UAW-FCA-Ford-General Motors Legal Services Plan (the Plan) is a program established and operated for the sole purpose of providing personal legal services to eligible Participants for legal problems arising out of the laws in the United States or Canada. The new Legal Services Plan is a Taft-Hartley Plan created for the purpose of providing “office legal work” (no litigation) and referral services to certain eligible UAW members. It opened on January 25, 2017. Call (800) 482-7700 to request legal services.
What is Covered Under My Legal Services Plan?
The new Legal Services Plan that was negotiated in the 2015 UAW contracts is quite different from the ones that ended under the 2011 contracts. Although it does not provide litigation services, the new Legal Services Plan does provide “office services” (advice and document preparation) for a number of legal matters. Here are some matters that may benefit you under your new legal services plan:
- Wills and Estates. Everyone needs to plan their estate and that usually means the preparation of a Will or Trust. Planning your estate carefully with the assistance of an attorney can give you peace of mind now and make things easier for your family after your death or incapacity.
- Powers of Attorney and Deeds. An attorney can review your current documents, discuss if new ones are needed and prepare new ones if necessary. Make sure your family clearly understands your wishes.
- Assistance with a Purchase or Sale or obtaining a mortgage loan modification. Are you buying or selling your home? The Plan can assist you with your purchase including preparing and reviewing your document and preparing you for the closing.
- Obtaining a Mortgage Loan Modification. Federal programs, for those who qualify, can mean the difference between keeping or losing your house. But they don’t make it easy to get a modification, no matter how you try or what your circumstances. An attorney, working with you and often your housing counselor, can help when you are doing what you should but the loan is not getting modified.
How do I open a case?
Contact the Legal Services Plan at (800) 482-7700. Eligibility will be verified and coverage will be explained. Please note that the Plan emphasizes communication by phone and email.
What if my legal issue is not a covered office work matter ?
Even when a matter is not covered for Staff Attorney assistance, you may be entitled to a low cost referral to a private attorney. Your Legal Services Plan has entered into contracts with hundreds of private attorneys to represent eligible UAW members for a reduced rate. This may be helpful to you if you have any of the following legal problems: adoption, a contested family matter, a guardianship, a collection matter, a bankruptcy, a real estate litigation matter, and others.