Offering other people's unemployment services and upon occasion my own coaching services, is how I earn money (not enough to call it a living) to maintain and justify the existence of Unemployment-Tips.com
Since I just mentioned earning money .. here is my FTC Disclosure. Considered yourself informed .. before you fill out the request form at the bottom of this page.
In late 2009, I began offering services as an unemployment coach to claimants of benefits. I wasn't sure what else to call my attempt to help an unemployed person, identify merits within the details and connect those details to the issue of law between them and collecting benefits and a deeper understanding what those merits meant .. whether the appeal was their own, the employer's and whether the goal of the appeal was to deny, receive, or keep benefits .. after the FIRST hearing.
It seems claimants have a tough time finding unemployment lawyers who would be willing to discuss their case in detail.. let alone be paid to represent a claimant, at a tribunal unemployment hearing.
Lack of representation is in my opinion, always a problem, but mostly for claimants who either don't get how the laws can work for them, or fear the very fact they will have to face off, in person, or by phone, against that employer who just wants to stop benefits, so they won't be charged. Which.. in my experience, is why they are represented by a professional non-attorney UI hearing rep working for a cost control company.
Of course when I coordinated hearings, I knew which state rules, required me to find an attorney for even an employer. Not the least bit funny was when I learned something new .. and the list of states requiring attorneys for claimants turned out to be longer.
When 2010 rolled around, I decided to stop collecting benefits .. after my employer's appeal to the board of review was dismissed.
So, I set out to find what I think is betting than me coaching someone .. I went looking for quality hearing representatives who would take claimants as clients.
By the end of that year, I'd found a handful of professional non-attorney unemployment hearing representatives who could handle hearings in the list of states found here.
If you ask for a referral, then things proceed to a free case evaluation, which frankly, is sort of essential since I know of no other way to determine if/when a case has merits.
You'll know what what the hearing representative thinks of your chances, if you're told the amount of the flat fee for unemployment appeal representation.
No one will twist your arm to engage a professional UI hearing representative.
You may also leave feedback about your experience with a rep. Most people think it's better than than DIYing it.
Full hearing representation - ranges between $350 and $550. (This is also the price range to have a written argument for a board appeal.)
When you fill out the form below, you can choose either hearing representation, or coaching. If you choose the former, I forward the request directly to a hearing rep I work with.
Unemployment Coaching - I charge a flat fifty dollars, whether it takes me fifteen minutes, an hour, or even two, to get you up to speed on what I believe you need to understand about representing yourself at a hearing with the intent of winning, or understand why, when I don't think you will win.
I no longer offer a free initial evaluation prior to paid coaching. And I don't often take on more than one person to coach per weekday.
What I do for free before coaching anyone is consider everything you tell me about your situationwhen you fill out the form below, or email me to just inquire about coaching .. and of course, I review relevant documents, such as hearing packets, as well as any additional documentation you think should be submitted for the hearing .. before we talk.
If you're still clueless about what your eligibility issue might be, please refer to the Q&A's, so you know know which factual details I know can be so important I asked about them .. all the time.
If you choose coaching in the form below, I will contact you directly and let you know how to pay me, after we set up a time to talk by phone.
When you submit the request form you'll receive an email from me. It has the phone number for Unemployment-Tips, and Chris's personal email address used to communicate, or send attachments of documents. (Redacted of any sensitive personal info of course .. like SSNs.)