If you read this blog post, then you should know that failing to show up at your unemployment benefits appeal hearing is a bad idea. In at least three cases decided on April 1st alone (1, 2, 3) administrative law judges decided to deny unemployment benefits simply because the people who were asking for benefits hadn’t participated in their hearing. Meaning that for some reason, they hadn’t answered the phone when the judge called them for their hearing that day, or didn’t supply their number for the judge to call in the first place when they received their notice of hearing.
This happens often and it shouldn’t happen at all. Maybe the people who do this are forgetful, maybe they’ve given up, or maybe they just want to avoid any sense of responsibility. Maybe they feel ashamed asking for unemployment benefits to begin with, and they just change their minds. But getting unemployment benefits isn’t shameful; Iowa doesn’t give out unemployment benefits to lazy people. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of having to learn all the rules and adhere to them or risk losing benefits, you should seriously consider hiring a lawyer.
So why don’t more people hire lawyers for the unemployment benefits appeals process? Maybe it’s just a matter of money. They think a lawyer will charge them an exorbitant amount, and decide they can do just as well on their own. And maybe some people can. But it looks like a lot of them just give up or get lazy, and end up losing their benefits in the process. Many simply don't ask a lawyer, "What will it cost me to hire you in my Iowa unemployment benefits case?"
If you’re dealing with a pesky unemployment benefits case, the Lombardi Law Firm wants to help you. You hire us, and we’ll represent you in your unemployment benefits claim. If you end up losing, you don’t pay. If you win, we’ll charge you a fee equal to, say, several weeks’ worth of benefits. It’s a win-win—losing a couple weeks’ benefits is better than losing all of them. Recent clients were charged $500 and $1,000. It never hurts to ask. 515-222-1110.