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To enroll in The USG Legal Plan, please contact your HR administrator. 

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Enrollment Questions:

To learn more about The USG Legal Plan and the legal benefits you will get,

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Welcome

Benefits Proudly Offered to USG Employees 

 

 

Be fully prepared and confident

 with LegalEASE

Learn about legal benefits, a smart option for your protection.

 

LegalEASE can help ease the two biggest stresses -finding and paying for an attorney.

Nobody likes to be caught off guard, especially when it comes to legal matters. Life can be complicated. Finding a good attorney doesn’t have to be. With a LegalEASE insurance plan, it’s easy to choose the best attorney, because you get assistance from highly trained and qualified personal specialists who review the details of local attorneys and help you find your best source for legal advice. Being a LegalEASE insurance plan member saves you time and costly legal fees. But most importantly, it gives you confidence and provides coverage for common legal matters.

With a LegalEASE plan, you get:

  • An attorney with expertise specific to your legal matter
  • Access to a national network of attorneys with exceptional experience that are matched to meet your needs
  • Coverage for in and out-of-network
  • Concierge help finding a better attorney and navigating common individual or family legal issues
  • Hours of financial counseling and coaching

We all make some sort of plan in life. But have you ever considered the possibility of a legal problem?

You've graduated from college and are planning for your future - where to get hired, which company will put you on the path to success. Whether to be single or date or settle down, and with the right person. Legal problems can be unexpected and interrupt your plans. LegalEASE provides coverage for your specific legal matter so you won't be caught off guard.

Protect your family’s future, with LegalEASE.

You work hard to make the right choices for your loved ones, especially when it comes to legal and financial matters. Get the peace of mind you want and the protection you need with a LegalEASE insurance plan. LegalEASE offers valuable insurance to shield your family and savings from unexpected legal issues.                              

According to the American Bar Association, more than 70 percent of U.S. households will have the need for a lawyer in the next 12 months. And the same study found most consumers feel uncertain about how to tell a good lawyer from a bad one. With LegalEASE you have access to a national network of credentialed attorneys and the help you need to find the best attorney for your legal matter with its concierge service.

Coverage

The Value of a LegalEASE Plan.

Being a LegalEASE member saves you time and costly legal fees. But most importantly, it gives you confidence and provides coverage for:
  • Home and Residential
  • Financial and Money Matters
  • Consumer
  • Auto and Driving
  • Family and Personal 
  • Civil Lawsuits
  • Estate planning and wills

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Benefits are designed to meet the typical needs of an employee and their family. There are no deductibles to worry about for covered services. Benefits cover the attorney’s time. Other costs such as filing fees or court costs are not covered. Listed below are the types of matters that are covered by the LegalEASE Plan.  This plan offers the convenience of in-network and out-of-network benefits. Many of the below areas are fully covered in-network.

Plan Cost

The LegalEASE Plan is $16.96 monthly, via payroll deduction.

Who's Covered?

The Member’s spouse and Member’s unmarried dependent children, including stepchildren, legally adopted children, children placed in the home for adoption and foster children, up to the end of the month of the child’s 26th birthday, who are primarily dependent upon the Member for support.

 

Schedule of Benefits

Advice and Consultation

 LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

LegalEASE Helpline

Covered

Not Applicable

Initial Law Office Consultation (One hour per calendar quarter)

Covered

Not Applicable

Review of Simple Documents -  up to 6 Pages

Covered

Not Applicable

Miscellaneous Law Office Services

 LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Legal Services for any non-excluded legal matter

25% discount on Participating Attorney’s hourly rates
Not Applicable

Consumer Matters

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Document Preparation:

  • Simple Deed
  • Promissory Note
  • Consumer Dispute Correspondence
  • Installment Sales Agreement
  • Simple Affidavit
  • General Power of Attorney:
    • Covered Family Member
  • Lease Agreement - Tenant only
  • Time Share Agreement

Covered

 

  • $75
  • $60
  • $60
  • $60
  • $60
  • $60/Document
  • $60/Covered Faimily Document
  • $75
  • $60

Consumer Dispute

Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*

$665

Small Claims Court Reprsentation

Covered  up to 2 hours

$115

Mail Order or Internet Purchase Dispute

Covered  up to 5 hours

$335 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Bank Fee Dispute

Covered  up to 5 hours

$335 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

First-Time Vehicle Buyer

Covered  up to 5 hours

$335 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Vehicle repair and Lemon Law Litigation

Covered up to 5 hours

$335 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Cell Phone Contract Dispute:

  • Contract Review up to 6 Pages
  • Representation
Covered up to 5 hours
  • $335
  • $335

Warranty Dispute:

  • Warranty Review up to 6 Pages
  • Representation
Covered  up to 5 hours
  • $335
  • $335

Healthcare Coverage Disputes and Records:

  • Office Consultation up to 5 Hours
Covered 

$335

Healthcare Coverage Disputes and Records:

  • Review of Healthcare Policy
  • Review/Preparation of Documents up to 6 Pages
Covered  up to 5 hours $335

Identity Theft Defense

Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*

$950 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

 Estate Planning

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Simple Will or Codicil for:

  • Member
  • Spouse
  • Covered Family Member

Covered

$90

Complex Will

25% discount

Not Applicable

Living Will and/or Health Care Power of Attorney

Covered 

$60

Living Trust Document

Covered $345

Probate of Small Estate

Covered up to 2 Hours with remainder at 25% discount

$115

Home and Residential Matters

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Purchase of Primary Residence

