How I Used Arizona's Notice of Claim Statute to Collect Unpaid PUA Benefits - A.R.S. § 12-821.01

Disclaimer: My name is Christine Springer. I’m a paralegal and owner/founder of Desert Edge Legal. I am solely responsible for the content in this post. I am not an attorney and I cannot give you legal advice. There is no guarantee that the information in this post will work for your individual situation. Please consult with an attorney if you have questions about your individual situation.

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Before 2020, I had never been on unemployment before. I have been self-employed in my own business, called Desert Edge Legal Services, LLC, as a paralegal since 2007.

As anyone who has started a business can tell you, it's not for the faint of heart. I started my business so that I could chart my own course, but life has its own plans. The pandemic of 2020 definitely had other plans for all of us!

The CARES Act was passed into law on March 27, 2020 and it included an unprecedented unemployment program that gave benefits to self-employed people, gig workers and others who would not typically qualify for regular unemployment.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program is a very good program in theory. However, most states were unprepared to administer the program, and Arizona is no exception. There are many reasons why the administration of the program has been poorly managed, which I discuss on my blog.

I have been through the same thing that many people are dealing with now. I had the idea for this strategy back in July but was still working on some other angles. I called a couple of times, which was a complete waste of time. Senator Sinema's office can't help because they've been stonewalled. The DES ombudsman won't help. The Arizona AG's office didn't help when I filed a consumer complaint.

I waited ten weeks from June -August 2020 and eventually cleared a statewide fraud review, and I thought the nightmare was over. I was wrong.

Just six weeks after I got paid a huge amount for the unpaid back payments, DES suspended my payments a second time in October 2020. This time, I waited seven weeks before sending my Notice of Claim letter.

The second time, my friend Linda Dominguez (who just started her own business, The Phoenix Paralegal Group) also had her payments suspended, and she talked me into using this strategy so that we could get our payments again.

Honestly, I was pretty depressed about the situation and her timing was perfect because I was close to the edge of a financial cliff.

These suspended payments have caused a lot of damage to Arizonans and the economy in Arizona as a whole. I frankly cannot believe that I had to threaten to sue the State of Arizona for unpaid PUA benefits!

On the other hand, the strategy worked and now I have this lovely digital ebook that will hopefully help thousands of other people.

And I'm grateful that Linda convinced me to take action because I wasn't in a good place.

We both served Notices of Claim upon the state and both got paid ten days later.

I just want to be clear that there are no guarantees that this strategy will work for everyone. I am also not a lawyer and I cannot give you legal advice.

Linda and I are the only two people who I know of who have used the Notice of Claim statute for this purpose.

I've done my best to simplify this concept into an a short ebook, which includes a Notice of Claim letter template in Word to help you write your own Notice of Claim letter.

It is VERY important to do this correctly or your letter could be ignored. I explain all of this in the ebook.

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Disclaimer: My name is Christine Springer. I’m a paralegal and owner/founder of Desert Edge Legal. I am solely responsible for the content in this post. I am not an attorney and I cannot give you legal advice. There is no guarantee that the information in this post will work for your individual situation. Please consult with an attorney if you have questions about your individual situation.