Attorney Benefits and Fee Schedule

 

With Legal Club:

  • You designate the law specialties for which you desire to receive client referrals.
  • You are free to decline a case at your discretion (refer to Miscellaneous Information, Item 1 of the Fee Schedule). Refer member back to Legal Club’s Member Services Department at 800.305.6816 for another referral.
  • You have sole responsibility for providing legal services to the client – Legal Club is not a law firm.
  • Clients contact and pay you directly.
  • There is no limit to the amount of hours that you can charge for the legal care you provide.
  • If a partner, associate or employee of your firm works on a client’s case, additional hourly charges (not to exceed the applicable reduced hourly rate) may be charged to the client.
  • You may collect and work from a refundable retainer (calculated based on applicable reduced hourly rate).
  • You may charge a flat fee (calculated based on applicable reduced hourly rate).
  • You may elect to participate in one or both programs.

 

INDIVIDUAL / FAMILY LEGAL PLAN

Reduced Hourly Rate:
After an initial free consultation over the phone or in person, plan attorneys will provide extended legal service, including in-court representation (where applicable), at the reduced hourly rate of $125.00 per hour or 40% off attorney's usual and customary hourly rate, whichever is greater.

Free Services*:

  • One initial phone or face-to-face consultation during normal business hours for each new legal matter.
  • Review of legal documents (6 page maximum) - one per new legal matter. Note that review and/or modification of any pages above and beyond the maximum of 6 pages or subsequent documents that are part of an ongoing case are not included and would be billed out at the applicable reduced hourly rate.
  • Make the initial telephone call or write a letter on behalf of a client for a new legal matter, when determined appropriate by attorney in their professional judgment (independent of ongoing case).
  • The drafting of a “simple will”, along with annual updates, as defined below. Please note that a questionnaire is provided to members to aid attorneys in the completion of the simple will in an effort to minimize the intake time.
*Plan Attorneys may collect a retainer from the member prior to providing some of the free member benefits.

Discounted Fee Services**:

Legal Services

Member Rate

$750.00
 
$275.00
 
$295.00
 
$155.00
 
$275.00
 
$250.00
 
$89.00
 
$250.00
 

**See “Definitions for Discounted Fee Services” below. The above discounted fees are exclusive of all court costs, filing fees and time charged for travel to and from any courts.

Contingency Fee Discounts:
Plan attorneys provide a 10% reduction on contingency fees either from the state maximum rate or the attorney’s usual rate, whichever results in a lower rate. For example, a 40% contingency fee rate would be reduced by 10% to 36%.

 

Small Business Legal Plan

Reduced Hourly Rate:
After an initial free consultation over the phone or in person, plan attorneys will provide extended legal service, including in-court representation (where applicable), at the reduced hourly rate of $125.00 per hour or 40% off attorney's usual and customary hourly rate, whichever is greater.

Free Services*:

  • One initial phone consultation during normal business hours for each new legal matter.
  • One initial face-to-face consultation (up to a 30 minute time limit) during normal business hours for each new legal matter. The applicable reduced hourly rate would apply to any time beyond 30 minutes.
  • Review of 5 independent documents each quarter with a 10 page maximum each. Review and/or modification of any pages beyond 10 pages or subsequent documents that are part of an ongoing case are not included and would be billed out at the applicable reduced hourly rate.
  • Initial telephone call on behalf of a client’s business for each new legal matter, when determined to be appropriate by the plan attorney in their professional judgment. Unless otherwise indicated, limit of two (2) telephone calls per month. Follow up calls are made at the applicable reduced hourly rate.
  • Initial letter written on behalf of a client’s business for each new legal matter, when determined to be appropriate by the plan attorney in their professional judgment. Unless otherwise indicated, limit of three (3) written letters per month. Follow up letters are prepared at the applicable reduced hourly rate.
  • Initial collection letters are limited to one (1) per new legal matter for a maximum of 10 independent legal matters per quarter. Additional charges begin at the onset of follow up at the applicable reduced hourly rate, or at the contingency fee percentage.
  • Become the registered agent for the business in the state in which it was incorporated.
*Plan Attorneys may collect a retainer from the member prior to providing some of the free member benefits.

