With millions of people getting laid off, the number of unemployment cases continues to rise.
Applying for, and receiving unemployment benefits is usually a pretty straightforward process—although there are some factors like moving, and difficulty with a past employer that can complicate things.
Each state has its own unemployment laws. Finding your way through the process can be difficult, confusing and intimidating. When unexpected issues come up there are organizations willing to help you.
- The American Bar Association is the national association of legal professionals. Your local bar association will give you information about legal aid organizations in your community.
- The National Legal Aid and Defender Association is the largest national legal aid society. They will be able to put you in contact with someone in your community that can help you with your specific situation.
- The Legal Services Corporation is a corporation created and funded by the federal government. Their mission is to provide quality legal assistance to low income people. They give grants and assistance to 137 legal assistance programs with more than 920 offices nationwide. They can put you in contact with an organization in your area.
- Probono.net is a legal aid organization based out of New York City and San Francisco. They work closely with legal aid organizations across the country. They will be able to put you in contact with someone who can help your specific case.
- Lawhelp.org is a non-profit organization that helps moderate and low income individuals find legal aid organizations in their community.
When you find yourself in a tough situation, and you can’t get in contact with your local unemployment office, your first step should be to look in your phone book for a legal aid organization. They are also called legal assistance or legal help organizations.
These groups are made of attorneys and other legal professionals who donate their time and resources to provide free or very low cost legal assistance to people with low incomes. There are many of them all over the country.