If you have questions regarding the Application, the Fee for Services Attorney Agreement or the Fee Reimbursement Schedule, please contact Provider Relations at 844-894-5297 [LAWS] for assistance.

Fee for Services Attorney Agreement

Following is the Attorney Agreement (Agreement) between U.S. Legal Services, Inc. and the applicant Attorney.

Definitions as used in the Agreement and its addendums:

“Client” means a person who is entitled to Covered or Non-Covered legal services under a legal plan or an insurance policy administered by U.S. Legal Services, Inc. or an affiliate.

“Covered” means legal services for a Client that are paid either partially or in full by U.S. Legal Services, Inc. under a legal plan.

“Non-Covered” means personal legal services for which coverage is not paid by U.S. Legal Services, Inc.

“Plan Attorney” means an attorney who:

    • Is an active member of the State Bar in good standing;
    • Maintains a law office and is regularly engaged in the practice of law;
    • Maintains insurance coverage under a professional liability policy providing limits of not less than $100,000 per incident and $300,00 aggregate per year;

  • Is willing to provide at least a 33% reduction from the attorney’s normal rate on all non-excluded, Non-Covered legal matters;
  • Is willing to provide a free initial consultation to all Clients on Non-Covered legal matters;
  • Completes and delivers to U.S. Legal Services, Inc. a signed Application;
  • Is accepted as a Plan Attorney by U.S. Legal Services, Inc. as indicated by inclusion of the Attorney’s contact information in U.S. Legal Services, Inc.’s Attorney Directory either in print or online; and,
  • Has agreed to accept the Covered legal matters noted on his/her application or as updated on his/her U.S. Legal Services, Inc. profile.

“State Bar” includes the attorney regulatory body of any jurisdiction in which the attorney maintains an office for the practice of law.

Section 1. Obligations of a Plan Attorney

Notification of Change of Information or Status

Plan Attorney shall immediately notify U.S. Legal Services, Inc. of any change of address, telephone number, e-mail address, or any change of actual or impending circumstances that might affect his/her status as an attorney, including but not limited to, any lapse in the required insurance coverage, any change in the attorney’s licensing or State Bar standing, and any complaints filed with a disciplinary committee or State Bar of any state or province.  Plan Attorney shall update his/her U.S. Legal Services, Inc. profile so that it accurately reflects the legal matters, whether Covered or Non-Covered, that he/she will accept.

Representation

Plan Attorney must accept each Client who requests services or who is referred to him/her and give that Client prompt professional service.  Nevertheless, the Plan Attorney may reject a Client on reasonable grounds, which grounds may include referral of a legal matter not noted by the Plan Attorney on his/her application or updated U.S. Legal Services, Inc. profile.  The Plan Attorney will not reject any Client as a result of the amount of fees Plan Attorney may receive under the terms of the program.

Plan Attorney will not withdraw from representation until he/she has taken reasonable steps to avoid foreseeable prejudice to the rights of his/her Client.  The Plan Attorney will allow time for employment of other counsel, deliver all papers and property to the Client that they are entitled to receive, and comply with all applicable laws and rules.

If Plan Attorney rejects an eligible Client or withdraws from further representation of an eligible Client, Plan Attorney will promptly report to U.S. Legal Services, Inc. the reason for the rejection or withdrawal.  (The Plan Attorney will encourage the Client to call U.S. Legal Services, Inc. regarding further eligibility for services.)

If Plan Attorney does not feel he/she has the expertise required to assist a Client or feels that referral to another attorney is necessary to best serve the interests of the Client, Plan Attorney must inform the Client to call U.S. Legal Services, Inc. regarding their coverage rather than referring the Client to another attorney.

If the Plan Attorney determines that the matter for which the Client is seeking assistance is a Covered matter, and the Plan Attorney has not indicated in his/her application or updated U.S. Legal Services, Inc. profile that he/she handles Covered matters, then he/she will refer Client to U.S. Legal Services, Inc. for coverage information.  Before undertaking representation of a Client where the Client will be charged by the Plan Attorney, the Plan Attorney will ensure that the matter is Non-Covered and then will charge the Client only the appropriate reduced rate.

Plan Attorney is not to accept representation regarding any actions, proceeding, dispute or any matter against: U.S. Legal Services, Inc., the policyholder, the client’s employer, the client’s employee benefit plan providers or any vendor providing services to client’s employer-provided benefit plan regardless of who is paying for that representation.

Plan Attorney shall defend, indemnify and hold U.S. Legal Services, Inc. and Plan Sponsors harmless from any and all liability or alleged liability which may arise out of the acts or omissions of the Plan Attorney in the performance of services and carrying out his/her obligations to Clients.  “Liability” shall include, without limitation, any and all costs and expenses incurred, including reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs.  “Alleged Liability” shall include any and all claims and demands.

Records

Plan Attorney will keep accurate and current books and records concerning each eligible Client advised or represented, the subject on which advice was given or representation offered or provided, the length of any conferences, the amount of time spent by the Plan Attorney in providing advice or representation, the disposition of the matter, and any charges made to the eligible Client for legal services other than Covered services.  Each Plan Attorney shall make such books and records available to U.S. Legal Services, Inc. at reasonable times.  Nothing in the Agreement shall require Plan Attorney to reveal any confidential attorney-client information.  Plan Attorney acknowledges that U.S Legal Services, Inc. may have a fiduciary and/or regulatory obligation to access information within Client files to adequately administer payments under insurance ERISA qualified legal plans and, to the extent that Client interests are not prejudiced by doing so, agrees to seek waivers from Clients, where necessary, to assist U.S. Legal Services, Inc. to meet these obligations.

