Pittsburgh Unemployment Attorneys
Have you received a Notice of Determination deeming you ineligible or has your employer appealed? If so, you will be headed to court where you have the right to a local Pittsburgh unemployment attorney. Like any other court, you are allowed to represent yourself “pro se.” But should you?
Well, probably no. But it’s fair for you to understand why you need help.
A Pittsburgh Unemployment Attorney’s Top 10
- Statutory Law – Whether or not you receive benefits directly relates to the black letter law on the books. Is your standard of law “willful misconduct” or “necessitous and compelling?” Do you know the elements of each?
- Case Law – Tracking closely to statutory law, even if you do know all the elements of your standard of law that is only one part. Another very important part is how these elements are interpreted in Pennsylvania courts. It’s very common that the black and white law is extremely different from how it has been interpreted. Are you confident you know the right interpretation (we even have to look it up from time to time)?
- Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence – A Pittsburgh unemployment attorney is probably most noticeably helpful when it comes to evidence. Consider that everything your HR rep says probably needs to be tossed out as inadmissible. Any witness statements need to go as well.
- Making Objections – But how can you get those witness statements excluded? You need to make the proper objection. But, when you make the objection you have to state why it is inadmissible and the opposing attorney is afforded a chance to respond.
- Defending Objections – Just like you can make objections, the opposing attorney can object to what you are saying. Do you have any idea if what you are saying is actually admissible? It wouldn’t be the first time a person lost unemployment benefits due to a misunderstanding of objections.
- Cross Examination – Pittsburgh unemployment attorneys love the cross examination. This is where, even when an employer has a strong case, we can dissect it piece by piece. Do you even know where to start?
- Direct Examination – How do you conduct a good direct examination on yourself? You don’t. That’s why lawyers get lawyers when they are the witness.
- Opening Statements – This is the best place to set the tone of the case, what do you start with?
- Closing Statements – This is the best place to put a point on your argument and case. Do you know what is most important, legally speaking?
- Subpoenas – Do you have any idea whether a subpoena makes any sense in your case?
KM&A’s Pittsburgh unemployment attorneys specialize in all types of unemployment matters, the most common being an unemployment appeal hearing.
Don’t be an unsavvy Claimant who appears pro se. Unrepresented parties lose all the time. Call a Pittsburgh unemployment attorney at (412) 626-5626 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Pittsburgh Unemployment Attorney’s Helpful Links:
Haven’t appealed yet? Visit the website of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to find out more and to file an initial claim form. Many people need the help of an unemployment attorney for the appeal as well. Call KM&A today at (412) 626-5626 or email us at email@example.com