The WVEA/NEA Attorney Referral Program is a result of the group purchasing power of the over 3.2 million NEA members throughout the country. It provides you with free consultation (up to 30 minutes twice a year) with one of the Referral Program attorneys, and for considerably reduced rates for legal services you might need.
Who is eligible?
All active, life, education support or retired NEA members and, at the request of the member, his or her spouse and dependent children.
What are the services?
Each eligible member is entitled to two free consultation sessions of up to 30 minutes each on a legal topic the is qualified affecting an eligible participant (except income tax preparation) during each program year.
If a consultation leads to follow-up legal services of at least one billable hour, or equivalent services at a flat fee, it will not be counted as one of the consultations to which you are entitled that year.
If you decide to use the services of a Referral Plan attorney, the attorney's regular fees will be discounted 30 percent if the problem falls into one of the following "core areas" and the attorney has indicated he/she is qualified in the area:
Real Estate- purchase or sale of property for residential purposes, disputes with landlords, property line disputes, problems with zoning laws or land use regulations.
Wills and Estates- preparation of wills, assistance with estate planning, representation of a member who is named executor or administrator of an estate, guardianship proceedings.
Domestic Relations- representation in proceedings for annulment, divorce, separation, alimony, custody, child support, guardianship, adoption, paternity and name change.
Consumer Protection- disputes with creditors or finance agencies, proceedings for garnishments and attachments, disputes with retailers concerning defective merchandise.
Traffic Violations- defense of charges of operating under the influence, reckless driving, or other offenses involving potential loss of license, financial liability in excess of $50, or jail sentence.