Publicizing Status

Plan Attorney will not promote or publicize his or her status as a Plan Attorney, except as permitted by U.S. Legal Services, Inc. and the Code of Professional Responsibility of the Sate Bar.  U.S. Legal Services, Inc. assumes no obligation for publication, referral or promotion of attorney’s status as a Plan Attorney.

 

Section 2.  Legal Service Fees

Payment for Non-Covered Services

Each Plan Attorney shall provide Non-Covered legal services under the program with a free initial consultation and with at least a 33% reduction and will calculate that reduction from his/her normal rates.  The Plan Attorney agrees to cooperate with U.S. Legal Services, Inc. by providing information on his/her normal rates.  The Plan Attorney certifies that the fee he/she charges a U.S. Legal Services, Inc. Client is truly a reduction from his/her normal fee for similar matters.  The Plan Attorney also agrees to notify U.S. Legal Services, Inc. immediately should his/her rate change.  Plan Attorney represents and warrants that the normal and reduced rate information supplied by Plan Attorney to U.S. Legal Services, Inc. is accurate, and that any changes thereto will be promptly communicated to U.S. Legal Services, Inc. and shall apply only to Clients who contract for services subsequent to the posting of such changed rates with new matters.  Plan Attorneys who provide services under the reduced rate program shall be paid directly by the Client.  U.S. Legal Services, Inc. will not be responsible for any fees or their collection under this program.

Plan Attorneys shall be allowed to bill Client subject to the exclusions, rules and conditions of payment in the following documents: this agreement and the plan descriptions.  The Agreement limits the terms of payment and the maximum fee that may be billed to Clients by Plan Attorneys for services rendered.  Wording of specific plans or policies shall determine exclusions.

Payments for Covered Services

Each Plan Attorney shall accept the amounts listed in the fee schedule as payment in full for Covered services to Clients and shall make no additional charges to the Client for attorney’s fees unless the plan description allows.  To the extent that benefits do not provide for filing fees, court costs, reporters’ fees and other miscellaneous costs in any proceeding, a Plan Attorney is entitled to obtain reimbursement from the Client for such out-of-pocket expenses.  Covered services may not be combined for any one matter to increase maximum fees.

Plan Attorneys who provide Covered services under the program shall be paid directly by U.S. Legal Services, Inc. upon submission of claims in acceptable form.  Plan Attorneys shall be paid subject to the exclusions, rules and conditions of payment in the following documents:  this Agreement, the reimbursement or fee schedule, and the plan descriptions.  This Agreement limits the terms of payment and the maximum fee that may be received by a Plan Attorney for services rendered to beneficiaries of U.S. Legal Services, Inc. plans.  Wording of specific plans or policies shall determine exclusions, coverage limitations and eligibility of Clients for Covered services.

Under no circumstances shall a Plan Attorney seek payment from a Client for Covered services that are provided under a U.S. Legal Services, Inc. plan or policy on a paid-in-full basis.

Plan Attorney agrees to contact U. S. Legal Services to ascertain the plan benefits available to each Plan Member and obtain the appropriate authorization for services prior to submitting claims for legal services rendered.  Additionally, Plan Attorney agrees to submit claims every ninety [90] days for ongoing legal matters and not more than ninety [90] days following the completion of any legal matter for which services have been rendered.

Fee Agreement

This Agreement takes precedence over any other fee agreement between the Plan Attorney and Client.

Each Plan Attorney shall provide U.S. Legal Services, Inc. Clients with a written fee agreement for Non-Covered matters.  Under no circumstances shall a Plan Attorney seek payment from a Client for Covered services that are provided under a U.S. Legal Services, Inc. plan or policy on a paid-in-full basis.

In the event that a plan sponsor terminates its relationship with U.S. Legal Services, Inc. prior to the conclusion of a Covered or Non-Covered representation and that legal matter was initiated prior to the date such termination became effective, the Plan Attorney will continue to provide services in accordance with the pre-termination coverage terms until the conclusion of the legal matter.

Section 3:  Additional Terms

Termination

An attorney’s status as a Plan Attorney may be terminated at any time by Attorney or by U.S. Legal Services, Inc.  Such notice shall be in writing, and become effective upon receipt by the other party.

In the event of expulsion, resignation or withdrawal, the Plan Attorney will still be bound by the obligations specified in the Agreement with respect to completion of legal services undertaken before expulsion or resignation and payment for such services.  The Plan Attorney will not undertake representation of additional Clients without first informing them he/she is no longer a member of the U.S. Legal Services, Inc. network.

Amendment

This Agreement, the Fee Schedule, specific Policy Exclusions and Plan Descriptions incorporated herein are subject to revocation, amendment or other modification at any time by U.S. Legal Services, Inc., but any such revocation, amendment or modification shall not abridge rights accrued or obligations incurred prior thereto.

