Brandon Legal Group,
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​Experienced legal counsel for your Family ​Law, Personal Injury, Criminal, Estate ​Planning and ​Business Law needs.

Our Promise

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Providing enthusiastic legal counsel with
confidence, integrity, and
compassion.

Vigorous client representation has been our guiding principal since our start in Brandon in 2008. Our entire mission is built around one thing, protecting our clients' interests’ legally in Tampa Bay and throughout the state of Florida. From Divorce & Family Law to Criminal Defense and from Business & Civil Litigation to Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation, our team of experienced trial attorneys are ready to protect you.

Our attorneys work diligently to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care and respect for your time and of course, your wallet. We truly believe that each client deserves the highest quality representation possible, and we provide personal attention at each stage of the legal process.


We've Got You Covered
With These VA Benefits Legal Services
Change in Disability Rating 

If you have already received a rating from the VA, we can assist you with a review of your current condition to determine if applying for an increase is warranted.
Establishing Disability 

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If you were in active service and received an honorable discharge and you have a medical condition that began or was worsened during your service, we can assist you in applying for VA Disability benefits.
Free Case Review

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We always offer a free consultation for our Veterans. This includes a comprehensive review of your service connected eligibility for benefits from the VA.

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Free Case Review 


Here at BLG we will review your VA application free of charge.  We will notify you of any errors or emissions we see. We do not collect a fee on any VA benefit case unless a notice of disagreement is filed with the VA and you receive additional benefits following the ruling.
Listen To What Our Clients Say…
Because It’s Our Clients That Matter Most

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Change in Disability ​Rating

Disability ratings are not fixed numbers. Illnesses, and injuries may become worse with age and your disability rating can increase due to this worsening. If your condition has worsened, you can file for a reconsideration of your rating and request that it be increased.

Disability ratings can provide you with monthly benefits and allow waiver of certain fees for your mortgage. Increasing a 0% rating to a 10% rating gives you the waiver of the VA funding fee on your mortgage. It is worth it to allow us to review your disability decision and determine if it is time to request an increase.

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Establishing ​Disability

Disability Compensation is the monthly monetary benefit payable for service connected disabilities. Compensation rates are not income-based or asset-based and are not subject to federal or state income tax. Disability compensation is paid to Veterans who are disabled by an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service.

The disability ratings range from 0% to 100%. The ratings are in increments of 10, such as 10%, 20% and so forth up to 100%.

With the 0% rating, the VA acknowledges that the Veteran’s disability is service connected, but nothing will be paid to the disabled Veteran because the VA has determined that the disability is not so severe that the veteran is entitled to monetary benefits. This is called a non-compensable 0% rating. 

Case Study: ​Because legal issues rarely stand their own

A client of ours, a veteran, is currently disabled with service connected PTSD.

As a result of the PTSD, he is depressed, and is inactive.

The inactivity caused our client  to become obese and develop diabetes.

Our VA Client is seeking an increase in his disability rating, alleging that his diagnosis of diabetes is caused by his PTSD.  

By filing the appropriate forms with the VA and providing the evidence to support the increase, we can assist them in getting the medical attention they have earned.
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Discover how Brandon Legal Group can put your mind at ease
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Debunking Attorney Myths
It's too expensive to call an attorney.​

​At Brandon Legal Group, your initial consultation is free.  Personal Injury cases are offered on a contingency fee basis meaning there are no out of pocket expenses unless there is a financial recovery in your favor. In other matters, if you think an attorney representing you is too expensive, imagine living without seeing your children or spending the next 10 years in prison…

Having an attorney makes you look guilty.​

You may be great at a lot of things, but when is the last time you were lead counsel in a criminal matter?  Every individual has a Constitutional right to experienced legal counsel no matter the magnitude of the matter.  In many instances, the Court may prefer working with experienced Counsel rather than a layman as all litigating parties will be held to the same legal standard and process.

Lawyers just complicate the process.​

Experienced attorney’s should foresee pitfalls in your case and reduce the chances of last-second surprises that delay or disrupt the finalization of your legal matter.   Attorneys know the process, know the nuances of varying judges courtrooms, and can provide you with the proper resources to make the best decisions in your matter.
WHO WE ARE
Full service law firm serving the greater Brandon and Tampa area.