Covered

$550

Sale of Primary Residence

Covered

$405

Refinancing of Primary Residence

Covered

$430

Vacation or Investment Home: Purchase/Sale/Refinancing

Covered

$475

Tenant Dispute

Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*

$1,900 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Tenant Security Deposit Dispute

Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*
$950 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Landlord Dispute with Tenant:

  • Pre-Litigation Activities
  • Trial Representation
Covered up to 10 Hours with remainder at 25% discount  $665

Security Deposit Dispute with Tenant

Covered up to 10 Hours with remainder at 25% discount

$665

Construction Defect Dispute

Covered  subject to Managed Case Rules*

$475

Neighbor Dispute

Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*
$855 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Noise Reduction Dispute

Covered  subject to Managed Case Rules*
$855 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Financial Matters

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Debt Collection Defense: Pre-Litigation Defense

Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*

$475

Debt Collection Defense: Trial Defense

Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*

$950

Bankruptcy (Chapter 7 or 13)

Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*
$1,045 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Foreclosure

Covered  subject to Managed Case Rules*

$760

Tax Audit

Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*

$1,900 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Student Loan Refinancing/Collection Defense

Covered up to 7 hours with remainder at 25% discount $470 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Family

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Separation, Divorce, Civil Annulment:

  • Uncontested Separation
  • Consent/Default Divorce
  • Uncontested Divorce
Covered  up to 10 hours $665

Contested Divorce

Covered up to 28.5 hours subject to Managed Case Rules*
$1900 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Name Change

Covered

$285

Prenuptial Agreement Covered $760
Guardianship/Conservatorship

Uncontested: Covered 

Contested: Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*

$365

$855

Governmental Agency Adoptions Uncontested: Covered 

Contested: Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*

$365

$855

Stepparent Adoptions Uncontested: Covered 

Contested: Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*

$365

$855

Juvenile Court Proceedings Covered subject to Managed Case Rules* $525

Civil

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Civil Litigation Defense Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*
$1,900 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Incompetency Defense

Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*

$1,900 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Criminal Defense

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Traffic Ticket

Covered $240

Serious Traffic Matters (Resulting in Suspension or Revocation of License)

Covered 

$475

Administrative Proceeding (Resulting in Suspension or Revocation of License)

Covered

$285

Misdemeanor Defense

Covered subject to Managed Case Rules*

$1,900 maximum subject to Managed Case Rules*

Additional Benefits

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Financial Advisor

Included

Not Applicable

Elder Law

Included

Not Applicable

Mediation

Included

Not Applicable

Identity Theft Assistance Included Not Applicable

Limitations may apply.

* Managed Case Rules require the following:
1. Member and/or Covered Family Member must secure a confirmation letter from the Member Service Center prior to
proceeding with an attorney.
2. The attorney must provide a written estimate of fees reflecting his or her best judgment as to the likely conduct of the
case.
3. We will set a maximum attorney fee that takes into account the reasonable level of reimbursement of the proceeding and
the proposed litigation strategy. Fees as a result of services in excess of the maximum attorney fee are the
responsibility of the Member and/or Covered Family Member.
 

Exclusions

This Policy excludes benefits for the following:

Appellate court proceedings, class actions, interventions, derivative action and amicus curiae filings.

The preparation and filing of individual, partnership or estate tax returns, appellate or administrative proceedings related to tax returns, litigation before the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Claims or any other federal, state or other courts with respect to tax matters.

Matters relating to securities, trademark or patent matters; business or commercial interests, including, but not limited to, professional, partnership and/or corporate matters; matters involving the law or laws of jurisdictions other than the United States and its territories and Canada except as specifically described under Covered Services; any matters involving a government (domestic or foreign) entity or agency except as specifically described under Covered Services; farm related issues; matters involving commercial or rental property transactions, including the purchase, sale or lease of investment or income-producing property. A two-family house, whether or not used by the Member as his or her primary residence, is deemed an investment or income-producing property.

Legal services that are fully paid for or provided at no cost by any governmental agency, organization or insurance company.

Matters that the attorney deems frivolous, spurious, harassing, or unethical (collectively referred to as “frivolous”) or otherwise prohibited by the Model Rules of Professional Conduct of the state in which the attorney is licensed.  

Costs associated with covered legal services, including but not limited to, all fines, court costs, penalties, sanctions, expert witness fees, bonds, bail bonds, attorney fees, exhibits, deposition costs, filing fees, transcripts, postage, telephone, photocopying, recording fees, messengers, judgments, jury fees, court reporter fees, investigative costs and all other incidental and out-of-pocket legal and litigation costs.

Any services on behalf of a Covered Family Member against the interests of the Member.

Any employment-related matter. This includes, but is not limited to, any dispute involving the Member’s employer or its affiliates, their officers or directors, the Member’s employee benefit plans, credit unions, programs or arrangements sponsored by an employer, or cases involving workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, sex harassment, age discrimination, etc.  

Any dispute or proceeding against the following persons or entities, their officers, directors, employees, or agents: any person or entity involved in the sale, marketing, administration or other processes related to this Policy; Legal Plan Administrator or its subsidiaries; Claims Administrator or its subsidiaries; Policyholder; Member’s employer; Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and it’s parents, subsidiaries or any affiliated or successor company, plan underwriter or reinsurer; Plan Sponsor; or any Participating and/or Non-Participating Attorney, if the dispute or proceeding pertains to services provided under the Policy.

