Can you afford a lawyer?
A study by the American Bar Association estimates over 100 million people in the middle class and below can’t afford attorney fees for basic legal matters. Even the simplest of legal cases can cost hundreds of dollars, so many people attempt to represent themselves or just decide to forget about the situation. Both of which bring added stress, which is not good! However, this doesn’t have to be the case (pun intended)!
A Legal Savings Plan can help in many different ways.
From free consultations to deeply discounted rates on common services, members often find their frustrations alleviated as their situations are handled professionally. Plus, some basic services are even offered at no cost while more complex needs are handled with discounted hourly rates.
If you think a Legal Savings Plan has to cost a ton, think again. Many plans are a few bucks a month and they include your immediate family. Well worth the price for the peace of mind you get from it!
I’m sharing 3 stories from real users who explain how a Legal Savings Plan made a big difference. I bet you can relate to at least one of these situations...
1. Is that siren for me?
Most of us have experienced the red and blue lights appearing while we’re cruising down the highway. It’s an awful feeling. On top of the delay, you’re now out a couple hundred bucks and/or several hours of your time trying to get your ticket dismissed. To make matters worse, if you simply pay the fine, your auto insurance will likely take a hit with increased monthly premiums. How can a Legal Savings network help? Caroline from Washington explains…
“While on vacation, I wasn't aware that the speed limit in the area I was traveling drastically changed from 50mph to 25mph. The police officer, however, WAS aware of the change and gave me a speeding ticket for $160! I called my freshbenies Legal Savings plan for help and they referred me to a great lawyer who handled EVERYTHING for $89 - paperwork, court appearance, my driving record, etc. It saved me a ton of time, money and frustration!”
2. My lawyer will be in touch!
Occasionally, we find ourselves in an uncomfortable situation that requires legal intervention. Perhaps a neighbor is building a fence that extends onto your property or a collection company is hounding you for money you don’t owe. Not fun, right? Lawyers are familiar with different methods of resolution and can often help out by making a quick phone call or writing a letter on your behalf. John from Texas recently had to deal with a bad tax guy …
“I didn't know I had hired a bad tax guy until the IRS contacted me 2 years later telling me that I owed them money! At that point, I wanted a full refund of my tax preparation fees. I wrote 3 letters requesting my money back and received NO response. At some point during the process, I got a freshbenies card and decided to use the Legal Service to help resolve this mess. I simply called the 1-800# on the back of the card and explained my issue. They put me in touch with a lawyer who wrote a letter AT NO CHARGE TO ME! I immediately received a response and a full refund from ‘bad tax guy.’"
3. Where there’s a will…
Wills are one of those documents many of us put off, but it’s one of the most important legal documents a person can have! A Legal Savings Plan can make both the process and expense of this critical need very simple - in fact, simple and living wills are even available at no additional cost with some legal plans. Kevin from Texas shares his experience…
“I called the number and spoke to a representative. They were pleasant, quick, professional…and directed me to an attorney in my area, and told me to mention where I heard about them. I called the attorney and we had a 15-minute phone conversation to discuss my wishes. My wife and I each filled out a form, sent them to the attorney, and once we had a check in the mail she sent us the wills! I noticed one small error and she immediately fixed our wills and re-sent them. The whole process was quick, simple, and enjoyable. I'm glad we used it!”
These real uses from regular people show how a Legal Savings Plan gives practical help and peace of mind at a pretty low cost! So don’t hold your breath hoping nothing happens, and consider what a Legal Savings Plan could do for you.
Now it’s your turn! Have you gone through a situation requiring an attorney? How did having or not having a network to turn to impact the outcome? Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.