Many people who find themselves unemployed are rightfully concerned about how they will be able to pay for their basic necessities. After all, except for the very lucky few, most of us have to work in order to pay for our day-to-day lives. Without an income, people may be unable to meet their financial obligations and may experience difficulty purchasing necessities such as food or medicine. Fortunately, all 50 states have unemployment insurance programs1 that provide people who lose their jobs through no fault of their own with weekly benefits while they seek other employment. Because of the legal complexities associated with obtaining unemployment benefits, anyone seeking unemployment should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
Generally speaking, a person may collect unemployment benefits for 26 weeks, or half of a year. In some states, however, the period may be shorter. In times of negative economic conditions and a poor labor market, Congress may extend benefits for a longer period of time. In addition, there is a federal extended benefits program2 that applies to employees who have exhausted their state benefits. This program is available to workers when a state is experiencing high unemployment and can provide additional 13 weeks of benefits.
Unemployment benefits can provide much-needed assistance
People who suddenly find themselves without an income do not suddenly have fewer needs. If you are unemployed for a significant period of time, you may even be face foreclosure or eviction if you are unable to keep up with your housing payments. For this reason, it is important for people who have become unemployed to talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Unemployment benefits can provide several hundred dollars per week, potentially keeping you in your home and able to meet your and your family’s basic needs while you look for work.
Contact a national unemployment attorney today to schedule a consultation
Anyone who is seeking unemployment benefits can benefit from talking to an experienced attorney. A lawyer familiar with representing the rights of individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own can often help claimants obtain the maximum amount of benefits available as quickly and efficiently as possible. To schedule a consultation with unemployment attorney Kenneth P. Carp, call our office today at 636-947-3600 or send us an email through our online contact form.