Connie Fassler Joins Law Office of Will M. Helixon as Chief Paralegal

– Yesterday, after 28 years of service, Sergeant First Class Connie Fassler retired from the United States Army where she served as a paralegal and court-reporter.  That same day, Connie Fassler joined the Law Office of Will M. Helixon and will serve as the firm’s chief paralegal and law firm administrator. It is a great day for Connie, ending a brilliant military career and immediately transitioning to a growing law firm with a robust military law practice. Continue reading “Connie Fassler Joins Law Office of Will M. Helixon as Chief Paralegal”

MEB, PEB, IDES…and the Alphabet Soup of Medical Discharges (Part 1 of 4)

A view of the Naval Medical Center San Diego aka Bob Wilson Naval Hospital in the Balboa Park in San Diego.

What is the Medical Evaluation Board Process?

Formerly, the Services and the VA Considered Disability Separately

If you are confused with the acronyms IDES, MEB, PEB, DBQs, C&P Exams, VASRD, PEBLOs, MSCs NARSUMs, SMEBCs, and VARRs, you are not alone.  So what is an MEB anyway?   Colloquially, servicemembers refer to the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) as an MEB.  That common name comes from the fact that the IDES system was formerly two different systems.  The Army/Navy/Air Force used one disability evaluation system and the Veterans Administration used a different system.  The Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) and Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) served, and continues to serve, as the military services’ evaluation system .  But now, the services and the VA work together; though sometimes they work together with the type of inter-service rivalries we know and love as servicemembers. Continue reading “MEB, PEB, IDES…and the Alphabet Soup of Medical Discharges (Part 1 of 4)”

FINRA OTR – Surviving the On the Record Interview with FINRA Regulators

Recommendations for the FINRA OTR (On the Record) Interview

On a Friday afternoon (always Friday!), you open a letter to discover an “invitation” to a local FINRA district office.  FINRA is demanding you to provide on the record testimony in an investigation. The dreaded FINRA OTR.  Take heart, there is a good chance that you are not the subject of the investigation, just a person with knowledge of the facts and circumstances. After informing your supervisor and Chief Compliance Officer, what should you do next? Continue reading “FINRA OTR – Surviving the On the Record Interview with FINRA Regulators”

Law Office of Will M. Helixon Adds Experienced Military Lawyer — Jessica Linney Will Focus on Fort Bragg

Brings experience dealing with soldier issues including Medical Evaluation Boards and Physical Evaluation Boards to the team
Experienced military lawyer Jessica Linney joins the Law Office of Will M. Helixon – will focus on Fort Bragg

The Law Office of Will M. Helixon announced today that military lawyer and former United States Army Judge Advocate Jessica Linney (Duffy) has joined the firm as “Of Counsel.” Jessica will focus on military and litigation matters as the firm’s Fort Bragg lawyer.  She will provide legal services at Fort Bragg and the surrounding military installations in North Carolina and South Carolina. Currently, the military affairs and court-martial defense section of the firm represents military clients worldwide, and civilian criminal defense clients in Kansas, Missouri and Texas Continue reading “Law Office of Will M. Helixon Adds Experienced Military Lawyer — Jessica Linney Will Focus on Fort Bragg”

Law Office of Will M. Helixon Expands Business Affairs Practice — Adds Estate Planning & Trust Administration

Addition expands Business Affairs Practice Area
Estate Planning Lawyer Mr. Terry Rees

The Law Office of Will M. Helixon announced today that they have expanded the legal services provided by the Business Affairs Section of the firm to include Estate Planning and Trust Administration.  These services include developing estate plans that efficiently transfer assets to minimize tax consequences whenever possible. Continue reading “Law Office of Will M. Helixon Expands Business Affairs Practice — Adds Estate Planning & Trust Administration”