In Boston, Massachusetts, boards, commissions and administrative agencies at the state and federal level have the ability to grant or revoke licenses, provide benefits and make other decisions that could affect your business and your life in tangible and important ways. For example, if you have been injured or disabled, you may apply to federal or state agencies for benefits. If you are a professional, you may need to apply to administrative agencies for a license or certification to practice in the state.
If you’re granted what you seek, there’s no problem. But what happens if you are denied benefits, licenses or a decision you need for your professional life or for which you feel you are eligible?
In these cases, it’s important to consult with the Boston-based administrative agency appeal attorneys at Calabrese Law Associates. When faced with the need to appeal an administrative agency decision, there is a significant difference between having experienced legal representation through the appeals process and not being properly represented or proceeding on your own (pro se).
Even if you feel your case is clear and the facts support your position, technical legal analysis is often critical to successfully appealing an administrative agencies decision.
Why You Need an Attorney for Administrative Appeals
Technically, individual persons you can file an appeal on their own behalf so long as they follow the proper administrative agency or board appeal procedure. However, Calabrese Law Associates gives its clients the best chance of succeeding on appeal by utilizing the firm’s broad scope of litigation experience and administrative law knowledge to raise the proper issues on appeal and to articulate the clients position in a persuasive way. Other factors to consider are:
- There are strict rules and timelines in place. In many cases, you only have days or weeks to build a strong case and to appeal the administrative agency decision. There may be specific rules about the type of appeal process you must follow. For example, there may be administrative remedies you need to exhaust first and then seek an administrative hearing. Filing an appeal incorrectly or after a deadline has passed can result in automatic dismissal of the appeal. Our attorneys will keep your matter on track and ensure that your appeal is properly and timely filed.
- You may only have a few options for appeals. Administrative agencies do not allow perpetual appeals. Once the administrative appeal process is exhausted, you may only seek judicial review – essentially appealing the matter to a court of law. However, Massachusetts law only allows for a limited number of appeals. Our attorneys maximize our client appellate efforts at each stage of the process by presenting the strongest case possible in support of your position.
- The process may be complex. Trying to determine what you need for an administrative hearing, appeal or application in itself is complicated. In addition, the appeals process can be intimidating and may require you to submit paperwork to multiple areas as well as proof of eligibility. The administrative appeal attorneys at Calabrese Law Associates understand exactly what a successful appeal looks like and how to structure and organize the appeal so to present the most persuasive argument possible in support of your position.
- You may not fully understand what you need to prove in order to overturn a decision. Do you understand why your application was rejected? If you do not, it may be difficult for you to prove you deserve the benefits or decision you’re seeking. Our attorneys are experienced in administrative agency appeals and understand what administrative agencies are looking for and can help you gather the evidence and the paperwork you need.
If you’re looking for an administrative agency appeal attorney in Boston, Massachusetts, contact Calabrese Law Associates for a free consultation. Our attorneys are focused on business litigation, contracts and other areas of regulatory and transactional practice.