New Study Shows Nearly Half of Consumers Neglected to Get Legal Help Because of the High Cost
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 12, 2011) —
Rocket Lawyer™, the fastest growing online legal service, today introduced Rocket Lawyer On Call™, a new member benefit that makes it easier and more affordable to get professional legal help from an experienced local attorney. Available exclusively to Rocket Lawyer Legal Plan members, Rocket Lawyer On Call connects members with a local attorney who will review legal documents at no additional cost to members, while also providing members with a wide array of flat rate legal services and significantly discounted hourly fees. The new benefit can literally save Rocket Lawyer members thousands of dollars while providing the peace of mind that comes with having a lawyer on call, whenever needed.
“Whether you’re protecting yourself and your family or a small business, everybody needs the counsel of an attorney from time to time. Too many people don’t get the legal help they need, because lawyers are seen as intimidating and expensive,” said Charley Moore, founder and executive chairman of Rocket Lawyer. “Enough is enough –- we’re going to change the way people think about lawyers and legal services. Now, it’s possible for anyone with our affordable legal plans to have a real lawyer on their side.”
Rocket Lawyer’s legal services range from free legal information to do-it-yourself legal documents to free diagnostic tools that educate users about their legal health. Rocket Lawyer On Call complements do it yourself legal services by making it easier and more affordable to work with an attorney. In fact, Rocket Lawyer On Call solves one of the most common complaints associated with hiring an attorney – the high cost. According to new Rocket Lawyer member data, four in 10 users say they were in need of a lawyer in the past year but were unable to use one, and half of those users say it was because it was too expensive.
Rocket Lawyer On Call will help solve these common problems. A comprehensive selection of free and discounted attorney services are included in Rocket Lawyer On Call, and Rocket Lawyer Legal Plan members can access these services at no additional cost. Legal Plan members receive the following free attorney services after 90 days of monthly membership, or instantly for annual members:
If a member chooses to hire an attorney, Rocket Lawyer On Call also provides deeply discounted attorney services, including:
- Reviews of legal documents for peace of mind
- Consultations for each new legal matter
- Assistance with small claims court
- Assistance with government programs, like the INS and welfare
- Phone calls and letters on the member’s behalf
- And more…
For a complete list of On Call benefits, visit www.rocketlawyer.com/on-call-legal-services.
- Negotiated flat fees on common legal services, including a simple divorce ($275), name change ($155), Ch. 7 bankruptcy ($750), and more.
- Low attorney rates. Save 40% off regular attorney hourly rates for services not included in the plan.
- Discounted contingency fees. Save 10% off the state maximum rate or the attorney’s usual rate, whichever is lower.
Rocket Lawyer’s study also found nearly half of all business users (45 percent) have legal issues to resolve in the next three months and a surprising 56 percent of businesses say they are *not* incorporated. Now more than ever, companies need to protect themselves, and with Rocket Lawyer, small businesses can take advantage of getting the legal expertise they need to protect themselves, at the rate they can afford.
“Rocket Lawyer Legal Plans provide an amazing value to small business owners, or anyone who has legal needs,” said Derrick J. Watson, CEO of Watson Family of Washington L.L.C. “With Rocket Lawyer On Call, I’m even more confident that I’m legally protected, from business legal documents I can create myself, to working with an attorney at no additional cost. It’s the best deal around when it comes to legal services.”
To learn more and sign up for a Rocket Lawyer Legal Plan, visit www.rocketlawyer.com/legal-plans. To view the full data from the Rocket Lawyer study click here.
About the Data
Rocket Lawyer polled 23,190 personal users and 3,440 business users from its database between April-June 2011.
About Rocket Lawyer
Rocket Lawyer™ is the only complete legal service on the Internet, providing over a million businesses and individuals a simple and affordable way to manage their legal needs. Rocket Lawyer allows members to personalize legal documents through an easy interview process. These documents can then be securely stored, shared, e-signed, and reviewed by thousands of attorneys in the Rocket Lawyer network. Rocket Lawyer also offers a suite of law firm marketing tools and customizable client referral services for attorneys. For more information on Rocket Lawyer, visit www.rocketlawyer.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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