PHOENIX, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jeff Bell, Chief Executive Officer of LegalShield, one of North America’s leading providers of affordable legal plans and identity theft solutions for individuals, families and small businesses, joined a panel session of legal experts on Thursday, May 18 at the Group Legal Services Association (GLSA) annual education conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The session, titled “State of the Industry: What’s Next?”, kicked off the first day of the conference, which focuses on providing lawyers involved in the legal services plan industry, with education, support and collaboration so that they may focus on the practice of law rather than the marketing of their law practices.
GLSA is a Chicago-based nonprofit, ABA-affiliated membership association for those involved in the legal services plan industry, which delivers legal services to a broad range of clients. Members are committed to providing affordable access to legal services.
The industry panel featured Bell and several other members of the GLSA including Dan Lear, Director of Industry Relations at Avvo; Brian Caron, General Counsel and Vice President of Hyatt Legal Plans; Jean Clauson, Provider Relations Recruiting Manager at ARAG North America; Allen Rodriguez, CEO of ONE400; Ralph Vernassal, Head of Attorney Services at Rocket Lawyer; and John Wachsmann, managing attorney at Wachsmann & Associates. The discussion focused heavily on how technology impacts equal access to justice.
“LegalShield believes that lawyers and citizens can both win,” said Jeff Bell. “We believe that our society has erroneously taught all of us, from the time we were children to fear lawyers and the law. Lawyers are expensive. Lawyers are unresponsive. Lawyers are not accountable. Lawyers speak their own language. Lawyers patronize the common woman and man.”
LegalShield is one of the North America’s leading providers of legal safeguards for individuals, families and small businesses. The company also offers one of the industry’s most affordable and comprehensive identity theft plans, IDShield. LegalShield plans provide protection to more than 4.1 million individuals, and IDShield provides identity monitoring and restoration services to more than 1.64 million individuals across North America. More than 141,000 companies offer LegalShield and IDShield plans to their employees as a voluntary benefit.
For as little as $17.95 per month, LegalShield members get access to attorneys with an average of 19 years of experience in areas such as family matters, estate planning, financial and business issues, consumer protection, tax, real estate, benefits disputes and auto/driving issues. Unlike other legal plans or do-it-yourself websites, LegalShield has dedicated law firms in 50 states and four provinces in Canada that members can call for help without having to worry about high hourly rates.