Washington

Appeals and hearings

Legal Information

Seniors

In this section of Washington LawHelp you will find general legal information and resources about appeals and hearings on government benefit issues in Washington state.

  • Representing Yourself at a Fair Hearing

    7910EN - If you do not agree with any decision, either verbal or written, made by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), you have the right to appeal that decision by asking for a fair hearing. This publication tells you about 1) the deadline to request a fair hearing, 2) how to make the request, 3) how to prepare for your hearing, and 4) what to expect at your hearing and afterward. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Russian / Pусский
    Spanish / Español
  • Video - How to Represent Yourself at a DSHS Hearing

    This half hour video shows how anyone who disagrees with a decision by DSHS can appeal their decision through the fair hearing process and represent themselves at the hearing. Read More

    By:
    Kitsap Legal Services
  • Video - Unemployment Insurance Hearing Demonstration

    The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is an independent state agency which conducts impartial administrative hearings for other government agencies. This site has a video to help you prepare for your Unemployment Insurance hearing. Read More

    By:
    State of Washington Office of Administrative Hearings
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    Spanish / Español
  • How to Fight Your SSI or Social Security Disability Denial

    7401EN - This publication explains what you can do if the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies your application because they say you are not disabled. If you have been receiving benefits and are notified that they will stop, see our publication How to Fight a Termination of SSI or SSD. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • How to Petition for Superior Court Review

    7917EN - If you disagree with the final fair hearing decision, you may appeal your case to a state Superior Court. The appeal is called a "Petition for Judicial Review of an Administrative Decision." Your appeal can be filed in either the Superior Court of the county where you live or in Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • How to Present an Equitable Estoppel Defense at a DSHS Hearing

    7912EN - If you get an overpayment notice from DSHS saying that you owe them money or food stamps because they gave you benefits they should not have, and the overpayment was through no fault of yours, you should ask for a fair hearing, also called an administrative hearing. You have a legal defense against the overpayment. You must ask for the fair hearing within 90 days of the date of the overpayment notice. The notice may say the overpayment was unintentionally caused, rather than say it was administrative error. It will also say you have to repay it. It will not tell you that there is a legal defense against it. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • How to Fight an SSI or Social Security Disability Overpayment Notice

    7403EN - Are you being charged with an overpayment? If so, Social Security believes that you got benefits when you were not eligible to get them. Social Security must notify you in writing of the overpayment before it may take any money from your check. There are four actions you may take if you receive an overpayment notice. You may take any or all four. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • How to Fight a Termination or Reduction of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Benefits based on Non-disability Reasons

    7400EN - Social Security must notify you in writing before lowering (reducing) or stopping (terminating) your benefits. You may fight the termination by asking for reconsideration. You may continue to get the same benefits after the termination date in the notice if you request reconsideration in time. You must request reconsideration within ten days of the date on the notice to keep getting benefits. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • How do I Appeal my Denial of Unemployment Benefits to Superior Court?

    7602EN - This publication is about Superior court review of an administrative decision relating to unemployment benefits. Read More

    By:
    Unemployment Law Project
  • How to Represent Yourself at an Unemployment Benefits Hearing

    7600EN - If you have been denied unemployment compensation benefits, you have a right to appeal. If you have been allowed benefits, your former employer has the same right to appeal. If either you or your employer appeals, you will have a hearing with an administrative law judge. This publication explains how to represent yourself at the hearing. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Unemployment Law Project Web Site

    Are you having trouble collecting your unemployment benefits? Has your claim been improperly denied? Or has your employer appealed your entitlement to benefits? If so, we may be able to help. Read More

    By:
    Unemployment Law Project
  • Video - Applying and Appealing for Disability at Social Security

    Watch this video to learn about how to apply and appeal for disability at Social Security. This video covers federal laws so the information in it is true no matter what state you live in. Read More

    By:
    Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut
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    Spanish / Español