If you've never been an interested party to an unemployment appeal hearing you may not know how important it can be to prepare for a hearing .. before it takes place, or why it can be just as important to bone up on what your rights to due process are .. before, during and after the first unemployment hearing which generally, is your last chance to explain why a claim determination was correct, or erroneous.
The advantage of being professionally represented at an unemployment appeal hearing, is basically that any ignorance you may have of unemployment laws, or using rules of procedure for hearings, is reduced, or eliminated by those who represent both claimants and employers at hearings.
As a hearing coordinator for employers who contracted hearings reps for thousands of hearings, I was only responsible for protecting rights to due process before a hearing, while the independent hearing rep, often one of those non-attorney "other representatives" did that during the hearing, in the event a board level appeal became necessary.
Of course I should explain that a referral is limited to the following states, and this page about unemployment lawyers, may help explain at least one reasons why a state may not be included in the list below.
If your state is listed above you can click here to fill out the email form to request a case referral.
But since a free case evaluation leads to a decision you may want to make about being represented, what follows is some information about the cost.
The initial consultation with an unemployment hearing representative should always be free. However, should the hearing rep tell you they are willing to represent your case on the merits, the cost generally ranges from $300 to $600, depending on the state involved, and/or the complexity of the issues affecting your appeal case.
If you cannot afford the cost of unemployment representation and whether you check the coaching option, or representation, you are free to ask the hearing rep about the cost of coaching you to represent yourself pro se.
Regardless of the results of your free initial case evaluation, know I wish you all the best.
Chris - Unemployment-Tips.com
Before you fill out the form at the bottom of this page, know I will forward the form to an independent unemployment appeal hearing rep.
I will also send an automated email to you confirming I received your request and some other information including my personal phone number should you need me to contact me personally to ask me a question, or want me to explain my referral process
Or you may also contact me first to ask, by using my general email form, or should that automated email from me end up in your spam box for some reason unknown to me.