Arbitration

Any dispute or disagreement arising out of the interpretation of this Agreement or out of the transactions covered by this Agreement shall be submitted to binding arbitration in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association as shall be in effect at the time of such dispute.  Such arbitration will be held in Florida unless a mutually agreed upon alternate site is selected.  The issues presented will be decided by a Board of Arbitration or Arbitration Panel that shall be appointed and shall act in the following manner:

  • Within thirty (30) days following notification by either party to this Agreement to the other of its intention to arbitrate, each party shall nominate an arbitrator. Should either party fail to nominate an arbitrator within the time prescribed, the other party shall nominate both arbitrators.
  • Within thirty (30) days after both arbitrators are nominated, those arbitrators shall select an umpire. If they are unable to agree upon an umpire, then both sides shall submit three names of potential umpires and the umpire shall be drawn by lot.
  • The moving party shall submit its claim within ten (10) days after the appointment of the Board of Arbitration, and the responding party shall submit its reply within thirty (30) days after receipt of the moving party’s claim.
  • The Board of Arbitration may, at its sole discretion, hold a hearing on the issues presented. The Board is relieved of any judicial formality and its decision shall be final and binding upon the parties.  The Board will render a written award or decision subscribed to by at least two (2) of its members.  Judgment upon the award of decision of the Board may be entered by any court of competent jurisdiction.
  • Each party will bear the expenses of its arbitrator and will share equally with the other party the expenses of the umpire and of the arbitration.

Non-Waiver

The failure of either party to enforce strict compliance with this Agreement, in whole or in part, or to exercise any right hereunder, shall not constitute a waiver of any rights herein contained and shall not be held to constitute a course of conduct or waiver of a subsequent breach of that or any other provision.

Effect of Invalid or Unenforceable Provision

If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable by reason of conflict with applicable law or regulation, the Agreement will be considered amended to the minimum extent necessary to give effect to the balance of the Agreement as if the offending provision(s) were not present.

Governance

This Agreement has been entered into and shall be governed for all matters concerning validity, performance and interpretation under the laws of the State of Florida.

Attorney’s Certification

By signing the Attorney Application, I certify my agreement to be bound by the terms of the U.S. Legal Services, Inc. Attorney Agreement, Reimbursement Fee Schedule, Plan Descriptions, Specific Plan and Policy Exclusions and any subsequent revisions thereof.

PARTICIPATING ATTORNEY FEE REIMBURSEMENT SCHEDULE – STANDARD

 

  1. I. INDEX OF COVERAGES

This Fee Schedule contains a list of covered services that may be available to a plan member.  Inclusion of a benefit on this schedule does not guarantee that particular benefit is available to every plan member.

ATTORNEY IS REQUIRED TO CONTACT U. S. LEGAL SERVICES FOR AUTHORIZATION BEFORE ANY WORK IS DONE OR CLAIM[S] ARE SUBJECT TO DENIAL.

Authorizations may be secured by contacting U.S. Legal Services via email at authorizations@uslegalservices.net, or by calling Provider Relations at 1-844-894-LAWS [5297].

Please note that when submitting a Claim, it is important to include the requested supporting documentation.  Failure to do so may delay or result in denial of payment.  Required supporting documentation for each legal matter can be found on our website at www.uslegalservices.net under “Requirements to Process Claim” immediately before the link “Upload Claim Attachment”.  Claims must be submitted at least every ninety [90] days.  Claims aged ninety [90] days or older are subject to denial.

 

 FAMILY PLAN

 SECTION

 Administrative Agency Proceedings  VIII
 Advice, Review/Consultation Services   II
 Adoption Proceedings  VII
 Bankruptcy [Non-Business Chapter 7 and Chapter 13]  XIII
 Child Custody/Child Support  V and VI
 Civil Dispute Proceedings  IV
 Civil Dispute Arbitration  IV
 Consumer Debt Defense  IV
 Consumer Protection  [See Policy]
 Contingency Fee Cases  XXII
 Criminal Defense  XVI
 Debt Collection Defense  IV
 Defense in Civil Damage Claims  IV
 Department of Children and Family Services
 Document Preparation  XIX
 Domestic Violence
 Driving While Intoxicated [DUI/DWI]  XVI
 Durable Power of Attorney  XVII
 Elder Law Consultations  XXIII
 Estate Administration/Probate  XVIII
 Expungement  XII
 Family Law – Dissolution, Divorce, Annulment  V
 Family Law – Post Decree Matters  VI
 Family Law – Other Domestic Related Coverages
 Garnishment Defense  IV
 Guardianship/Conservatorship  XIV
 Habeas Corpus  XVI
 Healthcare Directive/Living Will  XVII
 Hearings  III
 Immigration  X
 IRS Audit Protection and Collection Defense  IX
 Juvenile Court Proceedings  XV
 Landlord/Tenant  IV
 Mediation  III
 Modification or Enforcement Proceedings  VI
 Name Change  XI
 Personal Violence/Stalking/Harassment/RestrainingOrder  IV
 Pre-nuptial/Pre-marital/Post-nuptial Agreements
 QDRO [Qualified Domestic Relations Order]  VI
 Real Estate Transactions[Purchase and/or Sale of Personal Residence]  XX
 Refinancing Primary Residence  XX
 Revocable/Irrevocable Living Trust  XVII
 Small Claims Court  IV
 Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid/VeteransAdministration
 Traffic and Driving Privilege Protection  XXI
 Trials  III
 Wills and Trusts  XVII

 

BUSINESS PLAN

SECTION

Business Organizations XXIV
Business Law Consultations XXV
Business Document Review and Preparation XXVI
Material, Labor Liens and Notices to Owner XXVII
Debt Collection and Worthless Checks XXVIII
Business Insurance Law XXIX
Non-Residential Real Estate XXX
Letters and Phone Calls XXXI
Americans With Disabilities Act  XXXII
Civil Rights  XXXIII
Garnishments or Attachments  XXXIV
Pension and Salary Deferment Plans  XXXV
Workers Compensation  XXXVI
Major Litigation Defense for Criminal and Civil Cases  XXXVII

                               

Note:  All court related costs and out of pocket expenses are the responsibility of the plan member.  Court related expenses include but are not limited to filing fees, process server fees, court reporter expenses and may include reasonable travel time or mileage.

