Legal

Legal Discount Card

Need an attorney and don’t know where to begin?  Smart Choice Card is the answer.  Members receive FREE initial phone consultations on new legal matters.  Attorneys will also help, free of charge, with simple wills, document review and more.  Plus get discounted services for traffic ticket defense, name change, simple divorce, simple trusts and bankruptcy.

 

Legal Services

Have legal questions? Get legal answers from experienced lawyers at discounted rates. Attorneys help with traffic tickets, bankruptcy, divorce, and spousal and child support. Additional services are also available at no cost to you!

  • Free services* include one-on-one consultations, attorney-made phone calls, help with legal documents, assistance with welfare and INS, representation in small claims court, and a Simple and Living Will
  • Attorneys only charge $125 an hour or 40% off their hourly rate, whichever is greater
  • 10% off all contingency-based cases
  • You’ll be referred to plan attorneys based on location, language and area of law

*In certain situations, attorney liability may require plan attorneys to ask for a retainer prior to providing some of the free legal services.

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Legal Services FAQ

Q. Can I change attorneys for whatever reason?
A. Yes. Call the number on the back of your membership card for a new referral to a participating attorney anytime.

Q. What areas of law are available?
A. All areas of law are eligible for the discounts; including but not limited to, simple traffic offenses to more complicated custody, criminal and civil suits.

Q. Are family members eligible to receive these services?
A. Yes. This benefit may be used by you, your spouse and legal dependents.

Q. Where can I find a complete description of benefits?
A. Click here for more information.

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Statistics

“The average 2012 hourly billing rate was about $536 for law firm partners and $370 for associates.” ABA Journal, 2013

 “Fifty percent of Americans with children do not have a will and 41% of baby boomers (age 55-64) don't have one. The top three reasons cited by survey respondents for not having a will: procrastination, a belief that they don't need one and cost.” RocketLawyer.com, 2012

“Twenty-two percent of American adults say they had a legal issue in the last year that potentially warranted hiring an attorney. Twelve percent say they did hire a lawyer in the last year. Eleven percent said they could have hired a lawyer to handle their legal issue but elected not to. And 5% said they tackled the issue by representing themselves and appearing in court without a lawyer.” FindLaw.com, 2013

“Around 800,000 to 900,000 couples divorce each year.” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“More than a million people filed for bankruptcy during the 12-month period ending March 31, 2014.” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Among employers with voluntary benefit programs, offering legal services is relatively common but by no means universal, with 55 percent making this option available to employees, according to a 2013 survey of 320 large U.S. employers conducted by Towers Watson.” Towers Watson, 2013.

“Among all employers, only 21 percent offer legal assistance services.” Society for Human Resource Management’s 2014 Employee Benefits Report

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