The Policy will not provide benefits in connection with pre-existing matters, which includes any matter where the Member and/or Covered Family Member is on notice as to a pending legal dispute or has previously contacted an attorney.

Where there are specific hours or dollar amounts provide in this Policy, or where a maximum is set under the Managed Case Rules, the Member will be responsible for all attorney fees incurred over the maximum. Additional exclusions related to each benefit are included in the Covered Services.

Definitions

Definitions

“CLAIMS ADMINISTRATOR” - means Co-ordinated Benefit Plans, LLC; or its subsidiary.

“COMPLEX WILL” - means the Member has a significant net worth and will benefit from tax planning, or the estate is subject to current state or federal estate taxation; or the Member owns a business that will continue in operation after death; or the Member wants to put restrictions on what heirs may do with the property; or the Member wants to leave money to someone in a trust because the person cannot manage his or her own affairs (such as a mentally handicapped child), or wants the property to be managed by a trustee for a period of time past the child’s age of majority, to age 25 or 30, for example; or the Member thinks that someone will challenge the will; or the Member wants to exclude any lawful dependents.
 
“CONTESTED DIVORCE” - refers to a divorce proceeding that requires more than 5 hours of attorney time, involves disputed issues and both parties are represented by an attorney.
 
“COVERED FAMILY MEMBER” –refers to the definition shown on the Policyholder Application attached to the group policy.
 
“COVERED SPOUSE” - means the Member’s lawful spouse at the time the group policy is in effect.
 
“EFFECTIVE DATE” - means the date a Member’s coverage hereunder begins
 
“HEALTHCARE COVERAGE” – means any policy for healthcare that a Member and/or Covered Family Member has in effect over which some type of coverage, benefits, or privacy dispute arising while that policy is in effect as defined by the terms of that policy. Nothing in this group policy / Certificate of Coverage will pay or create any obligation to pay any healthcare benefits to any person for any reason, and any coverage related to this definition in this group policy / Certificate of Coverage must be related to a Member’s and/or Covered Family Member’s dispute under a healthcare coverage policy.
 
“INTERNET PURCHASE” - A purchase of goods or services whose purchase value is over $200.00 at the time of purchase by a Member and/or Covered Family Member from a website on the worldwide web.
 
“LEGAL PLAN ADMINISTRATOR” – LegalEASE, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, and/or agents, including third party organizations and their affiliates, officers, directors, employees, and/or agents, hired by LegalEASE to perform services under this group policy / Certificate of Coverage.
 
“MEMBER” - refers to the individual who is associated with the Policyholder and who has paid or a premium has been paid on his/her behalf and who meets the eligibility requirements for Covered Services as defined by the Policyholder.
 
“MEMBER SERVICE CENTER” - means the service location established to help make full use of the certificate benefits.
 
“NON-PARTICIPATING ATTORNEY” - means an attorney not retained by Legal Plan Administrator who is selected and paid by the Member to provide services covered under the Certificate of Coverage up to the maximum amount as shown in the Schedule of Benefits.
 
“PAID IN FULL” - means complete payment to a Participating Attorney for covered legal services.
 
“PARTICIPATING ATTORNEY” - means an attorney retained by the Legal Plan Administrator to provide covered legal services at the amount shown in the Schedule of Benefits.
 
“POLICYHOLDER” - means the organization named in the declarations page.
 
“WE”, “US”, “OUR” AND “COMPANY” - means the name of the underwriter indicated on the first page of this Certificate of Coverage.
 

Covered Services

In consideration of payment and receipt by Us of the applicable premium, all Covered Services are available to a Member and all Covered Family Members. Except as noted below, the following Covered Services are provided to the Member when the Member uses a Participating Attorney. The Schedule of Benefits chart shows the reimbursement schedule when the Member uses a Non-Participating Attorney.