FAMILY COVERAGE

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

II.  ADVICE AND REVIEW/CONSULTATION SERVICES FEE AMOUNT PAID
The following fees for advice and review apply to most coverages except where otherwise denoted.  Please verify the specific coverage to determine what service level is applicable in your case. Compensation is a flat fee unless otherwise noted.  
Advice and Review/Consultation Service Only and Negotiation  
A.      Advice and document review only.  No correspondence, negotiations, document preparation, no calls to third parties. $100
OR  
B.      Advice, review, telephone communications and/or correspondence only. $120
OR  
C.      Advice, review and preparation of documents, and negotiations only. No pleadings prepared, no pending litigation or formal appearances in proceedings. $160
 

 

 
III.  HEARINGS: [Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]  
A.  For telephonic hearings, Case Management Conferences and Calendar Call appearances [per hearing].  

$100

B.   For hearings with Court appearance [Motion Hearings and Pre-trials]. $120
C.   For Court hearing with witnesses and affidavits utilized to adduce evidence. $160
D.  Attendance at mediation. $400
E.   Trial  
1.             Court of Limited Jurisdiction: $400 per ½ day for the first two [2] days of trial.  $400 per day for each additional day from day three [3] through completion up to a maximum of $10,000.

2.             General Civil Trial Court: $400 per ½ day for the first two [2] days of trial.  $400 per day for each additional day from day three [3] through completion up to a maximum of $15,000.

 

IV.  CIVIL PROCEEDINGS: [Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]  
A.                           FLAT FEE CIVIL COVERAGES  
1.       Small Claims – Plaintiff or Defendant: Representation of Named Participant, whether as plaintiff or defendant, based on the individual state’s jurisdictional limit for Small Claims Court [NOT County Court or Circuit Court]. Fees listed for each stage below can be billed once per case.

·         Document preparation and first court appearance.

·         Attendance at trial if required.

 

 

 

 

$200

$120

2.       Landlord/Tenant – Tenant Only

Fees listed for each stage below can be billed once per case.

·         Correspondence/Negotiations

·         Eviction Defense

·         Security Deposit Dispute

 

 

$150

$400

$150

3.       Garnishment Defense

Defense of garnishment action against the Named Participant, including attendance at maximum of one [1] hearing.

 

 

$280

B.   COURT OF LIMITED JURIDSICTION:  Representation of Named Participant, whether as Plaintiff or Defendant, in proceedings in any civil court of limited civil jurisdiction (e.g. County Court, Justice of the Peace, Magistrate, City Courts, etc.) [NOT Small Claims Court.]  Fees listed for each stage below can be billed once per case and stages (1) through (9) may be cumulated for work actually performed through the point of final resolution, not to exceed $1,815.00, excluding trial.  
1.       Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
2.       Miscellaneous client conferences, telephone calls, emails and correspondence, including negotiation and settlement proceedings prior to filing any motions or requests for discovery.  

 

$100

3.       Preparation and filing of initial pleading [i.e. Complaint, Answer or Motion to Dismiss].  

$160

4.       Preparation of pleadings and/or responses thereto, including Motions in connection with the pleadings.  

$160

5.       Initiating Discovery, including Motions connected with Discovery. $175
6.       Responding to Discovery, including Motions connected with Discovery. $240
7.       Filing and briefing of Dispositive Motions (i.e. Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings, Summary Judgment, etc.).  

$240

8.       For hearing attendance in connection with litigation up to trial [maximum of two [2] hearings]. $120

per hearing

9.       Attendance at Mediation. $400
10.   Trial: $400 per ½ day for the first two [2] days of trial.  $400 per day for each additional day from day three [3] through completion up to a maximum of $10,000.  
C.      GENERAL CIVIL COURT: Representation of Named Participant, whether as plaintiff or defendant, in a jurisdiction’s general civil trial court (e.g. Circuit Court, Court of Common Pleas, etc. [NOT Small Claims Court or County Court]). Fees listed for each stage below can be billed once per case and stages (1) through (9) may be cumulated for work actually performed through the point of final resolution, not to exceed $2,150.00, excluding trial.  
1.   Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
2.   Miscellaneous client conferences, telephone calls, emails and correspondence, including negotiation and settlement proceedings prior to filing any motions or requests for discovery.  

 

$100

3.   Preparation and filing of initial pleading [i.e. Complaint, Answer or Motion to Dismiss].  

$150

4.   Preparation of pleadings and/or responses thereto, including Motions in connection with the pleadings  

$160

5.   Initiating Discovery, including Motions connected with Discovery. $200
6.   Responding to Discovery, including Motions connected with Discovery $400
7.   Filing and briefing of Dispositive Motions (i.e. Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings, Summary Judgment, etc.).  

