Legal | Metlife

Legal | Metlife

Legal Insurance

Life is filled with moments where you might need legal help. With MetLife Legal Plans,  getting legal help is easy and cost effective.

Here's what you need to know

This plan gives you and your family access to a network of over 18,000 experienced attorneys nationwide who are available to help you when you need it.

 

You’re protected by a reliable resource you can turn to for a wide range of legal needs. That includes needs that are part of good planning – and also those that happen when you encounter challenging situations you don’t expect. 

 

Network attorneys can help with many legal issues, including but not limited to these:

 

  • Wills, trusts, and estate planning (power of attorney)
  • Real estate and home ownership (buying/selling contracts, negotiations, deeds)
  • Traffic matters (drivers license restoration, traffic tickets)1
  • Family law matters (name change, adoption)
  • Small claims court
  • Consumer protection issues (auto repair, consumer fraud)
  • Personal property disputes
  • Debt-related matters (bankruptcy, debt collection)
  • Landlord/tenant matters (contracts, eviction, disputes, security deposit return)

 

There are no additional fees or copayments when using a network attorney. Beyond that, you also have the flexibility to use a non-network attorney and get reimbursed for covered services according to the fixed amount (indemnity) benefits under your legal plan.2

We encounter numerous legal matters throughout the course of our lives. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a legal expert on your side who could help guide you through these situations? With MetLife, now you have access to legal professionals who can help advocate for your best interests. 

 

Beyond providing access to network attorneys, plan benefits include:

 

  • Unlimited use of network attorneys for covered issues3
  • Online digital estate planning tool—create wills and trusts, healthcare proxies, and power of attorney documents
  • Many other self-help legal forms (with variations by state) you can download from the comfort of your home
  • An online tool to send questions to an attorney
  • No claim forms required when you use the services

 

It's also invaluable when you want to have clout and get action in a dispute. For example:

 

  • Taking legal action to resolve a contract dispute with a home improvement contractor or a landlord, or a refund dispute
  • Fighting a traffic violation ticket in court
  • Navigating your way through a consumer fraud or an identity theft issue

 

You are encouraged to use the plan to resolve as many legal issues as possible, even if they are pre-existing matters. The only pre-existing matters that are not covered are those for which you have retained an attorney before becoming eligible for plan benefits. This is necessary to protect the existing attorney-client relationship.

 

MetLife Legal Plans takes the guesswork out of finding an attorney. Once you and your family members are covered, you know exactly where you can turn for legal help, without an expensive hourly rate.

These are the periods when you are eligible to enroll: 

 

  • Within your new hire enrollment period
  • If you have a qualifying life event (you get married, have a baby, etc.)
  • During Iron Mountain's annual enrollment

 

As a new hire, you can enroll within 30 days of your benefits eligible date. Outside of your new hire enrollment period, enrollment is limited to the Iron Mountain's annual enrollment period. $15.00 per month, via payroll deduction, covers you, your spouse/domestic partner and dependents.

 

Note: When you enroll, you are enrolling for the full plan year and must remain in the plan until the next annual enrollment period.

How It Works

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Enroll in the Legal Plan

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Contact a network attorney

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Receive unlimited legal advice & assistance

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Pay nothing – most services are covered in full 

You recently had a child and decide it’s time to create a will.

Because you’re enrolled in your Legal Plan, you’re covered.

Choose to create a will online using state-specific documents, on your own time, in as little as 15 minutes. Or visit a network attorney, who will help you create and file your estate planning documents. Either way, you save time, money, and stress so you can enjoy more time with your family.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Who is the provider?

    MetLife

     

    MetLife Legal Plans is the country’s largest provider of legal voluntary benefits, serving over 5 million people at about 5,000 organizations, including over 220 of Fortune 500® companies. We have over 45 years of experience in employee legal services and are committed to providing excellent care to our plan members, sponsors and network attorneys.

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  • Who in my family is eligible for this program?

    You, your spouse/domestic partner and qualifying dependents under the age of 26 are eligible. You must be enrolled in coverage for members of your family to also enroll. 
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  • How much does this coverage cost?

    $15.00 per month covers you, your spouse/domestic partner and dependents.
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  • What if my employment status changes?

    Good news, your benefit is portable for up to 12 months! If you leave or retire from Iron Mountain, you can continue your coverage without interruption (subject to applicable laws and the plan’s terms and conditions). Instead of payroll deductions, you would have to pay the premium directly to MetLife Legal Plans via credit card (higher rates may apply) or check.  You must apply for portability within 30 days of your last day of employment. Portability coverage will take effect, subject to payment of the initial premium, as of the date your coverage under the group policy terminates. To learn more about an individual legal plan, visit MetLife.com/individual-legal-plans.
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  • When would my coverage start?

    Coverage is effective on the 1st of the month after coverage is approved by MetLife.
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  • What attorney can I use?

    You'll have access to a nationwide network of more than 18,000 participating attorneys from which to choose. If you stay within the network, covered legal services are provided with no additional attorney fees. You also have the flexibility to use an out-of-network attorney and get reimbursed for covered services according to a set fee schedule.

     

    After you enroll, you can visit members.legalplans.com to find a network attorney near you.

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  • What kind of credentials do these attorneys have?

    Our network attorneys:

    • Are vetted for years of experience, graduation from an accredited law school, and in good standing with the American Bar Association
    • They agree to our Attorney Code of Excellence
    • Have an average of 25 years of experience practicing law
    • Must fulfill specific criteria to maintain their status in the network
    • Are re-credentialed regularly to maintain MetLife's standards
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  • Can I get help finding the right attorney for my needs?

    Yes, client service center representatives are available to help you find the right attorney for your legal matter, whatever that might be. 
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  • What are excluded matters?

    The plan covers most personal legal services. The following matters are excluded from coverage:

     

    • Employment-related matters, including company or statutory benefits
    • Matters involving MetLife and affiliates, and plan attorneys
    • Matters in which there is a conflict of interest between the employee and spouse or dependents in which case services are excluded for the spouse and dependents
    • Appeals and class actions
    • Farm matters, business or investment matters, matters involving property held for investment or rental, or issues when the Participant is the landlord
    • Patent, trademark and copyright matters
    • Costs or fines
    • Frivolous or unethical matters
    • Matters for which an attorney-client relationship exists prior to the Participant becoming eligible for plan benefits


    Please refer to the plan certificate for additional details.

Are you ready To Enroll?

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  • Legal Disclaimers

    1Does not cover DUI.

     

    2The Participant will be reimbursed according to the set fee schedule, the lesser of the maximum reimbursement amount or the attorney’s actual charge. Your employees will be responsible to pay the difference, if any, between the plan’s payment and the non-plan attorney’s charge for services. MetLife Legal Plans is not responsible for legal work performed by out-of-network attorneys.

     

    3Unlimited coverage for non-excluded services with in-network attorneys. For out of network attorneys, there is a fee reimbursement schedule. Participants must pay the difference between the scheduled reimbursement amount and the out-of-network attorney’s actual charge for the services."

     

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    Group legal plans are administered by MetLife Legal Plans, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. In California, this entity operates under the name MetLife Legal Insurance Services. In certain states, group legal plans are provided through insurance coverage underwritten by Metropolitan General Insurance Company, Warwick, RI. Payroll deduction required for group legal plans. For costs and complete details of the coverage, call or write the company.

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