Consumer Matters
Document Preparation:
Preparation of any of the following documents: simple deed (excluding those reviewed or prepared under the real estate benefit), promissory note, consumer dispute correspondence, installment sales agreement, general power of attorney, lease agreement (tenant only), time share agreement, and simple affidavit.
This benefit is limited to one use per year per document, except general power of attorney, which is limited to one use per year per Covered Family Member.
Consumer Dispute:
Consultation or representation in a dispute relating to consumer goods and services (not involving real estate construction, landlord/tenant disputes or renovation).
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Small Claims Court Representation:
Consultation and/or representation for a consumer dispute filed in small claims court. (Attorney may not be permitted to attend court hearings in some jurisdictions).
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Mail Order or Internet Purchase Dispute:
The services of an attorney to review the nature of any mail order or Internet Purchase dispute involving the purchaser prior to the commencement of litigation. This service includes the review or preparation of dispute letters, any purchase documents and/or consultation with the attorney. If litigation is commenced in this matter, the benefit will cover up to the maximum shown on the Schedule of Benefits.
This benefit is limited to one purchase per year.
Bank Fee Dispute:
The services of an attorney to review the nature of any (non-business related) bank fee dispute between the Member and their bank prior to the commencement of litigation. This service includes the review or preparation of dispute letters, any purchase documents and/or consultation with the attorney. If litigation is commenced in this matter, the benefit will cover up to the maximum shown on the Schedule of Benefits.
This benefit is limited to one dispute per year.
First-time Vehicle Buyer:
The services of an attorney for the purchase of a Member’s and/or Covered Family Member’s first vehicle. This service includes the review or preparation of purchase and finance documents and/or consultation by the attorney at or before closing.
This benefit is limited to one vehicle purchase per year and must be the first vehicle purchase of either the Member or Covered Family Member.
Vehicle Repair and Lemon Law Litigation:
Services related to the representation of a Member and/or Covered Family Member who is entitled under the applicable state “lemon” law to bring a civil lawsuit (non-business related), up to and including the trial thereof related to a defective car as defined in the applicable state law. This benefit does not include: (1) any lawsuit related to finances or defects that do not specifically fall under the definitions permitted in the applicable state lemon law; (2) lawsuits normally handled on a contingent fee basis; (3) any collection or related defense or action; or (4) matters for which the Member has or is required by law to have insurance.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Cell Phone Contract Dispute:
Review of the cell phone contract where the Participating Attorney will verbally explain the meaning or impact of any form or document, or make suggestions for changes to a form or document being drafted of up to maximum number of pages shown on the Schedule of Benefits. This benefit does not include a written analysis of any form or document. In the event of a dispute over the terms of the agreement between the cell phone company and the Member or any Covered Family Member, this benefit provides representation in a dispute relating to the cell phone contract if the Member/Covered Family Member is sued or named in a small claims court action. This service covers counseling on prosecuting a small claims court action; helping the Member/Covered Family Member prepare documents; advising on evidence, documentation and witnesses; and preparing the Member/Covered Family Member for trial. The service does not include the Participating Attorney’s attendance or representation at a small claims trial, collection activities after a judgment or any services relating to post-judgment actions.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Warranty Dispute:
Review of the warranty policy or service contract where the Participating Attorney will verbally explain the meaning or impact of any form or document, or make suggestions for changes to a form or document being drafted up to the maximum number of pages shown on the Schedule of Benefits. This benefit does not include a written analysis of any form or document.
In the event of a dispute over the terms of the agreement between the warranty company and the Member or Covered Family Member, this benefit provides representation in a dispute relating to the warranty or service contract if the Member or Covered Family Member is sued or named in a small claims court action. This service covers counseling on prosecuting a small claims court action; helping the Member/Covered Family Member prepare documents; advising on evidence, documentation and witnesses; and preparing the Member/Covered Family Member for trial. The service does not include the Participating Attorney’s attendance or representation at a small claims trial, collection activities after a judgment or any services relating to post-judgment actions.
This benefit is limited to one uses per year.
Healthcare Coverage Disputes and Records:
Up to the maximum as shown in the Schedule of Benefits for office consultations with a Participating Attorney on any Healthcare Coverage dispute, civil or criminal, even where a Member has Healthcare Coverage under another policy outside this Policy. For a definition of Healthcare Coverage, please see definitions in this policy.
This benefit is designed to help Members and/or Covered Family Members understand new healthcare law provisions and coverages based on the federal and/or state version of this law AAPACA, and to prepare a bona fide defense to any denials in coverage valued at more than $1,000.00 in covered medical services under the policy in dispute. This benefit is not intended to provide representation in litigation and does not include collection defense or other actions related to medical bills or payments.
This benefit also includes the review of simple healthcare policy coverage documents and the Participating Attorney will verbally explain the meaning or impact of any policy or related document, or make suggestions for dispute letters or documents being drafted of up to the maximum number of pages as shown in the Schedule of Benefits. This benefit does not include a written analysis of any form or document but does include the preparation of any of the following documents up to the maximum number of pages shown on the Schedule of Benefits: policyholder dispute correspondence, and simple affidavit. Partial documents cannot be reviewed or prepared and if the document other than the actual Healthcare Coverage policy is more than the maximum number of pages shown in the Schedule of Benefits the benefit does not apply.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Identity Theft Defense:
Services related to the representation of a Member and/or Covered Family Member regarding potential creditor action resulting from identity theft, and attorney services as needed to contact creditors, credit bureaus and financial institutions. It also provides defense services for specific creditor actions over disputed accounts.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
 
Estate Planning
Will or Codicil Preparation:
Preparation of one simple will or codicil (an amendment to an existing will) for the Member and/or Covered Family Member, including the preparation of a simple testamentary support trust for the dependent children:
Simple Will Preparation: Participating Attorney shall prepare a simple will or codicil for Member and/or Covered Family Member and discuss the legal requirements for signing the will.
This benefit is limited to one use per year per Member/Covered Family Member.
Complex Will Preparation: Participating Attorney shall prepare a complex will or codicil for Member or Covered Family Member at a discounted fee paid directly to the attorney as shown in the Schedule of Benefits.
Living Will and/or Health Care Power of Attorney:
Preparation of living will and/or health care power of attorney for Member and/or Covered Family Member as authorized by state law. A living will expresses an individual’s wishes as to the use or withdrawal of life support systems. A health care power of attorney appoints another to make medical decisions if the individual is unable to do so him/her self.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Living Trust Document:
Preparation of living trust documents. This benefit does not include services related to transactions to fund the trust or transfer assets into it. This benefit does not include tax planning or tax advice related to the trust or the Member’s situation before and after the trust is prepared.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Probate of Small Estate:
The service of an attorney for the probate of a small estate (an estate that is not subject to current state or federal estate taxation) up to the maximum as shown in Schedule of Benefits.
 