$400

8.   For hearing attendance in connection with litigation up to trial [maximum of three [3] hearings]. $120

per hearing

9.   Attendance at Mediation. $400
10.   Trial: $400 per ½ day for the first two [2] days of trial.  $400 per day for each additional day from day three [3] through completion up to a maximum of $15,000  
D.      Arbitration – Representation of Named Participant in any contractual mandatory Arbitration:

1.       If resolved prior to Arbitration Hearing

2.       If resolved after Arbitration Hearing

 

 

$300

$400

Civil Other: Personal Violence/Stalking/Harassment/Restraining Order:

Initial consultation, review of documents and advice including pleading and/or document preparation.

AND

Attendance at hearing [maximum of 2].

 

 

$400

 

$120

per hearing

 
V.  FAMILY LAW – DISSOLUTION, DIVORCE, ANNULMENT

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

A.    Uncontested Proceedings
1.            Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
AND  
2.             Pleadings, document preparation and appearance at final hearing where there are no child custody or child support issues and no separate maintenance issues.  

 

$400

OR  
FAMILY LAW – DISSOLUTION, DIVORCE, ANNULMENT [continued]  
3.             Pleadings, document preparation and attendance at final hearing where there are no child custody or child support issues but there are agreements for property settlement and assumption of debts.  

 

$550

OR  
4.             Pleadings, document preparation and attendance at final hearing where there are agreements on child custody, visitation and support, property settlement and assumption of debts.  

 

$750

B.     Contested Proceedings

[Contact Authorizations to determine Family Law coverage hours available to your Plan Member]

 
1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
2.             Pleadings and document preparation, including property settlement agreement, assumption of debts, child support, custody, visitation, protective orders, extensive Discovery, appearances on Motions, Pre-trial or Settlement Conferences, Mediation and Arbitration hearings, all Pre-trial work and Trial work and/or Final hearing. Bill U. S. Legal every 90 days up to the covered maximum number of hours at $100.00 per hour.  For additional hours bill Plan Member at 1/3 off your normal hourly rate.  Contact USL for maximum number of hours allowed for Plan Member.
** Broward County Government employees are entitled to a rate of $89 per hour for any remaining hours necessary for Family Law issues
*** Miami Dade County Public School employees are entitled to a rate of $70 per hour for any remaining hours necessary for Family Law issues.
 

 

 

VI.          FAMILY LAW – POST DECREE MATTERS

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
AND  
A.      Uncontested Proceedings  
To modify or enforce a divorce decree, annulment decree; modify or enforce alimony; modify or enforce child support, custody or visitation.

1.             Where representing the initiating party.

OR

2.             Where representing the responding party.

 

 

$300

 

$150

OR  
FAMILY LAW – POST DECREE MATTERS [continued]  
B.      Contested Proceedings

[Contact Authorizations to determine Family Law coverage hours available to your Plan Member]

 
1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
AND  
2.                    To modify or enforce a divorce decree, annulment decree, or legal separation agreement; modify or enforce alimony; modify or enforce child support, custody or visitation settlement agreement, assumption of debts, child support, custody, visitation, protective orders, extensive Discovery, appearances on Motions, Pre-trial or Settlement Conferences, Mediation and Arbitration hearings, all Pre-trial work and Trial work and/or Final hearing. Bill U. S. Legal every 90 days up to the covered maximum number of hours at $100.00 per hour.  For additional hours bill Plan Member at 1/3 off your normal hourly rate. Contact USL for maximum number of hours allowed for Plan Member
** Broward County Government employee issues involving the modification of child custody are entitled to an additional 5 hours per year.
*** Broward County Government employees are entitled to a rate of $89 per hour for any remaining hours necessary for Family Law issues.
**** Miami Dade County Public School employees are entitled to a rate of $70 per hour for any remaining hours necessary for Family Law issues.
OTHER FAMILY LAW/DOMESTIC RELATED COVERAGES:

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

 
Pre-nuptial/pre-marital agreements OR post-nuptial agreement:  Between a Named Participant and the prospective spouse or spouse.  

$360

QDRO:  This service is not a benefit included under the Plan and is considered a Referral.  Where required, if QDRO is:

 

Prepared by Troyan, Inc. per contract with U. S. Legal Services, fee is billed directly to member. [Contact Rodney Troyan at 877-443-4867].

OR if

Prepared by Network Attorney.

REFERRAL

 

 

$350

 

 

Bill member at 1/3 off normal hourly rate

Department of Children and Family Services:  Representation of insured member in matters relating to DCFS or related entity.  Unless specifically mentioned elsewhere in the policy this benefit is considered a Referral. REFERRAL

Bill member at 1/3 off normal hourly rate

OTHER FAMILY LAW/DOMESTIC RELATED COVERAGES [continued]  
Protection from Domestic Violence:  For services rendered in representing Named Plan Member, whether initiating or responding party.

AND

Attendance at hearing [maximum of 2].

 

$400

 

$120

per hearing

Personal Violence/Stalking/Harassment/Restraining Order:

Initial consultation, review of documents and advice including pleading and/or document preparation.

AND

Attendance at hearing [maximum of 2].