Contingency Fee Discounts:
For collections matters, plan attorneys will accept 18% if the case is settled before formal court proceedings begin and 27% after proceedings begin. Discounted rates are not to exceed state maximums where applicable.

For all other contingency fee matters, plan attorneys will provide a 10% reduction on either the state maximum rate or the attorney’s usual rate, whichever results in a lower rate. For example, a 40% contingency fee rate would be reduced by 10% to 36%.

DEFINITIONS FOR DISCOUNTED FEE SERVICES

If a legal service does not fit within the definitions below, please bill members at the applicable reduced hourly rate. Court costs, filing fees, and travel time are all billed additionally. Retainers or flat fees can be charged under the plan as long as the cost is calculated using the applicable reduced hourly rate. Disregard any service that does not pertain to your firm.

CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY ($750.00):

  • The discounted fee includes the preparation of a regulatory petition, preparation and review of the required bankruptcy documents and scheduling of a 341 hearing. To qualify for this special rate, the member’s (i.e., debtor’s) income cannot exceed the state’s median income in which the bankruptcy is being filed. In situations where the debtor’s income is greater than the state’s median income, all bankruptcy work will be done at the applicable reduced hourly rate.
  • Court costs, filing fees, and other costs such as attorney travel, are additional. Court appearances by a plan attorney will be billed at the applicable reduced hourly rate.

SIMPLE DIVORCE ($275.00)

  • Plan attorneys will consult with member, review and prepare any documents and/or petitions necessary to effectuate a simple divorce. They will also represent the member, one time, at the final hearing.
  • To qualify for a simple divorce the following must be true. The plan member’s spouse is not represented by separate counsel, the member and spouse have no children under the age of 18, their marital assets are less than $70,000.00 in total and all issues are agreed to without aid of counsel.
  • This fee does not include additional court appearances, attendance at mediations, court costs, filing fees, the attorney’s travel time to and from the courthouse or the preparation of documents affecting the disposition of property. All work that does not meet this definition will be handled at the applicable reduced hourly rate.

NAME CHANGE ($155.00):

  • Plan attorneys will assist the plan member and their eligible family members in obtaining a name change when it is not contested or challenged by another party. This includes preparation of the petition, attendance at the hearing, and preparation and review of the final judgment document.
  • This fee does not include additional court appearances, filing fees, or the attorney’s travel time to and from the courthouse.

NON-SUPPORT - SPOUSE/CHILD ($275.00):

  • The discounted fee for members includes the preparation for and the attendance at a single hearing for judgments or contempt citations for non-payment of alimony and child support maintenance. Additionally, the plan attorney will provide one hour of collection efforts after the hearing, which may include an initial phone call made and/or a collection letter written on the member’s behalf.
  • Preparation does not include obtaining discovery evidence, extended court time and extended collections work. All extended legal care will be provided to members at the applicable reduced hourly rate.

REGULAR INCORPORATION ($295.00)

  • Plan attorneys will consult with member to determine the appropriate type of corporation or partnership that should be set up. Should the member choose to set up a simple corporation (C or S Corporation) plan attorneys will prepare the necessary incorporation documents, (articles of incorporation, by-laws, and the minutes) for the creation of a member’s company. This includes the filing of a 1120s election form, and the SS-4 application for a Federal identification number. NOTE: Extended legal work for the newly formed corporation is not eligible for the Individual/Family Legal Plan discount; enrollment in Legal Club’s Small Business Plan is required for extended legal work.
  • Not for profit organizations, limited liability corporations (LLC) and limited liability partnerships (LLP) are not included in this definition. Plan attorneys can assist members, choosing to set these organizations up, at the applicable reduced hourly rate.
  • Filing fees, duplication costs, and the corporate kit are extra.

