ADA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jeff Bell, CEO of LegalShield, one of North America’s leading providers of affordable legal plans and identity theft solutions for individuals, families and small businesses, delivered a rousing keynote address to hundreds of lawyers on July 7 at the company’s first Elevate Law Conference in San Diego. Bell’s speech led to a discussion among legal experts about the future of the practice of law, how technology is changing the legal industry, and how attorneys can elevate their practices.
Bell also took aim at recent misleading media reports about the legal services industry that claim pre-paid legal plans equate only to a few hours of attorney fees, and that they are strictly transactional. He continued his challenge to conventional thinking about how lawyers and citizens both can win.
“Quite frankly, at LegalShield we are more comfortable being called a legal service subscription and not a pre-paid legal plan. We offer unlimited advice and consultation for our members. We work with our provider law firms to make services affordable, responsive and accountable.”
“Many of our competitors actually provide a lead to a lawyer who otherwise makes a living the old-fashioned way—by advertising and charging high hourly rates. With LegalShield, our members can use our mobile application and contact their law firm and lawyer immediately, every day. They do not have to go to us for a referral and hope for the best.”
The three-day event—to be held annually—kicked off the west coast celebration of the company’s 45th year of business. Lawyers from LegalShield’s panel of provider law firms and attorney network in all 50 states and Canada came together for continuing legal education—and to network and engage with renowned legal experts who are passionate about eliminating barriers to justice that have existed too long due to traditionally high legal fees.
A pioneer in the democratization of affordable access to legal protection, LegalShield is one of North America’s leading providers of legal safeguards and protection against identity theft solutions for individuals, families and small businesses. The 45-year-old company protects more than 1,647,000 individual, families and businesses through its legal plans, while IDShield provides identity protection to one million individuals. In addition, LegalShield and IDShield serve more than 141,000 businesses. Both legal and identity theft plans start as low as $20 per month.
LegalShield’s legal plans provide 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. IDShield provides identity monitoring and restoration services and is the only identity theft protection company armed with a team of licensed private investigators on call to restore a member’s identity.