 

 

$400

 

$120

per hearing

VII.         ADOPTION PROCEEDINGS

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
Uncontested Proceedings:

2.                    Negotiations, pleading and document preparation and filing, prior to final hearing.

AND

3.                    Attendance of a maximum of two [2] hearings.

OR

Contested Proceedings

Fee listed for each stage below can be billed once per case and for stages (1) through (3) of the litigation may be cumulated for work actually performed through the point of resolution.  In addition, hearings as described in (4) are available.

1.            Case assessment and advice

2.            Drafting pleadings and other documents

3.            Discovery and expert consultations

4.            Appearance at a maximum of four [4] hearings

 

 

$500

 

$120

per hearing

 

 

 

 

 

$250

$300

$500

$120

per hearing

SOCIAL SECURITY/MEDICARE/MEDICAID/VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
This service is not a benefit included under the Plan and is considered a Referral.  Fees for any attorney services required are controlled by the attorney fee provisions of Federal and/or State statute and the terms of said statutes shall control.
VIII.        ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCY PROCEEDINGS

                [Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
2.                    Administrative Matters, Non-Specific:  Negotiations, document review and preparation, assistance in the processing of applications or petitions and preparation of Motion.

AND

3.                    Required attendance at settlement conferences and/or Administrative hearings [maximum of 2]

$100 per hour, maximum of three [3] hours

 

$120

per hearing

IX.  IRS AUDIT PROTECTION AND COLLECTION DEFENSE:

[Not all legal plans provide IRS Audit Protection and Collection Defense coverage.] [Call for authorization – exclusions may apply]

1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
2.                    Advice and negotiation prior to audit. $420
3.                    Representation at an IRS audit. $900
4.                      IRS Collection Defense. $400 per day for trial not to exceed $7,500

X.            IMMIGRATION

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
1.       Visa Extensions:  Advice, consultation, preparation and filing of application for extension of any existing visas where eligible for said extensions. $100 per hour, Maximum 7 hours
2.       Naturalization:  Advice, consultation, preparation and filing of applications for naturalization before the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. $100 per hour, Maximum 7 hours
3.       Deportation (now known as Removal): Advice, consultation and appearance before U.S. Immigration Court to provide members with Defense of Removal actions and/or applications for Relief from Removal before the Immigration Judge. $100 per hour, Maximum 7 hours

XI.           NAME CHANGE [Limit one (1) per year]

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

Initial consultation, advice, negotiations, preparation of pleadings and filing of petition, including attendance at hearings. $320
XII.         EXPUNGEMENT

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]
Initial consultation, advice, negotiations, evidence development, document and pleading preparation, appearances on motions or conferences and hearings. $320
XIII.        NON-BUSINESS BANKRUPTCY

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
AND
A.                   Personal/Non-Business Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Document review, preparation of petition and schedules and filing, representation at all required meetings and hearings, including 341 Meeting of Creditors.  In the event no case is filed, please contact USL for further authorization. Individual/Joint

$950

B.                   Personal/Non-Business Chapter 13 Bankruptcy  
Document review, preparation of petition and schedules, filing, representation at all required meetings and hearings, including 341 Meeting of Creditors.  In the event no case is filed, please contact USL for further authorization. Individual/Joint

$1,200

Other coverages:

[Call for authorization – exclusions may apply.]

 
Creditor reaffirmations or post confirmation amendments [Limit 3/Joint or 2/Individual] $150
Defense of Trustee Motions $150
Post Confirmation Amendments $150
Adversary Proceeding $150
Modification of Plan [Referral/Discounted Rate] Referral – Bill Plan Member directly at 1/3 off normal hourly rate
Abandoned action: Services rendered including initial consultation, document review, preparation of petition and schedules, but no case is filed because Named Participant decides not to proceed.  [Total benefit available whether individual or joint.  Subject to review by claims specialist.]  

  $500
XIV.        GUARDIANSHIP/CONSERVATORSHIP

[Call for authorization – exclusions may apply.]

 
1.           Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
A.      Uncontested/Voluntary Proceedings  
1.             Pleading and document preparation, and filing.

AND

2.             Appearance at a maximum of two [2] hearings.

$300

 

$120 per hearing

B.      Contested Proceedings

[Call for authorization – exclusions may apply.]

 
1.             Negotiations, pleading and document preparation, and filing for appointment of emergency guardian.

AND/OR

2.             For determination of incapacity and/or appointment of guardian or conservator (full or limited) of an adult.

GUARDIANSHIP/CONSERVATORSHIP [continued]

 

$300

 

 

$560

AND

3.             Appearance at a maximum of four [4] hearings.

 

$120

per hearing

C.      Initial Annual Accounting for Guardianship [Limited to initial accounting only.] $160
XV.         JUVENILE COURT PROCEEDINGS

[Call for authorization – exclusions may apply.]

 
1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
A.      Misdemeanor Defense

[Fee paid for level at which matter is resolved]

1.             Arraignment, negotiations and disposition.

OR

2.             Arraignment, negotiations, pre-trial and trial.

OR

 

 

$400

 

$700

B.      Felony Defense: [Not all legal plans provide felony coverage.] [Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice.  Where felony coverage is not provided by the Member’s Plan, any additional services are billed to Member at a 1/3 discount off Participating Attorney’s normal hourly rate for Named Participant only.

