Attorney Referral Program

For over 150 years, NEA members have come to rely on their Association for support and service in a wide variety of areas. That commitment to service continues today.

The NEAs Attorney Referral Program ­provides members with legal advice on personal matters. Each eligible member is entitled to two 30-minute consultation sessions free during each membership year. And if you need additional legal help, the NEAs Attorney Referral Program lets you get that help at rates below participating attorneys’ usual fees.

NEA Delivers for Members

NEA has for many years provided members full legal protection in employment-related matters. But in today’s complex world, simply having legal help for employment-related matters isn’t enough. At one time or another, each of us needs legal counsel on personal matters that are important to us and our families.

That’s why NEA created the NEA Attorney Referral Program. This unique program is designed to make sure that every NEA member in participating states has access to affordable legal advice.

Who Can Participate

All Unified Members and their spouses and dependent children are eligible for the NEA Attorney Referral Program.

What The Program Provides

Your national and state Associations have identified attorneys throughout the state who have agreed to handle certain personal legal matters at a substantially reduced rate.

During any membership year (from September 1 to August 31), eligible members are entitled to two, free 30-minute consultation sessions with any of these Association-approved attorneys. During the two free sessions, you may discuss any legal matter except income tax preparation.

In addition to free consultations, members may have specific legal work performed in five “core” areas at a 30 percent reduction of participating attorneys’ normal fees.

NEA is committed to making sure that qualified and competent attorneys participate in the NEA Attorney Referral Program. Before any attorneys can become a part of the program, they must be approved by both the NEA and your state Association. Also, they must agree to provide service to members at times that are convenient to members — times outside the normal working day.

Participating attorneys must agree to discuss fees before they render services. They must be willing to accept payment of their fees by installment payment plan or by credit card.

The ‘Core’ Areas

NEA has identified five “core” areas of personal legal service for coverage under the NEA Attorney Referral Program:

  • Wills and Estates
    At a 30 percent discount rate, you can have a participating attorney prepare your will, assist with estate planning, provide legal assistance if you are named the executor or administrator of an estate, or offer legal counsel in guardianship proceedings.
  • Real Estate
    Participating attorneys will provide assistance with the purchase or sale of residential property, disputes with landlords, property line controversies, and problems with zoning laws or land use regulations.
  • Domestic Relations
    Need representation in proceedings for annulment, divorce, separation, alimony, custody, child support, guardianship, adoption, paternity, or name change? All are covered under the Program discount.
  • Consumer Protection
    Participating attorneys will provide assistance at the discounted fee for disputes with creditors or finance agencies and proceedings with retailers concerning defective merchandise.
  • Traffic Violations
    You can receive legal representation, at a 30 percent discount, to handle charges of operating under the influence, reckless driving, or other offenses involving the potential loss of license, a jail sentence, or financial liability in excess of $50.

What Isn’t Covered

While NEA and your state Association provide additional programs to help with job-related legal problems, the NEA Attorney Referral Program covers almost every type of personal legal problem you might face. There are, however, a few areas where participating attorneys are not required to give members the 30 percent ­discount.

Problems such as business dealings, bankruptcies, and preparation of a defense in Internal Revenue Service income tax matters are not covered under the 30 percent discount.

The 30 percent discount also does not apply to the defense of criminal violations, other than traffic violations covered by the Program.

Participating attorneys are not permitted to represent a member in any matter in which the adverse party is the NEA, an NEA affiliate, or another NEA member — except in separation or divorce proceedings.

Of course, court costs, filing and service fees, and attorney out-of-pocket expenses are not ordinarily discounted.

It’s also important to note that if you obtain your own attorney, you won’t receive the discount rate, even if that attorney later becomes a participant in the NEA Attorney Referral Program.

How You Can Take Advantage of This Valuable Service for NEA Members

The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the NEA-approved law firms participating in the program in your state are listed in the brochure. Remember, although each participating attorney has agreed to provide, two, free 30-minute consultation sessions, you should discuss the fees you will be charged before the session begins with the attorney. That will help you avoid any misunderstandings.

For further information about the NEA Attorney Referral Program, download the brochure from the members only site or contact your local IEA office.