Expanded legal resources now available to University employees

Expanded legal resources now available to University employees

By Kim MathieLife & Work Connections
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University employees can receive free, unlimited, on-demand legal guidance from attorneys and receive referrals to local attorneys who offer discounts through ComPsych LegalConnect.
University employees can receive free, unlimited, on-demand legal guidance from attorneys and receive referrals to local attorneys who offer discounts through ComPsych LegalConnect.
Josephine Corder, director, Life & Work Connections
Josephine Corder, director, Life & Work Connections

This is the second story in a three-part series that highlights new services being offered through Life & Work Connections. The first story in the series, "Life & Work Connections adds financial, legal and relocation services," focused on new financial resources. The final story in the series, slated for the Oct. 19 issue, will look at relocation resources.


When it comes to legal matters, it can be hard to know where to start, whether it's finding the right lawyer, understanding the next steps or unpacking legal jargon. Life & Work Connections is looking to help by providing benefits-eligible University employees free access to attorneys through a new partnership with ComPsych, a global provider of employee assistance programs.

"There may be times we need to navigate legal waters," said Josephine Corder, director of Life & Work Connections. "Knowing there are qualified experts at hand to assist with answering questions, explaining options or connecting to resources can empower us with knowledge and help reduce stress."

Employees can receive free, unlimited, on-demand legal guidance from attorneys and receive referrals to local attorneys who offer discounts – as well as other free and low-cost legal resources – through ComPsych LegalConnect.

"It's private and confidential, but not privileged. You don't have to put anything in to get started and you don't have to invest a lot of time to get clarity or to understand your options," said Cole Leite, a LegalConnect attorney. He and other LegalConnect attorneys can help with a broad range of issues, such as family law and divorce, adoption, estate planning and real estate.

Employees who use the service are immediately connected with an attorney.

It can be hard to find a lawyer who is willing to be a sounding board, "especially when what you need to know may not be something you need to pay for," Leite said.

Most calls last five to 20 minutes, depending on whether the client is looking for a referral or has a more complicated legal question.

For more complicated issues or topics the in-house attorneys cannot help with (like employment-related issues and most tax issues), they provide referrals to local attorneys who offer a free 30-minute consultation and a 25% discount if a client uses their service. All attorneys in their referral network have been practicing for at least five years.

Sometimes, during the call, other needs may surface.

"During the call, it often becomes apparent what other ComPsych services might be helpful," Leite said, explaining that once the legal aspects are discussed, a client might be transferred to someone with ComPsych FinancialConnect, for example. "Our systems are integrated, which helps provide a fuller picture of the client's needs."

Learn about ComPsych LegalConnect services and support, as well as upcoming workshops, on the Life & Work Connections website.

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