OR

2.             Initial appearance.

OR

3.             Initial appearance, arraignment, and plea negotiations only.

OR

4.             Initial appearance, arraignment, plea negotiations, all pre-trial work and sentencing.

AND

5.             Trial up to and including three [3] days.

OR

 

 

 

 

$100

 

 

$500

 

$1,500

 

$1,800

 

 

$400 per day

C.       Proceedings regarding parental responsibilities

1.             Initial appearance, negotiations, drafting of pleading and document preparation and other pre-hearing services.

AND

2.             In addition, for appearance at a maximum of 2 hearings.

 

 $160 $120

per hearing

XVI.        DEFENSE OF CRIMINAL CHARGES

[Call for authorization – exclusions may apply.]

 
1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
A.      Misdemeanor Defense [Including first DUI]

1.             Arraignment only.

OR

2.             Arraignment, plea negotiations, pre-trial and disposition only.

AND

3.             For additional required court appearance at hearings [Maximum of two [2].

 

$160

 

$400

 

$120

per hearing

D.      Criminal Felony: [Not all legal plans provide criminal felony coverage.] [Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

1. Initial consultation, review of documents and advice.  Where felony coverage is not provided by the Member’s Plan, any additional services are billed to Member at a 1/3 discount off Participating Attorney’s normal hourly rate for Named Participant only.

OR

2.             Initial appearance.

OR

3.             Initial appearance, arraignment, and plea negotiations only.

OR

4.             Initial appearance, arraignment, plea negotiations, all pre-trial work and sentencing.

AND

5.             Trial up to and including three [3] days.

 

 

 

 

 

$100

 

$500

 

$1,500

 

$1,800

 

 

$400 per day

E.       Habeas Corpus $500
XVII.      WILLS AND TRUSTS

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

 
1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
A.            Simple Will Package:  Includes Simple Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Advanced Health Care Directive, Living Will and/or Pre-Need Guardian.

1.             Advice, preparation and execution.

a.             Single Testator

b.             Husband and Wife

 

 

 

 

$175

$200

B.             Will with Testamentary Trust: Includes Will with Testamentary Trust, Durable Power of Attorney, Advanced Health Care Directive, Living Will and/or Pre- Need Guardian.

1.                    Preparation, review and execution of documents (No tax planning required).

a.    Single Testator

b.    Husband and Wife

 

 

 

 

 

$300

$375

C.             Codicil or Amendment/Revision of Will:  Advice, preparation, and execution. $50
WILLS AND TRUSTS [continued]  
D.                  Living Trust [Revocable and Irrevocable].**

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply.]

Advice, preparation and execution of a Living Trust drafted by experienced Plan Attorney.  Revocable or irrevocable living trust provision (as needed) plus the following:

1.                    Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Management, Advance Health Care Directive, Pour-Over Wills, Bills of Sale and/or Transfer Deeds.

a.             Individual Testator

b.             Member and Spouse

**This service does not include tax planning or services associated with funding the trust after it is created.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$400

$500

XVIII.     ESTATE ADMINISTRATION/PROBATE

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
Representation of the Named Participant (and eligible family members) in the probate of the estate of a deceased Named Participant (and eligible family members), assistance in administering the Named Participant’s estate, including the applicable property transfers and court appearances. Attorney’s fees are regulated by statute and are to be collected from Named Participant’s estate, as approved by the probate court.

XIX.        SPECIFIC DOCUMENT PREPARATION

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

Preparation of Documents:  This service covers preparation of letters that demand money, property or other personal interest of the Named Participant, deeds and mortgages (except those related to purchase, sale or refinancing of property), lease agreements (lessee only), warranties, bills of sale applications, installment sales contracts, promissory notes and affidavits, related to a Named Participant’s personal property or consumer credit contract. [For Estate Planning documents see Section XVII] $50 per document
XX.         REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

                [Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

 
1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
A.            Sale or Purchase of Primary Residence  
1.             Legal advice, preparation of purchase and sales agreements, review and preparation of closing documents in a transaction which terminates prior to closing. [Limited to one failed closing.] $100 per hour

Maximum three [3] hours

2.             Legal advice, preparation of purchase and sales agreements, review and preparation of closing documents and attendance at closing.  

$400

3.             Review of documents and attendance at closing only. $120
REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS [continued]  
B.            New Construction of Residence  
1.             Legal advice, preparation of purchase and sales agreements, review and preparation of closing documents in a transaction which terminates prior to closing. [Limited to one failed closing.] $100 per hour

Maximum three [3] hours

2.             Legal advice, preparation of purchase and sales agreements, review and preparation of closing documents and attendance at closing.  

$400

3.             Review of documents and attendance at closing only. $120
C.            Refinance of Residence  
1.             Legal advice, review and preparation of documents in a transaction which terminates prior to closing. [Limited to one failed closing.] $100 per hour

Maximum three [3] hours

2.             Advice and review and preparation of documents in a transaction which closes. $100 per hour

Maximum three [3] hours

3.             Advice, review and preparation of closing documents and attendance at closing as “settlement agent”.  

$350
XXI.        TRAFFIC AND DRIVING PRIVILEGE PROTECTION  
1.             Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
OR

A.            Driving Privilege Protection:   Traffic Offenses (non-criminal moving violations, excluding parking tickets, equipment violations, toll violations, sound ordinance, seatbelt violations and camera violations commonly referred to as red light tickets).  Fees are for each incident, not for each count.

