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I need a lawyer to defend me at an Employment Development Department

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I need a lawyer to defend me at an Employment Development Department appeal hearing. How much should I expect that to cost me?
Hello and thank you for entrusting me to answer your question. My goal is to answer your question completely and thoroughly and to provide excellent service.

Attorneys will charge hourly for this sort of work. Depending on the complexity of your hearing, it will likely take anywhere between 3 hours and 8 hours for an attorney to prepare for and conduct the hearing. Most attorneys charge an hourly rate between $200-350.

Keep in mind that, at least to a certain extent, you get what you pay for when it comes to attorneys, so "cheaper" isn't necessarily better. Also, a more experienced attorney will likely be able to identify the relevant issues quicker and be more efficient in his billing, so even if he charges more, the total number of hours worked will probably be fewer. This tends to balance things out a bit.

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I wish you the very best at your upcoming hearing and I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX you find the information I have provided helpful.

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