From Al Pacino’s character John Milton in The Devil’s Advocate, to Gene Hackman’s portrayal of Avery Tolar in The Firm, to Bob Odenkirk’s depiction of Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad... lawyers are the characters that we love to hate. Even Shakespeare himself once penned the line: "First, let's kill all the lawyers."
A recent Pew study determined that lawyers rank at the very bottom of all professions in terms of public esteem. Why does this hatred exist?
Jeff Bell, CEO of LegalShield, offers four reasons:
The last of these, Bell explains, is the central problem. “The first three wouldn’t bother us nearly so much if it weren’t for the costs of interacting with lawyers. That is why LegalShield is so disruptive: we flip the traditional financial model for how people pay for lawyers.”
The Washington Post echoed these sentiments in a recent opinion piece entitled, “We don’t need fewer lawyers. We need cheaper ones." The piece explains:
“What we are seeing is a disgraceful failure of our legal system to meet the serious legal needs of most Americans, who are increasingly priced out of the market for legal services. In 70 to 98 percent of cases in America’s civil courts today, one or both parties are not represented by a lawyer.”
To address this failure, LegalShield has disrupted the legal industry through the power of collaborative consumption. By enabling its members to access lawyers without worrying about the clock, LegalShield aligns both its provider law firms and its members around the same goal: finding a fast, efficient, and effective resolution to legal matters.
“This makes for happy lawyers as well as happy clients,” says Bell. “The clients are happy because they don’t have to worry about the running meter, and the lawyers are happy because they just show up and do the work that they want to do… practice law.”
Bell continues: “LegalShield’s disruptive business model has united 1.5 million households in North America to collectively pay for legal services for the entire group. When any individual member calls an attorney, they are treated the way that they should be: like the most important client at the firm.”
“And now, it’s not so bad to have all those smart, intimidating lawyers walking around speaking their own language… because they are working for you and you don’t have to worry about the clock!”
Reprinted from LegalShield's corporate webpage. For more information on LegalShield or to become a member, click here.
1. Classify, encrypt and protect 'high-value targets'
Cybercrime and identity theft are out of control. These cowardly acts are at an all-time high, and are costing our economy billions of dollars each year.
Individuals and companies must protect themselves. This means more than having an identity theft protection company such as LifeLock or IDShield monitoring your credit, something most people do only after the crime has been committed.
Sixty percent of identity theft happen to small businesses.
Cybersecurity expert Marc Goodman recently outlined six ways for small businesses to fight back:
Going to court can be an intimidating experience. It is important to follow the appropriate standards for how to speak, dress and conduct yourself in court. Failing to follow proper courtroom etiquette could potentially have a negative affect on the outcome of your case. If you need legal assistance call your LegalShield provider law firm.
Smartphones contain a staggering amount of personal data, from family photos to emails and bank accounts. In addition to personal information the devices retail for hundreds of dollars, creating a lucrative black market for stolen phones and parts. These tips are designed to help you secure your smartphone and protect your personal information.
Reprinted from Legal News, Issue 8, Volume 4, June 2015
LegalShield and Kroll launch IDShield, an innovative identity theft protection service supported by dedicated licensed private investigators
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Responding to recent national data breaches which have potentially put millions of people at increased risk of identity theft, LegalShield and Kroll have launched IDShield. the only service providing consumers with direct access to Kroll’s team of Licensed Private Investigators. This product can be accessed by visiting LegalShield’s new product website, http://www.legalshieldassociate.com/idt/jdross
LegalShield has provided legal protection to millions of people for more than 40 years and has provided identity theft protection for 16 years through its exclusive relationship with Kroll, the global leader in risk mitigation and response solutions. To date, the partnership has safeguarded more than one million individuals, provided more than 200,000 personal identity consultations, and restored nearly 10,000 individual identities.
The launch of IDShield takes the current LegalShield identity theft protection product to a new level with pre-emptive monitoring, a $5 million service guarantee, and 24/7/365 emergency access to Kroll investigators. In addition, consumers can download an IDShield mobile app for their smartphone or tablet, providing one-click access to a U.S.-based advisor for assitance in handling both emergency and non-emergency issues.
“We have enhanced and rebranded our ID theft protection product to monitor what matters and provide expanded service for our members,” said Jeff Bell, CEO of LegalShield. Bell continued, “More and more people know that ID theft is a real threat, but what many don’t understand is that the most popular offerings provide a false sense of security. We built IDShield to pre-emptively monitor the identity theft indicators. We deliver a premier, innovative product so members can have real protection.”
While credit card fraud is the most costly result of personal data being misused – an estimated $8.6 billion annually – other types of ID theft can be harder to find and fix. “In reality, identity theft can compromise a lot more than your money,” Bell said. “We’ve seen how stolen personal information - like a driver’s license number, medical and insurance identification numbers, social security numbers - have led to devastating events such as false arrests, tax fraud and insurance fraud. Even your child’s personal information is at risk.”
According to Brian Lapidus, Managing Director and head of the Identity Theft and Breach Notification practice at Kroll, “We are delighted to partner with LegalShield and provide individuals the same level of service we have been offering our corporate clients for decades. No other consumer program provides access to Licensed Private Investigators to help restore a person’s identity and we are excited to extend our services to help solve a growing national issue.”
IDShield Product Information
LegalShield is one of the nation’s leading providers of legal safeguards for individuals, families and small businesses. LegalShield also offers one of the industry’s most affordable identity theft plans, with identity theft protection for the entire family for the cost most competitors charge to cover a single individual. LegalShield legal plans cover more than 1.4 million families and 3.7 million lives across North America. More than 34,000 companies offer the LegalShield plan to their employees as a voluntary benefit. For as low as $20 per month, LegalShield members get access to attorneys with an average of 19 years of experience in such areas 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 49 states and four provinces in Canada that members can call for help without having to worry about high hourly rates. In 2013 alone, LegalShield firms received more than 1.8 million calls from members. For more information, visit http://www.jdross.legalshieldassociate.com.
Kroll is the leading global provider of risk solutions. For more than 40 years, Kroll has helped clients make confident risk management decisions about people, assets, operations, and security through a wide range of investigations, cyber security, due diligence and compliance, physical and operational security, and data and information management services. Headquartered in New York with more than 50 offices across nearly 30 countries, Kroll has a multidisciplinary team of over 2,000 employees and serves a global clientele of law firms, financial institutions, corporations, non-takes with a $5 million service guarantee for each member.
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