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Elder Law and the VA: How to Handle Today's Issues

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 63 minutes
Recorded Date: April 12, 2022
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  • An overview of how the VA works (the organization of the VA)
  • Types of VA benefits available to veterans
  • Basic eligibility for VA benefits
  • Procedure for filing claims with the VA
  • How appeals or claims are filed and processed
Runtime: 1 hour, 4 minutes
Recorded: April 12, 2022

For NY - Difficulty Level: For experienced attorneys (non-transitional)


This course will provide an overview of how the VA works (the organization of the VA), types of VA benefits available to veterans, basic eligibility for VA benefits, how appeals or claims are filed and processed, filing claims with the VA, and procedure.

This program was recorded on April 12th, 2022.

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Jill M. Sauber

Managing Attorney
Sauber Legal Services, LLC

My entire professional career has focused on death, dying, and pre-planning. I started out my professional career as a licensed mortician. It is not all as macabre as you may think! I find peace in helping my clients and their family prepare for the "inevitable" (death and taxes), and make life's transitions easier.

I help clients navigate estate planning, as they focus on asset growth, to long-term care planning, where the focus shifts to asset preservation and care. After a death occurs, I help resolve contested Will or Trust issues (litigation), counsel on Medical Assistance claims, and guide families through the probate process.

I obtained my law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and earned Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Minnesota in Biology, Physiology, and Mortuary Science. My background and experience as a licensed mortician provides me with a unique perspective in both estate planning and elder law.

I enjoy a broad-based Estate and Elder Law practice, with emphasis on long-term care planning, asset protection, government benefits, estate planning, estate administration (probate), trusts, litigation, and mortuary law.

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Hon. Michael P. Allen

U.S. Court of Appeals Veterans Claims

Judge Michael Allen was nominated by the President of the United States in June 2017. He was confirmed by the United States Senate and appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in August 2017. United States District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich of the Middle District of Florida administered the judicial oath to Judge Allen on August 11, 2017.

For 16 years before his judicial appointment, Judge Allen was a tenured full professor of law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. He was also the director of Stetson's Veterans Law Institute, and he spent 4 years as the College of Law's associate dean. Judge Allen also served as a visiting professor of law at the University of Illinois College of Law. Before entering teaching, Judge Allen practiced law for 9 years in the litigation department of the Boston based international law firm Ropes & Gray

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