When you place your legal matter in the hands of our experienced Brandon legal group attorneys, you are placing it in the hands of professionals with over 80 years of experience committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
Our​
Philosophy

Litigation can be laden with emotion and uncertainty, we pride ourselves on providing enthusiastic legal counsel with confidence, integrity, and compassion. Our attorneys are committed to providing you with unmatched support and attention. We will listen carefully to your concerns, answer all of your questions, and work with you to help you overcome any obstacles. We will aggressively represent your rights and best interests through each step of your case so that you receive the best possible legal outcome.
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Meet Our Attorneys

Ingrid Hooglander Brandon Attorney
Ingrid
Hooglander

In 2008 after gaining years of experience under the watchful eyes of her predecessors, Ms. Hooglander opened her own private practice that has grown into what Brandon Legal Group is today.

Her weight lifting and Kick Boxing training contribute to a reputation as a "force of nature" in both her personal life and her presence in the court room.


David Faulkner Brandon Attorney
David
Faulkner

Prior to joining Brandon Legal Group, David was an FBI Special Agent assigned to the Public Corruption Unit in Miami.  Today he uses that "other side of the fence" experience as a practicing lawyer with over two decades experience representing clients in federal and state criminal cases.

Mr. Faulkner also represents clients in various types of family law cases and has a Florida Class C Private Investigator License.


Luke Mattson Brandon Attorney
Luke​
Mattson

Mr. Mattson found his niche in family law and has focused his practice in that area since 2000. In particular, Luke often handles matters involving divorce, timesharing, parenting plans, child support, alimony, paternity, and civil domestic violence.

Mr. Mattson might look like he’s all business, but you'd be surprised to discover the incredible fun loving attitude he brings to the practice.  When outside the courtroom, Mr. Mattson can often be found watching Lightning games or riding his bike around downtown Tampa.

Donelle White Brandon Attorney
Donelle
White

Ms. White was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and has been a Brandon resident since 1993. Since graduating from Temple University, she has concentrated on Personal Injury, VA Disability, and Workers’ Compensation cases.

When she has the time, Ms. White enjoys finding her way to the golf course, and working with various organizations around the area including the Brandon Junior Women’s Club, and the American Cancer Society.

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Ingrid is a gifted attorney with significant subject matter experience in family law matters.  She has a ton of experience and is an expert in this practice area.  She is a hard worker and puts clients first.  She is able to gain exceptional results for her clients.  Without hesitation I endorse Ingrid.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Brandon Law Office Q & A

​What disability rating am I entitled to? 


This depends on the conditions you are claiming and the medical records​.

Brandon Family Lawyer FAQ 2

How long do I have to serve to be eligible for VA benefits? 



As long as you served a day and received any thing other than a dishonorable discharge you have met the first criteria of eligibility.


Brandon Family Lawyer FAQ 3

Does the disability have to have happened during my service? 


This is not a requirement.  There are numerous factors that determine if the disability is ratable and service connected.

​Brandon Legal Group

​Easy To Find And Convenient Hours

Hours

Monday          ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Tuesday          ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Wednesday    ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Thursday        ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Friday              ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Saturday         Closed 

Sunday            Closed

(Closed Daily from 12 - 1 PM for lunch)
OFFICES

Brandon Office
A full service law firm
1209 Lakeside Drive
Brandon FL, 33510

Available by appointment

Wesley Chapel Office
27524 Cashford Circle # 102
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544


Lakeland Office
122 E. Main St # 249
Lakeland, FL 33801


Tampa Office
5401 W. Kennedy Blvd #100
Tampa, FL 33609




THE BLG DIFFERENCE 

​Our skill sets allow us to provide many legal services to our clients and to resolve complex legal issues that are often intertwined. We are able to leverage our internal resources to keep cases in-house. Without the need to outsource a matter, we have the opportunity to find a more efficient resolution.

Brandon Legal Group is a full service Tampa Bay trial law firm that represents clients throughout the state of Florida. Our ultimate goal is to protect your rights and pursue the best available legal outcome. With more than 85 years of combined legal experience, BLG is well qualified to pursue the best legal outcomes for clients of varying needs.


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