Do Ineed a lawyer for unemployment hearing to present my case better than if I do it myself?

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J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar | FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney Answered 5 years ago

I am a lawyer in CT and practice in this area of the law.  A lawyer is always helpful to have at an unemployment hearing, however, you know your case and are in just as good of a position to argue your case.  You can use whatever proof you want to prove your case.  You do not need to have a lawyer to argue your case.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar | FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney Answered 5 years ago

Having representation by experienced counsel at the hearing is a very good idea.  If you are anticipating receiving the maximum benefits allowed and expect to be unable to find gainful employment for a long period of time (e.g., six months), it may be advantageous to hire a lawyer when the amount of money being contested is significant. 

Many people do not know how to act at unemployment hearings.  Claimants are often told by unemployment personnel that a lawyer or other representative is not required and that prehearing preparation is unnecessary.  They then attend the hearing and are surprised to learn that the employer is represented by counsel who has brought witnesses to testify against their version of the facts.  Some are unprepared for the grueling cross-examination lasting several hours that they are subjected to.  Other claimants lose at the hearing because they don't understand the purpose of their testimony or what they must prove to receive benefits.

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