Residential Matters
Real Estate Sale, Purchase or Refinancing of Primary Residence:
The services of an attorney for the purchase, sale, or refinancing of a Member’s primary residence (where Member has resided or intends to reside for twenty-seven (27) weeks or more per year). This service includes the review or preparation of closing documents and/or attendance by the Member’s attorney at closing in situations when it is customary to do so. This benefit does not include services performed by or for a title company, or for an attorney acting on behalf of a lending institution. Home equity loans and the sale or purchase of unimproved or rental properties are not included.
This benefit is limited to one closing per year.
Vacation or Investment Home Purchase, Sale or Refinancing:
The services of an attorney for the purchase, sale, or refinancing of a Member’s vacation or investment residence (where Member has not resided or does not intend to reside for twenty-seven (27) weeks or more per year). This service includes the review or preparation of closing documents and/or attendance by the attorney at closing in situations when it is customary to do so. This benefit does not include services performed by or for a title company, or for an attorney acting on behalf of a lending institution. Home equity loans and the sale or purchase of unimproved properties are not included.
This benefit is limited to one closing per year.
Tenant Dispute:
Representation of the Member and/or Covered Family Member as a tenant in a dispute with his/her landlord.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Tenant Security Deposit Dispute:
The services of an attorney to assist the Member as a tenant in recovering a security deposit from the Member’s residential landlord for the Member’s primary residence; reviewing the lease and other relevant documents; and preparing a demand letter to the landlord for the return of the deposit. This benefit covers preparation for prosecuting a small claims action; helping prepare documents; advising on evidence, documentation and witness; and preparing the Member for the small claims trial. The service does not include the Participating Attorney’s attendance or representation at the small claims trial, collection activities after a judgment or any services relating to post-judgment actions.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Landlord Dispute with Tenant:
This benefit covers the Member where he/she is a landlord, but where the regular business or livelihood of the Member is that other than a landlord, for matters involving evictions, leases, or disputes with a residential tenant. The service includes advice and representation if a lawsuit is filed up to the maximum shown on the Schedule of Benefits. It does not include representation for a tenant in disputes with other tenants. If a lawsuit must be brought by the landlord, representation will be provided up to the maximum shown in the Schedule of Benefits and the Member will be responsible for paying all fees for any additional services required.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Security Deposit Dispute with Tenant:
This benefit covers the Member where he/she is a landlord, but where the regular business or livelihood of the Member is that other than a landlord, in defending against the recovery of a security deposit from the Member’s residential tenant for any residence owned and leased by the Member; reviewing the lease and other relevant documents; and preparing a letter to the tenant specifying what part of the deposit, if any, will not be returned. It also covers assisting the Member in defending a small claims action; helping prepare documents; advising on evidence, documentation and witness; and preparing the Member for the small claims trial. The service does not include the Participating Attorney’s attendance or representation at the small claims trial, collection activities after a judgment or any services relating to post-judgment actions.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Construction Defect Dispute:
The services of an attorney in a dispute relating to the Member’s new home purchased within the past five (5) years up to the maximum shown in the Schedule of Benefits. This benefit includes preparation and assistance for a dispute related to any defect or damage caused by the construction or related to the construction.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Neighbor Dispute: The services of an attorney in a dispute relating to a Member’s neighbor up to the maximum shown in the Schedule of Benefits. Advice and/or preparation and assistance for a dispute filed in court is also covered, although representation
in small claims court is not covered.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Noise Reduction Dispute:
The services of an attorney in a dispute relating to a Member’s enjoyment of his/her home, where any activity related to noise affecting the Member’s enjoyment of their home is prohibited by federal, state or local law, up to the maximum shown in the Schedule of Benefits. Advice and/or preparation and assistance for a dispute filed in court is also covered, although representation in small claims court is not covered.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
 
Financial Matters
Debt Collection Defense:
The defense of any dispute involving personal (non-business related) debt. This benefit includes correspondence, negotiating with creditors to arrange a repayment schedule, assistance in limiting harassment by bill collectors, and negotiating settlement after a complaint is filed. This service does not include defense against execution of a courtordered judgment or efforts to vacate or set aside a judgment.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Bankruptcy:
Representation on behalf of the Member and/or Covered Family Member for personal (non-business related) bankruptcy protection under Chapter 7 or 13 of the Internal Revenue Code.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Foreclosure:
Defense of the Member in an action to foreclose on the Member’s primary residence (where Member has resided or intends to reside twenty-seven (27) weeks or more per year.)
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Tax Audit:
Includes the services of an attorney (but not accounting services) during a personal (non-business related) tax audit process required by federal and state tax authorities and negotiations relating to it. This benefit does not include a defense against criminal charges nor the defense of civil tax litigation in any tax court.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Student Loan Refinancing/Collection Defense:
The services of an attorney up to the maximum shown in the Schedule of Benefits for a student loan refinancing or collection dispute proceeding. This service covers the Member and/or Covered Family Member when there is an issue regarding a student loan in the name of the Member and/or Covered Family Member. This benefit includes negotiation with creditors for a repayment schedule and to limit creditor harassment, and representation in defense of any action for personal debt collection, tax agency debt collection, foreclosure, repossession or garnishment, all related to one or more school loans in the name of the Member and/or Covered Family Member up to and including trial if necessary. It does not include vacating a judgment; counter, cross or third party claims; bankruptcy, any action arising out of family law matters including support and post decree issues; or any matter where the creditor is affiliated with the sponsor or employer.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
 
