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Enrollment Questions:

To learn more about LegalEASE and the legal benefits you will get,

  Call us with any questions about your Legal Insurance Plan!   Call us at: 1(800) 248-9000, reference "USG".

 

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Welcome

Benefits Proudly Offered to USG Employees 

 

 

Be fully prepared and confident

 with LegalEASE

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

Product Administered By: LegalEASE

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 LegalEASE, 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 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 Plan. LegalEASE offers valuable benefits 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
  • Elder Law

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 $15.00 monthly, via payroll deduction. (NEW Reduced Rate!)

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 age 26.

Schedule of Benefits

Advice and Consultation

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE  Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Telephone Advice

Covered

Not Applicable

Office Consultation

Covered

Not Applicable

Review of Simple Documents

Covered

Not Applicable

Financial Advisor

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE  Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Financial Helpline Covered Not Applicable
Identity Theft Assistance 

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE  Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Advice and Consultation Covered Not Applicable

Miscellaneous Law Office Services

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE  Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Covered Miscellaneous Hours

Covered up to 10 hours with remainder at 25% discount

$600

Discounted Hourly Rate 25% Discount on Attorney's Hourly Rates Not Applicable

Consumer Matters

 LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE  Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

DOCUMENT PREPARATION

  • Simple Deed
  • Promissory Note
  • Consumer Dispute Correspondence
  • Installment Sales Agreement
  • Simple Affidavit
  • General Power of Attorney
  • Lease Agreement - Tenant Only
  • Time Share Agreement

 

Covered

 

$65
$55
$55
$55
$55
$55
$65
$55
Consumer Dispute
Covered
$595

Small Claims Court Representation

Covered*

$300

Mail Order or Internet Purchase Dispute

Covered*

$300

Bank Fee Dispute

Covered*

$300

First-time Vehicle Buyer

Covered*

$300

Vehicle Repair and Lemon Law Litigation

Covered*

$300

Cell Phone Contract Dispute
  • Contract Review Up to 6 Pages
  • Representation
  • Covered*
  • Covered*

$300

Personal Property Protection* Covered $300

Warranty Dispute

  • Warranty Review Up to 6 Pages
  • Representation
  • Covered*
  • Covered*

$300

Health Care Coverage Dispute and Records

  • Office Consultation
  • Document Preparation
  • Document Review
Covered*

$300

Identity Theft Defense

Covered

$850

 Estate Planning

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE  Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

SIMPLE WILL OR CODICIL FOR:

  • Member
  • Spouse
  • Covered Family Member
Covered

$80

Complex Will* Covered $310

Living Will

Covered

$55

Health Care Power of Attorney

Covered

$55

Living Trust Document

Covered

$310

Funeral Directive* Covered $55
Hospital Vistation Authorization* Covered $55

Probate of Small Estate

Covered Up To 2 Hours with remainder at 25% discount

$120

Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security Proceeding* Covered $850
Social Security Administration Benefit Appeal* Covered $850
Veterans Benefits Appeal* Covered $720

Elder Matters

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE  Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Will Preparation

Covered

$80

Living Will/Health Care or Advance Directive

Covered $55

Durable Financial Power of Attorney

$45/Co-Pay

Not Applicable

Health Care or Medical Power of Attorney

$45/Co-Pay
Not Applicable
Elder Law Matters* Covered $425

Home and Residential Matters

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE  Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Purchase of Primary Residence

Covered

$490

Sale of Primary Residence

Covered $365

Refinancing of Primary Residence

Covered

$385

First Time Home-Buyer* Covered $425

Vacation or Investment Home/ Purchase/Sale/Refinancing

Covered
$425
Home Equity Loan Assistance* Covered $360
Property Tax Assessment* Covered $360
Property Tax Dispute* Covered $360

Tenant Dispute

Covered
$1,700

Tenant Security Deposit Dispute

Covered
$850

Landlord Dispute with Tenant

  • Pre-litigation Activities
  • Trial Representation
Covered*
$595

Security Deposit Dispute with Tenant

Covered*
$595

Construction Defect Dispute

Covered
$425

Neighbor Dispute

Covered
$765

Noise Reduction Dispute

Covered
$765
Boundary or Title Dispute* Covered $595
Zoning Application* Covered $595

Financial Matters

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE  Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Debt Collection Defense
Pre-litigation Defense Activities

Covered

$425

Debt Collection Defense
Trial Defense
Covered
$850
Garnishment Defense* Covered $850