1.             Arraignment, plea negotiations, all pre-trial work and disposition, and first hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$200

B.             Administrative Driving Privilege Suspension/Revocation Hearings:  Advice, negotiations, document preparation, assistance in the filing and processing of applications or petitions, preparation for motions, conferences and administrative hearings.  

 

$100 per hour, maximum five [5] hours

XXII.  CONTINGENCY FEE CASES [Plaintiff only. Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice]
This coverage is included in all plans, but cannot be used for any legal matter specifically excluded in the U.S. Legal Policy.  In any civil case which attorney’s fees are recoverable by contract or by statute, then the attorney may enter a fee for services agreement with the Plan Member, calling for a reasonable attorney’s fee, as awarded by the Court in the action.  Any contingency fee agreement specifying maximum percentages of net recovery must be signed by Named Participant and Participating Attorney and the contingent fee cannot exceed 25% of the net recovery if successfully resolved before or after trial, or cannot exceed 30% of the net recovery if successfully resolved only after an appeal. The Plan Member will be obligated to pay the attorney a reasonable fee as determined by the Court in litigation, contingent upon collection from the adverse party.  Any attorney fees recovered shall be the property of the attorney, however, the first $1,000 of any recovery shall be exempt from any fee.
XXIII.     ELDER LAW CONSULTATIONS

[Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

Limit one [1] consultation per legal issue per year.

 
                Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
1.  Elder Fraud, Schemes or Scams

2.  Planning for Incapacity

3.  Health Care Decisions

4.  Financial Planning

5.  Debt and Consumer Counseling

6.  Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts and Living Trust

Any additional services required will be billed directly to the Plan Member at a 1/3 discount off your normal hourly rate.

BUSINESS COVERAGE

[Not all legal plans provide Business coverage.] [Call for authorization.  Exclusions may apply.]

XXIV      BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS

                [Call for authorization, exclusions may apply]

                Initial consultation, review of documents and advice. $100
Attorney will prepare and file necessary documents for formation of a Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Limited Liability Partnership, Partnership or other business entity.  For filing purposes only, does not include preparation of By-Laws, Amendments or any other corporate documents [Limit one [1] business entity per year].  

 

$160

XXV.      BUSINESS LAW CONSULTATIONS $100
XXVI.     BUSINESS DOCUMENT REVIEW AND PREPARATION
A.            Review and/or preparation of documents or legal forms normal or customary to the plan member’s business. $50

per document

B.             Preparation of routine contracts normal and customary to the plan member’s business. [Limit two [2] per year.] $175

per document
BUSINESS COVERAGE [continued]  
XXVII.    MATERIAL, LABOR LIENS AND NOTICES TO OWNER  
A.            Preparation of Notice to Owner and/or lien forms. [Limit four [4] liens per year.

B.             Preparation and filing of normal and customary legal pleadings relating to lien foreclosure.

C.             Attendance at any hearings necessitated by lien foreclosure litigation instituted by plan member. [Limit three [3] hearings.]

$35

 per document

 

$160

$120

per hearing

XXVIII.  DEBT COLLECTION AND WORTHLESS CHECKS

                [Limited to 3 items per year]

A.                  Preparation and filing of normal and customary legal pleadings related to debt collection and worthless checks.

B.                  Attendance at any hearings necessitated by debt collection and worthless checks litigation instituted by plan member. [Limit 3 hearings.]

 

 

$160

 

$120

per hearing

BUSINESS COVERAGE [continued]  
XXIX.     BUSINESS INSURANCE LAW

A.            Legal advice and document review only, no correspondence, negotiations, document preparation, calls to third parties, etc.

 

 $100
XXX.       NON-RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE

A.            Advice and document review only, no correspondence, negotiations, document preparation, calls to third parties, etc.

OR

B.            Sale or Purchase of Non-Residential Property (where coverage available) Limited to two properties which must be a second home, vacation home or residential investment property, either single family or unit within multiple dwelling (townhouse or condo).

1.             Legal advice, review and preparation of documents in a transaction which terminates prior to closing.

OR

2.             Advice and review of documents in a transaction which closes.

OR

3.             Legal advice, review and preparation of closing documents and attendance at closing.

 

 

$100

 

 

 

 

 

$100 per hour

maximum three [3] hours

 

$250

 

$420

XXXI.     LETTERS AND PHONE CALLS

A.            Letters written and phone calls made on behalf of the business to resolve a legal situation or controversy.
 

 

$100

XXXII.    AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

A.            Advice and consultation concerning ADA.
 

$100

XXXIII.   CIVIL RIGHTS

A.                   Advice and consultation concerning discrimination

under Title VII.

 

 $100
XXXIV. GARNISHMENTS OR ATTACHMENTS

A.            File legal response on behalf of plan member or business as the result of any garnishment or attachment on money, wages or property held for others.
$160
XXXV.   
PENSION AND SALARY DEFERMENT PLANSA.            Advice and consultation in establishing or maintaining a pension, salary deferment or savings plan.
 

 $100
XXXVI. WORKERS COMPENSATION

A.            Advice and consultation regarding compliance or claims made by employees.

 

 $100
XXXVII. MAJOR LITIGATION DEFENSE FOR CRIMINAL AND CIVIL CASES

A.            Representation of insured as defendant, in a civil or criminal court, when insured sued in a civil action or indicted in criminal matter.

$100 per hour, maximum of ten [10] hours