Family Matters
Separation, Divorce, Civil Annulment:
Legal representation of the Member only for up to the maximum shown on the Schedule of Benefits in an uncontested separation, divorce, civil annulment, consent or default divorce. An uncontested separation, divorce or civil annulment does not involve significant disputed issues and the parties resolve any issues prior to any court supervised proceeding. A consent or default divorce does not involve any disputed issues and the opposing party is not represented by counsel. The benefit for uncontested matters does not provide any coverage of an attorney’s fee for: (1) services in excess of the maximum shown on the Schedule of Benefits; the Member must pay the attorney’s fee for services in excess of the maximum; or, (2) contested matters in which case the Member must pay the attorney’s fee for services, unless this Policy provides coverage of contested matters and the benefit shall be in accordance with the Schedule of Benefits. A contested separation, divorce or civil annulment requires more than five hours of attorney time, involves disputed issues and both parties are represented by an attorney.
This benefit is limited to one uses per year (representation seeking or defending against interim or subsequent-todecree order shall constitute a separate use) and applies to the Member and Covered Family Members only for actions not involving the Member as an opposing party.
Prenuptial Agreement:
This service covers the preparation of an agreement by a Member and his or her fiancé/partner prior to their marriage or legal union (where allowed by law), outlining how property is to be divided in the event of separation, divorce or death of a spouse. Representation is provided only to the Member. The fiancé/partner must have separate counsel or must waive representation.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Name Change:
Services required to accomplish a legal name change for a Member and/or Covered Family Member.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Guardianship/Conservatorship:
Services required to establish a Member and/or Covered Family Member as the guardian(s) or conservator(s) of another. This benefit does not include fees for a court –appointed attorney for the child/conservatee.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Government Agency/Stepparent Adoption:
Legal representation for a Member and/or Covered Family Member of up to the maximum shown in the Schedule of Benefits in a governmental agency or stepparent adoption. An uncontested adoption does not involve significant disputed issues. This benefit does not include: (1) contested termination of parental rights; (2) fees for a courtappointed attorney for the child; or (3) adoptions(s) made through any agency other than a governmental agency. A contested adoption requires more than five hours of attorney time and involves disputed issues.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Juvenile Court Matters:
Services related to the representation of the dependent child of a Member and/or Covered Family Member in any juvenile court proceeding, provided the child’s interest is not in conflict with the Member’s and/or Covered Family Member’s interest. This benefit does not cover any matter that falls outside the jurisdiction of juvenile court or any matter that may be considered a felony.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
 
Civil Litigation Defense
Civil Litigation Defense:
Services related to the representation of a Member and/or Covered Family Member who is a named defendant in a civil lawsuit (non-business related), up to and including the trial thereof. This benefit does not include: (1) any debt collection or family law matters; (2) lawsuits normally handled on a contingent fee basis; or (3) matters for which the Member/Covered Family Member has or is required by law to have insurance.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Incompetency Defense:
Services related to the representation of a Member in the defense of any incompetency action, including court hearings when there is a proceeding to find the Member incompetent.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
 
Criminal Defense
Traffic Tickets:
Services related to the representation of the Member and/or Covered Family Member in defense of any traffic ticket except driving under influence or vehicular homicide, including court hearings, negotiation with the prosecutor, trial, and counseling and preparing Member for self-representation at any hearings if chosen.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Serious Traffic Matters:
Services related to the representation of a Member and/or Covered Family Member who is charged by governing authorities with moving traffic violation(s) and conviction could result in suspension or revocation of Member’s and/or Covered Family Member’s drivers’ license.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Administrative Proceeding:
Services related to the representation of a Member and/or Covered Family Member in an administrative proceeding relating to the suspension or revocation of driving privileges.
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
Misdemeanor Defense:
Defense of a Member and/or Covered Family Member in connection with criminal misdemeanor charges (not associated with any felony charge).
This benefit is limited to one use per year.
 
Obtaining Benefits
 
Claim for Benefits
1. Members must call the Member Service Center to confirm eligibility and coverage prior to consulting with any attorney. The Member Service Center will assign a Participating Attorney to provide services relative to the matter. Failure to notify the Member Service Center within thirty (30) days following consultation with an attorney may result in a denial of benefits.
2. To obtain benefits under the Managed Case Rules:
Members and/or Covered Family Member must secure a confirmation letter from the Member Service Center prior to proceeding with an attorney.
The attorney must provide a written estimate of fees reflecting his or her best judgment as to the likely conduct of the case.
We will set a maximum attorney fee that takes into account the reasonable level of reimbursement for the proceeding and the proposed litigation strategy. Fees as a result of services in excess of the maximum attorney fee are the responsibility of the Member and/or Covered Family Member.
3. Members actively receiving services must remain enrolled and continue to pay premium hereunder. All benefits will be subject to subrogation and coordination of benefit rules.
4. Upon completion of a Covered Service, the Member and/or Covered Family Member will be required by the Participating Attorney to sign a confirmation of completion. Failure to sign the confirmation may result in denial of the claim and the Member/ Covered Family Member will be responsible for all legal fees.
5. If the Member and/or Covered Family Member pays for pre-authorized services provided by a NonParticipating Attorney, the Member must submit a reimbursement form (provided by Member Service Center) accompanied by an original itemized bill, proof of payment and supporting documentation sufficient to demonstrate the  work completed in the matter within sixty (60) days after incurring the legal fees. Benefits provided to the Member and/or Covered Family Member for Covered Services are subject to the maximum as shown in the Schedule of Benefits.
Disputes Between Member and Covered Family Member
In the event that the Member and one of the Covered Family Members are involved as adversaries in a dispute that is a Covered Service, only the Member will be covered.
If two or more Covered Family Members are involved in a dispute that is otherwise covered, no coverage will be provided. 
If two Members are involved as adversaries in a dispute that is a Covered Service, separate coverage for each Member will be provided.