Bankruptcy (Chapter 7 or 13)

Covered
$935

Foreclosure

Covered
$680

Tax Audit

Covered
$1,700
Tax Defense* Covered $850

Student Loan Refinancing/ Collection Defense

Covered Up To 7 Hours with remainder at 25% discount
$420
Repossession Defense* Covered $850

Family Matters

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE  Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Uncontested Separation or Civil Annulment

Covered $595

Consent/Default Divorce

Covered* $595

Uncontested Divorce

Covered* $595

Contested Divorce

Covered*
$3,400*
Post-Divorce Proceedings
Covered*
$3,400*
Domestic Partnership Agreement* Covered $320

Prenuptial Agreement

Covered

$680

Name Change

Covered

$255

Gender Identifier Change* Covered $240
Egg/Sperm/Embryo Donation Agreement* Covered $480

Guardianship/Conservatorship

Uncontested: Covered
Contested: Covered
$365
$765

Governmental Agency Adoption

Uncontested: Covered
Contested: Covered
$365
$765

Stepparent Adoption

Uncontested: Covered
Contested: Covered
$365
$765
Pre-Birth/Post-Birth Parentage Order* Covered $320
Child Custody/Support Involving Never-Married Parents of a Child Covered up to 28.5 hours with remainder at 25% discount $1,700
Protection from Domestic Violence Covered $595

Juvenile Court Proceeding

Covered

$470

School Administrative Proceeding*
Covered
$425
Immigration Assistance* Covered $595
Parental Responsibility Matters* Covered $595

Civil Matters

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE  Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Civil Litigation Defense

Covered
$1,700

Incompetency Defense

Covered
$1,700
Administrative Hearing Representation* Covered $1,275

Discounted Contingency Fees

10% Discount
Not Applicable

Mediation

10% Discount
Not Applicable

Criminal Defense

LegalEASE Plan Coverage

Participating Attorney

LegalEASE  Coverage

Non-Participating Attorney

Traffic Ticket

Covered
$215
Serious Traffic Matters
(Resulting In Suspension or Revocation of License)

Covered

$425

Administrative Proceeding (Regarding Suspension or Revocation of License)

Covered

$255

Habeas Corpus Proceedings* Covered $850

Misdemeanor Defense

Covered
$1,700

DUI/DWI Defense

Covered
$1,700
Restraining Order Assistance Covered $425

Limitations may apply.

*NEW benefit offering or coverage!!


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 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. 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; LegalEASE 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, 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 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.

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.

 

 

Call 1(800) 248-9000, to learn more about attorneys in your network today.

 

About

We are here to serve you...

 

We believe people deserve to have a sense of safety and security, a peace of mind, when it comes to being protected in legal matters that they may not be the experts in. To have access to legal professionals that can ease and solve their legal burdens. We are here to serve you.

 

How we do it is by providing an in-depth pool of resources to accommodate all your legal needs. Legal Access and LegalEASE have broad experiences with employees in small, medium and large companies in the public and private sectors, local, state and federal government offices, unions, employee assistance plans, work-life companies, and organizations, when it comes to solving your legal matters.

 

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. We are a diversified employee benefits company engaged in administration, network development, technology management and insurance, based in Houston, Texas. Since 1971, we have grown from five attorneys in Los Angeles providing services to a modest amount of companies into a company with the strongest attorney network across America. We provide assistance to members over half of a million times each year throughout the United States and the world.

 

Legal Access Companies consists of several companies and brands to best meet customer needs, including but not limited to: Legal Plans USA, Legal Access Plans, LegalEASE, and LAMG. Legal Access Plans has a wide array of products across several market segements, including worksite, employee assistance and worklife. LegalEASE is the group's primary insurance brand and focuses primarily in the worksite market. LegalEASE products are underwritten and presented by Virginia Surety Company, part of the Warranty Group.

 

 

The Legal Corner

The Legal Corner

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The Legal Corner offers valuable resources like:

Articles with valuable information you may need in order to handle several legal issues. 
 
  • Articles
  • Featured Attorneys
  • News Updates

Help Center

Our guide to common legal matters will help you understand court cases and what you will typically see.

Legal Blog

Articles over laws, court decisions and more for all readers.

Non-member Online Directory 

The ability to find attorneys near you, with the expertise in the area of law for your legal matter.

For all this and more, visit https://legalcorner.legaleaseplan.com/