Approximately 2 months after I stopped collecting unemployment benefits and had gone back to work, I received a notice from the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) that I had to pay back 100% of the money I had received. The reason was that they deemed I was ineligible to have received benefits in the first place. The amount I had received was significant, and naturally this was devastating.
I requested, and was granted, an appeal hearing, but a date hadn’t been set yet—it took approximately 6 months. In the meantime, I started researching lawyers who specialized in DUA appeals. I contacted 4 lawyers in order to interview them, but only 1 followed through in a timely manner and showed any interest. That lawyer was Ed Howard of Bonneville & Howard law.
We had an initial meeting to go over my case and then a few discovery meetings to go over the immense paperwork for my case. Ed has a calm demeaner and considerable experience with DUA ineligibility cases which in the end proved to be invaluable.
In the end, I won my case because I proved that I had neither done anything wrong nor committed any fraud when I applied for my DUA benefits. Perhaps you think you can handle something like this on your own? If so, take into consideration that the state has almost infinite resources and logged thousands of hours conducting these hearings which makes them highly competent, qualified, and experienced. While the DUA conducted my hearing in fair, professional manner, I needed my own highly competent, qualified, and experienced counselor to represent my case. Do yourself a favor and minimize the stress of these hearings by hiring Ed Howard of Bonneville & Howard law to help you.