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Legal Plans — A Win-Win

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Many Americans don’t have access to affordable legal services. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just low-income people who can’t get the help they need with their legal problems. In fact, one study estimated that 60% of the legal needs of middle-income people are not being met.1

The satisfaction of legal insurance plan members, employers who offer the benefit and attorneys who participate on the network is resounding. Why then isn’t the use of legal insurance more widespread? Many aren’t aware of what legal insurance is — or that it exists. Some confuse it for discounted legal services. Others think it’s malpractice insurance for attorneys.

Legal insurance is one solution that removes many of the barriers between attorneys and potential clients. Perhaps most important, it helps with financial barriers by standardizing the cost for individuals – making access to professional legal services available to a much larger population.

And, attorneys benefit from more people having legal insurance — with uncertainties removed, people are more likely to use an attorney’s services instead of trying to resolve an issue on their own. Legal insurance works to increase access to attorneys — not replace them.

Attorney Tom Martin has been on legal insurance networks for 10 years. He says the networks have helped him build his business “because there’s a steady influx of very qualified clients. The type of clients I gain are generally college-educated and have an employer they have the plan through.”

Learn more about the benefits of joining the ARAG network at ARAGlegal.com/attorneys.

1  Rhode, Deborah. “Access to Justice: Connecting Principles to Practice.” Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 17 (2004): 369-422.

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