Plan lawyers are
often the ‘front line’ for legal plan members. In
order to provide appropriate help and ensure
client satisfaction, it is critical that these service
providers fully understand what legal services
are covered and how the legal plan operates.
Most legal plans have a contractual
arrangement with lawyers in private practice
who provide the legal services to serve their
Many plans use a broad panel of lawyers
located throughout the area where plan
members live and work to provide covered
services. Other plans use one law firm or a
small group of law firms in each state to
efficiently provide some basic benefits, such as
legal advice by telephone and other non-complex legal work. Some plans in which the
geographic concentration of plan members
(such as those working in a large industrial
plant) have set up special legal service offices,
with salaried lawyers who work exclusively for
plan members. However, if members live far
from the plant or in adjacent states, it may be
necessary to have a group of private law firms
in each area under contract to provide services
to those plan members.
Legal Shield services are available on a month-to-month basis. Members have access to a
multitude of service offerings that are tailored
specifically to their needs. For $26 a month, one
of the most popular plans the company offers
members is called the Family Plan. It provides
members with 5 main areas of coverage.
The first area of coverage is preventive legal
services. Members receive access to premier
law firms in their state for unlimited phone
consultations. Members can have wills
prepared for them as well as letters or phone
calls written or placed on their behalf by the law
The second area coverage is for motor vehicle
incidents. Members can receive representation
and consultation for moving traffic violations as
well as for incidents of manslaughter,
involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide,
and other vehicular homicide charges.
The third coverage area is trial defense.
Members receive 75 hours of their law firm’s
time for civil or criminal suit consultation and
representation. Additional hours are available at
a significant discount of the law firms’ regular
The fourth area is IRS audit coverage. Members
have access to up to 50 hours of a tax
attorney’s assistance in case they are audited
by the IRS.
The fifth area of coverage provides members
with a 25 % discount of the law firm’s regular
hourly rate for legal issues that do not fall
within the four areas of coverage.
To Your Success,