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE CLOSING ($250.00)

  • Includes a free initial consultation, reviewing purchase or sale agreements, and a one hour appearance at closing for the purchase or sale of residential real estate not used for business or investment purposes. Title policy, other document preparation and extended counseling (if any) can be billed at the applicable reduced hourly rate.
  • Commercial properties are excluded from this discounted rate.
  • All research including Title insurance, liens, deeds, property judgments, flood, hazard, or mortgage insurance, and fees associated with filing real estate documents in specific states are not included in this definition or covered by this discounted rate. Additional work, if any, can be billed out at the applicable reduced hourly rate.

TRAFFIC TICKET DEFENSE ($89.00)

  • The discounted fee applies to first time non-criminal traffic infractions including but not limited to, violation of traffic control device, failure to stop at a stop sign, improper change of lane, illegal turns, improper or unsafe equipment, expired tag, no proof of insurance, unlawful speed, improper passing, failure to use turn signal, failure to yield the right of way and safety belt violations.
  • The special privileged rate applies to each individual non-criminal traffic infraction. The discounted fee includes the preparation of any necessary court documents and attendance at a single court hearing to settle a single, first time, non-criminal traffic infraction.
  • The discounted fee does not include court costs, fines imposed by the presiding judge, additional scheduled hearings or other traffic matters deemed to be criminal in nature.

WILL WITH SIMPLE MINOR’S TRUST ($250.00)

  • The discounted fee includes the preparation of a simple will with a minor’s trust for the surviving minor children of the plan member. This document will contain information related to minor children, specifically name, date of birth, social security number, real estate, specific bequests, and information pertaining to the appointed guardian of the estate of our member.
  • This fee does not cover extensive information regarding retirement plans, investments and their tax treatment, other kinds of trusts, complex tax matters, or estate planning. Counsel for these additional areas of law will be provided to plan members at the applicable reduced hourly rate.

OTHER DEFINITIONS

ELIGIBLE FAMILY MEMBERS:

  • Are the plan member's spouse, significant other, domestic partner, dependent children who are twenty-five (25) years of age or younger and any categorically dependent individuals living in the plan members' home such as a parent or grandparent.

PLAN MEMBER:

  • Is any person who has contracted with the Legal Club of America® for a membership in the plan and has a current paid membership.

PLAN/PARTICIPATING ATTORNEYS:

  • Attorneys are licensed and in good standing and qualified to practice law in their respective state(s), required by the company to maintain professional liability insurance, if required by their state, and have contracted with Legal Club of America® to provide legal services to plan members as outlined in this fee schedule for the cases that they accept.

SIMPLE WILL (FREE):

  • A will distributing personal property and homestead and not involving trusts, specific bequests, investment real estate, tax matters, guardianships, living wills, health care proxies or partitions.

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

  1. Plan/participating attorneys are bound by their state’s professional code of ethics. Plan attorneys will advise plan members and Legal Club if they have a conflict of interest in taking a plan member’s case. Plan attorneys have the inherent right to decline a case for any reason. However, plan attorneys shall not reject any eligible plan member seeking services by reason of the amount of fees to which he or she may be entitled to charge under the Legal Club of America® / Legal Care Direct™ attorney fee schedule or corresponding plan member guidebooks. If a case is rejected, plan attorneys are responsible to refer plan member back to Legal Club’s Member Service Center toll-free at 800 305-6816 for assistance to locate another plan attorney to assist them with their legal matter.
  2. The plan member pays attorney fees directly to the plan attorney. Participating attorneys are not employees of Legal Club of America® and have no financial obligation to the company.
  3. Legal Club of America® is not liable to indemnify or reimburse any plan attorney or plan member for any attorney fees or costs generated by the plan member.
  4. The penalty for deceiving the Legal Club or any plan attorney for the purpose of utilizing the plan for a non-eligible family member is automatic termination of plan privileges and immediate notification to the plan attorney about the termination.
  5. The plan attorneys in their attorney/client relationship have the sole responsibility for providing legal services to the plan member.
  6. Legal Club of America Corporation is not a law firm, insurance carrier or a provider of legal services.
  7. Court costs, expert witness fee, filing fees, court reporter fees, transcript expenses, travel expenses to and from court, photocopying costs, postage, telephone toll charges and any other incidental expenses incurred by the plan member are excluded from discounted rates under any of the discounted pricing described in this fee schedule.