% so what gives? and
by the way the fee agreement i had with my attorney was 33% so does
that mean i cover the remaining 13%?