 

Exclusions

The following benefits are excluded:

Appellate court proceedings, class actions, interventions, derivative action and amicus curiae filings.
The preparation and filing of individual, partnership or estate tax returns, appellate or administrative proceedings related to tax returns, litigation before the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Claims or any other federal, state or other courts with respect to tax matters.
Matters relating to securities, trademark or patent matters; business or commercial interests, including, but not limited to, professional, partnership and/or corporate matters; matters involving the law or laws of jurisdictions other than the United States and its territories and Canada; any matters involving a government (domestic or foreign) entity or agency except as specifically described under Covered Services; farm related issues; matters involving commercial or rental property transactions, including the purchase, sale or lease of investment or income-producing property. A two-family house, whether or not used by the Member as his or her primary residence, is deemed an investment or income-producing property.
Legal services that are fully paid for or provided at no cost by any governmental agency, organization or insurance company.
Matters that the attorney deems frivolous, spurious, harassing, or unethical (collectively referred to as “frivolous”) or otherwise prohibited by the Model Rules of Professional Conduct of the state in which the attorney is licensed.
Costs associated with covered legal services, including but not limited to, all fines, court costs, penalties, sanctions, expert witness fees, bonds, bail bonds, attorney fees, exhibits, deposition costs, filing fees, transcripts, postage, telephone, photocopying, recording fees, messengers, judgments, jury fees, court reporter fees, investigative costs and all other incidental and out-of-pocket legal and litigation costs.
Any services on behalf of a Covered Family Member against the interests of the Member.
Any employment-related matter. This includes, but is not limited to, any dispute involving the Member’s employer or its affiliates, their officers or directors, the Member’s employee benefit plans, credit unions, programs or arrangements sponsored by an employer, or cases involving workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, sex harassment, age discrimination, etc.
Any dispute or proceeding against the following persons or entities, their officers, directors, employees, or agents: any person or entity involved in the sale, marketing, administration or other processes related to the group policy; Legal Plan Administrator or its subsidiaries; Claims Administrator or its subsidiaries; Policyholder; Member’s employer; Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and it’s parents, subsidiaries or any affiliated or successor company, plan underwriter or reinsurer; Plan Sponsor; or any Participating and/or Non-Participating Attorney, if the dispute or proceeding pertains to services provided under the group policy / Certificate of Coverage.
The Certificate of Coverage will not provide benefits in connection with pre-existing matters, which includes any matter where the
Member and/or Covered Family Member is on notice as to a pending legal dispute or has previously contacted an attorney, except when prior coverage under another Legal Plan provided by the Policyholder can be demonstrated.
Where there are specific hours or dollar amounts provide in this Certificate of Coverage, or where a maximum is set under the
Managed Case Rules, the Member will be responsible for all attorney fees incurred over the maximum. Additional exclusions related to each benefit are included in the Covered Services.
 
General Provisions
 
Attorney-Client Relationship
All attorneys are subject to the authority of the State Supreme Court and the State Bar of the state where they are licensed to practice. The Member’s relationship with an attorney is privileged and strictly confidential. We will not interfere in the attorney-client relationship, nor in the attorney’s independent exercise of his or her professional judgment. Attorneys are not certified specialists.
The Member shall authorize the Participating Attorney to provide the Legal Plan Administrator with information and supporting documentation on the number and type of services provided to the Member.
By using legal services benefits that are provided under the group policy / Certificate of Coverage, the Members agree that neither We, nor the Policyholder, nor any other person involved in the marketing or administration of the group policy, shall have any liability for the acts, errors or omissions of an attorney providing services, in whole or in part.
Non-Participating Attorney Services
If the Member already has an attorney, the Member may prefer to use her/him as a Non-Participating Attorney. To do so, the Member must first contact the Member Service Center and notify the representative of his/her intention to use a Non-Participating Attorney for a Covered Service. The Member Service Center will send the Member a claim form to request reimbursement. The Member’s reimbursement will be based on the reimbursement schedule as shown in the Schedule of Benefits. If a Member already has an attorney at the time he/she becomes a Member, the Legal Plan Administrator can offer to negotiate with the attorney on behalf of the Member, but will not guarantee the Plan Discounted Rate will be accepted by the attorney or offered by the Legal Plan Administrator.
Legal Terminology
The Member or Covered Family Member may call the Member Service Center to obtain a definition or explanation of any term used herein.
Coverage Territory
The coverage territory includes the United States and United States territories.
Premium Refund Provision
In the event that the premium mode is other than monthly and the group policy is terminated or the Member elects to terminate the coverage, a pro-rata premium refund will be made in accordance with the insurance laws of the Policyholder’s state.
Termination and Cancellation of Coverage
Coverage provided to the Member shall terminate upon the first of the following to occur:
a. Cancellation or termination of the group policy;
b. If applicable, the Member fails to re-enroll;
c. The Member is no longer associated with Policyholder; or
d. The Member fails to remit premium when due, subject to the statutory grace period.
Coverage provided to a Covered Family Member of a Member shall terminate upon the first of the following to occur:
a. The Member’s coverage is cancelled or terminated; or
b. The family member ceases to qualify as a Covered Family Member as defined.
When coverage for a Member and/or Covered Family Member terminates and a matter is unresolved when coverage terminated, then any further legal work between said Member and/or Covered Family Member and the Participating
Attorney shall be outside the scope and coverage of the group policy / Certificate of Coverage. The Participating
Attorney shall not be obligated to provide any benefits and any further legal services shall be based upon an independent and separate fee agreement entered into, if at all, between the former Member and/or Covered Family
Member and the attorney. If such an agreement is not entered into, then the Participating Attorney may withdraw from any further representation in accordance with applicable law and State Bar standards.
Portability The Member may continue this insurance by electing the option of portability when the Member no longer qualifies as an employee of the Policyholder or as a Member of the group to which the group policy is issued. The Member must apply for portability within sixty (60) days of this disqualifying event and make arrangements for premium payment.
Portability coverage will take effect, subject to payment of the initial premium, as of the date the Member’s coverage under the group policy terminates. Credit will be given for any applicable Waiting Period based upon the number of months coverage was in force for the Member under the group policy.
Conformed to Statute
Any terms of the Policy that are in conflict with the statutes of the state of Georgia, are amended to conform to the statutes of the state of Georgia.
Assignment of Benefits
The benefits provided under this group policy / Certificate of Coverage are not assignable.
Change in Premium
A notice of an increase in premiums, which exceeds 15% of the current policy's premium shall be delivered to the Member, by first-class mail to the last address of record of the Member, at least 45 days prior to the change in premium. 

