My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: Texas
I have a case of overpayment to settle but unfortunately I appealed after the deadline. I was surprised when I got the appeal packet and at that point I was very happy because I thought the appeal was moving forward. After over a week of sleepless nights, body aches, nerve wrecking anticipation and planning I finally had the telephone interview. To my surprise all the planning I did was a waste of time and total self-torture. The interview turned confusing when the officer started asking me about the date I had receive the notification letter and he began lableling pages as exhibit and cases. He keept asking me MORE about the date I had received this letter and that letter. My head was still spinning around, mostly because I did not know the aswers to his questions. I remmeber saying at the begining "I don't know, I'm not sure" to "I suppose it could have been" to "yes" (I was horrible) Then the final questions was: Why did you appleal late? then I realize that the interview was not for the overpayment issue but to determine if the appeal would continue. Well, I had not prepared for this AT ALL and all I could bring myself to say was "the letter was given to me late, my mother doesn't speak english and the letter was left in a pile among her own" and that was it. He told me that he did not have the power to proceed with a late appeal and told me that I could appeal his descition. It seems I am screwed. Is there anything I can do to win this? it seems like the odds are stacked against me. Should I get a lawyer since it was obvious that I do not deal well with the suprise factor. It is important for me to get this appeal for I have an overpayment of $12,000. CONSTRUCTIVE criticism ONLY please. Thank you.