Jim’s Legal Aid Story

Civil legal aid helped Jim keep the unemployment assistance he rightfully deserved

Jim works in the bathroom remodeling business. When the pandemic began, Jim knew that he could not risk his health by going into people’s homes, so he filed for unemployment insurance. His application was approved and he began receiving monthly benefits—until one day, he got a letter stating he needed to repay more than $35,000. A MetroWest Legal Services attorney represented Jim at a hearing, and the judge ruled him eligible to receive unemployment insurance. Thanks to this assistance, Jim did not have to repay the money he had received.