Network

About the Network of Attorneys
When going in for surgery, you don’t want a surgeon that has a poor track record or only a couple years experience. We feel that a legal need is just as important.
 
Help Focus Infrastructure
When it comes to finding an attorney, an employee can waste days looking for the right one, even with a legal plan. Our process has a Help Focus Infrastructure. We focus on our relationships with our Providers to help us help your employees, faster. Our Attorney Match Technology and dialogue with attorneys and members ensures the right help the first time. Matching an employee to the right help expedites solutions while saving time and stress.
 
Standards and Qualifications
The credentialing standards that we utilize to vet our providers is the most stringent in the country. We focus on years of experience, as well as insurance and discipline, as well as penalty of perjury submissions with extensive back ground checks.
 
Under the Provider Network, your employees will receive legal help from professionals with many of these service characteristics:
  • Experience in the Legal Matter Needed
  • Quality Time Spent in Consultations
  • Years of Legal Training and Experience
  • Up-to-date Legal Training Each Year
  • Lawyers Who are Service-Oriented
  • Lawyers Who Have a Solid Local Reputation in their Communities
  • Exceptional Backgrounds
  • Years of Courtroom and Trial Experience
Provider Standards of Care
The Network Provider shall strive to provide the highest quality of legal representation and service to Plan Members.
 
Plan Providers agree to the following:
  • To comply at all times with the Rules of Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure and the Rules of Professional Conduct applicable to the jurisdiction.
  • To return member's calls promptly, within one business day, and communicate with members such that a member and the member's family do not voice substantiated concerns over promptness or frequency of your or your firm's communication.
  • To not enter continuances, adjournments, or the like without the member's comfort and consent.
  • To not arrange for substitutions or stand-ins unless the member has been previously advised and that the member understands that you remain responsible for the case and to contact you if there is any concern or if proceedings do not go as planned.
  • To always respect a member, their needs and family.
  • To maintain a professional office, in staffing and appearance.
  • To fully explain yourself such that a member has an understanding for the reasons behind your recommendations and suggestions, even if a member may not hire your firm.
  • To not complete any additional work that will result in a fee to the member, where not covered by the member's plan, until a fee arrangement is fully understood by the member and there is a written agreement.
  • To help each member individually and ensure that everything you do is in the interest of the member.
  • To notify LegalEASE if there is or may be the possibility of a conflict of interest or violation of ethical codes.
  • To notify LegalEASE if there may be a misunderstanding or potential service issue where there may be a complaint without breaking any client confidences.
  • To direct any grievances or concerns, such as process procedure or billing, to Legal Access and not a member.
  • To not refer any member to another attorney without the knowledge and consent of Legal Access if you cannot assist.
  • To take responsibility and uphold the highest standards of customer service delivered by any and all firm staff or employees that have interaction with members.
  • To communicate and cooperate with LegalEASE on any concern, inquiry or issue and return any communication from Legal Access within one business day.

 

 

About

A legal plan backed by a strong partnership.

We believe you deserve to feel prepared and confident when facing a legal matter. Through a strong partnership, Nationwide and LegalEASE offer LegalGUARD, a robust product offering that protects members when it matters most. How we do it is by providing an in-depth pool of resources to accommodate your legal needs. What we do is provide value by creating unparalleled access to a network of skilled attorneys to cover your legal needs with options in convenient plans.
 
For more than 40 years, LegalEASE has established one of the oldest and most comprehensive networks of attorneys in the legal industry. With more than 17,000 participating plan attorneys, LegalEASE specializes in matching attorneys specific to client needs, when it matters most. For more information, visit LegalEASE.
 
Nationwide partnered with LegalEASE to provide members with solutions that offer support and protection from unexpected legal issues. At Nationwide, we put our members first, because we don't have shareholders. 
 
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; specialty health; pet, motorcycle, boat and farm insurance. For more information, visit Nationwide.com.