You should call IDES after you receive a ruling against you or a notice of an appeal. They can help you set up a meeting with an attorney about your case. If that attorney finds you have a valid claim or defense, they can represent you at the appeal hearing. Visit the IDES Legal Services Program page for more information.
If you do not qualify for a free lawyer, you should contact a private attorney to discuss representation. You should be sure that this attorney has experience in unemployment appeals and does not charge an amount that is much higher than other attorneys. It is suggested that you contact more than one attorney. You should also make sure that you have an agreement, called a “retainer agreement,” which you and the attorney sign, that says what the attorney will do for you and how much you have to pay the attorney. Make sure that you get a copy of this agreement.
Updated: November 2017