PERSONAL AND FAMILY LEGAL MATTERS

Many people need legal assistance at some point to manage challenging life events such as divorce or personal injury. The services of a legal professional can be critical to reaching outcomes or agreements that help individuals and families get through difficult circumstances

Our Family Defender plan provides affordable access to attorney services in a wide range of family and domestic law issues

Because the coverage included in your group’s U.S. Legal Services legal insurance plan may vary, please check with your group’s administrator for specific benefit details.

Divorce, Child Support and Child Custody

Attorneys with experience in divorce proceedings and child support and custody matters may provide counsel on a number of related issues, such as property division and calculating spousal or child support. Depending upon the specific benefits in your plan, the attorneys in the U.S. Legal Services network are available to help with divorce matters, providing services such as:

  • Free consultations
  • The preparation and filing of pleading and affidavits
  • Drafting settlement agreements
  • Representation at hearings for divorce

Additional services may include:

  • The modification or enforcement of alimony or child support orders, which covers representation after a judgment has been entered
  • The establishment of an uncontested guardianship or conservatorship for plan members who are appointed as a person’s guardian or conservator

Adoptions

Every adoption case is different, and an attorney’s help is essential to managing the complex process of adoption. There are many variables, such as the type of adoption, various state laws, where the child is from and more. Your U.S. Legal Services plan covers all legal services and court work in state court for adoptions.

Juvenile Defense

Juvenile defense is a specialized area of family law, and juvenile offenses are managed differently than adult offenses. When a child is accused of an offense, he or she needs expert representation to navigate juvenile defense proceedings.

Personal Injury

Personal injury legal services can cover a range of events, including but not limited to wrongful death, vehicular accidents, injuries or accidents in workplaces,  and defective products. A variety of issues can be factors in personal injury law, such as medical treatment costs, pain and suffering, damage to personal property, long-term care, permanent disability, wage loss, and more.

Landlord/Tenant Law

This area of law deals with the rights of both landlords and tenants, which may vary from state to state. Issues may include leases and rental agreements, security deposits, housing discrimination, rights to privacy and safety, responsibilities for repairs or maintenance, evictions, and more.

Wills and Trusts

The Family Defender not only covers unexpected legal issues our members may face today, but also provides access to network attorneys who can assist with estate planning. Every family — not just those with substantial wealth — can and should plan for the future by having estate-related documents in place. These include:

  • Wills that specify the distribution of property or other assets and name guardians for children
  • Trusts that can be used to distribute property before, upon or after death
  • Living will that specify healthcare wishes

Consult with a Network Attorney

If you have a personal or family legal need and are a member of a U.S. Legal Services plan, you may have access to a network attorney in your area who can advise you. Check with your group’s plan administrator for the specific benefits your plan offers.

This information is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice. Each situation and matter is unique and should be discussed with a U.S. Legal Services network attorney.