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Professional Unemployment Services .. for a Claimant

Soooo, are you one of those people who question why a reasonable person think my intent to help is not genuine because, the unemployment services offered below are not free? 

If you don't think the fees are reasonable, you may just want to read between the lines for my reason why I offer referrals to claimants searching for hearing representatives, or personal coaching services to unemployed people when I don't think your case is so complex, I can't coach you on how to prepare, before you represent yourself at an unemployment hearings

My reasons are actually, quite simple minded.   But to verify, or prove this to you .. you may have to get to know me, a bit, or at least call me after you fill out the request form below to know  that unemployment insurance benefits, isn't where I get my daily dose of joy, or gratitude.

Admittedly, a certain amount of joy comes from knowing when I am able to offer additional legitimate hope to those who need to win an unemployment tribunal hearing. (In many, but not all states.)  I'm motivated to help claimants, because I'd rather not work for a living at all, than ever intentionally scam anyone into thinking they had a shot at collecting ..  just so I could earn a living.  That just sounds too much like the job that got me here in the first place.

Then there's the gratitude.  when you give it, I feel it and that's a feeling worth chasing until I'm gone .. gone for good.

Legitimate hope for benefits.  It usually comes after someone notices something they found in the free Q&As.

However, I'm a self-described hopeful .. cynic, who realizes a lot of unemployed people, if they even look for free unemployment benefit advice, search for free everything, including legal unemployment assistance.

(I would say "legal" in this sense is clearly, a misnomer, at least while an unemployment claim wends it's way up and through the quasi-legal administrative law process until at some point, even I may have to acknowledge "helping" is no longer an option for you, because your appeal has even surpassed a board of review and is headed to a real court court of law.   Which does in fact now make getting unemployment benefits a "legal matter".

It also knocks every professional UI hearing rep I find, just to refer cases to .. out of the unemployment ballpark. 

Free legal help -- financially speaking, isn't always within the grasp of an unemployed person .. because they may of earned too much last year among other reasons, like as a legal non-profit, suffering from a lack grant funding, prohibits offering free UI hearing representation at lower level unemployment hearings, and higher authority appeal arguments, usually written for a the board of review and impossibility.

And then there are the people who jump right over free info, free legal, and go straight to go to find what I might better describe as being quasi-legal unemployment unicorns, aka unemployment appeal lawyers.

Well, if you're me and know the reality behind why claimants lose winnable lower level tribunal unemployment hearings, or that the moment you lose that hearing, without any merits for a valid board appeal argument to get a new, or additional lower level tribunal hearing, you are held accountable for how you represented yourself and why you will likely receive another claim determination to repay the benefits you'd been receiving before that hearing ended.

Well, keep looking if you're DIYing it because there's plenty of nooks and crannies for you to fall into during the  unemployment process where attrition is lurking to grind you up .. and spit you out.

Sorry, if I sound like a drama queen .. because the fact is .. I'm just trying to be objective and keep my emotional baggage in check.

For years, as an employee, I felt like a cog in a huge wheel of one type of hidden attrition, while I coordinated unemployment hearings, always with the intent to make sure a claimant was denied, whether I believed that intent was correct, wrong, or just indifferent to the facts.

One important things I did every day for every employer I helped to prepare for a hearing, was hire an independent professional non-attorney, as most states, save a handful, allow non-attorney representation. Fact is, they are often much more experienced that even attorneys who work in states where the rules about representation preclude anyone, but unemployment attorneys .. if someone is paying to be represented.

Where did I learn more than I now care to know about working an unemployment appeal? I worked for an HR oriented, third party vendor that manages the varied pesky cost of employment problems, to include unemployment insurance tax rates since higher taxes impacts a business bottom line.

Attrition, isn't just something employers with high turnover say they want to avoid .. it's also used as an intentional strategy in employment, and in the unemployment process to grind people out of their benefits, even when they did lose their job through no fault of their own.

States Requiring Representation to Be a Lawyer

Unemployment Hearing Representatives

Fill out the request form for a referral to a Professional Unemployment Hearing Representative.  But please know first what the  average cost of representation is and in what the states my unemployment appeal referral program is allowed to work in. 

Unemployment Coaching  Okay .. I don't argue at hearings for a living now because I didn't do that when I managed preparing a case for appeal.  But that doesn't mean I don't get what makes for a good (valid) argument, if you're in a pinch. (Meaning those who can't afford a hearing pro's help, or those who live in one of those unemployment attorney only states)

I think I'm a bargain .. or at least that's what I've been told by some "other people" who opted to use me to understand their issue and how to prepare for an unemployment hearing.  

If you think you want my type blunt, but effective coaching .. just email me directly and ask if I think your case is suitable .. for me to help you, help yourself.

Or, you can fill out the request form below and simply give me a call to schedule a day and time, or disucss the other option of representation .. since it is a more effective way to win .. when winning is possible. 

The Cost of Unemployment Appeal Hearing Representation 

Professional hearing representation if your case is accepted by a hearing representative, will typically cost between $350 and $550.  

(This would also be the price range if you want a hearing rep to write a written brief in support of a second level appeal to a board of review.  However, be aware a written argument for this level of appeal is based on what happened on the record of the lower level appeal hearing.  

When you fill out the form at the bottom of this page, you will have the option to choose unemployment appeal representation, or coaching.  

And don't forget, Referrals to Hearing Reps Are Only Available for These States 

Unemployment Appeal Representation Referrals

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington State
  • Wyoming

When you submit the request form you are sent an automated email from me.  It includes my personal contact information, me being Chris with Unemployment Tips

What happens next will depend on whether  you requested representation, or coaching services.

Requests for hearing representation are quickly forwarded to a hearing rep qualified to represent you as long as your hearing is being held in a state included in the the list just above.  They will contact you so they can conduct the free initial consultation.  Feel free to let me know if you wait longer than 48 hours, not including weekend and holidays.

If you requested coaching I leave it up to you to call me at the number provided in the automated email sent to you.   Before anyone pays me for coaching, it is essential you first schedule the day and time for coaching.  

Either way you go ..

All my best and goo luck.

Chris -


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