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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:
  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Power of Attorneys 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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 1-800-482-7700. Eligibility will be verified and coverage will be explained. Please note that the Plan emphasizes communication by phone and email.
    What if Office Services Are Not Covered for my Legal 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.
  • Old Plan Closed -- A new Plan is in existence
  • The former Legal Services Plans (UAW-GM Legal Services Plan, the UAW-Ford Legal Services Plan and the UAW-Chrysler Legal Services Plan) closed in April 2017. If your case was not concluded prior to the closure, you would have been referred to a Cooperating Attorney. You would have been notified of this referral and provided with the attorney's name and address and phone number. All questions regarding your case, must be directed to your new attorney.
  • If you have a question about a former case handled by one of the old Plans, then you can contact the administrative office at 1 800 572-1383. Someone will try to answer your question for you. Thank you for using the Legal Services Plan for the 33 years that it was in existence. It was a pleasure to serve you.
  • The UAW did negotiate a new Legal Services Plan in the September 2015 contracts. This is a joint Taft Hartley Plan and its name is "UAW-FCA-Ford-General Motors Legal Services Plan". It provides document preparation, office work and low cost referrals. If you would like to open a case please call the new Plan at 800-482-7700. Your eligibility will be verified and the coverage explained to you.
  • What is a Taft-Hartley Plan
    A multiemployer plan (called a Taft-Hartley plan) is a collectively bargained plan maintained by more than one employer. In our case, this Plan was negotiated in the UAW contracts with FCA, Ford and General Motors in the 2015 contract negotiations. These collectively bargained plans are managed by boards of trustees staffed with equal numbers of union and employer representatives. There are 6 trustees from the UAW and 6 from the Companies (2 from FCA, 2 from Ford and 2 from General Motors). A Plan document and Trust was drafted and signed in 2016 and the Plan is managed pursuant to the terms listed in those documents. The funds that will be contributed to the new Legal Services Plan by the Sponsors (FCA, Ford and GM) was fixed in the 2015 contract and no additional funds will be received, even if funds run out. This new Legal Services Plan will be up for renegotiation in the 2019 contracts.
    Information for Delphi Retirees and Surviving Spouses
    Prior to February 2018, certain retirees of Delphi were not considered eligible to receive benefits from the Legal Services Plan. However at that time, a new agreement was reached between the UAW and GM, making retirees and surviving spouses as described below eligible for the Legal Services Plan benefit. Pursuant to that agreement, the following Retirees are now covered under the Legal Services Plan and are now included in the definition of a GM retiree: • Retirees who are covered under the Benefit Guarantee; or • Retirees who “checked the box” in the 2006 Special Attrition and who receive pension benefits under the General Motors Hourly-Rate Employees Pension Plan. The following Surviving Spouses are now covered under the Legal Services Plan: • Surviving spouses of Retirees (as defined above) who receive pension benefits under the General Motors Hourly-Rate Employees Pension Plan. NOTE: Individuals receiving a deferred vested pension are not eligible.
    Types of Services Available under the New Taft Hartley Plan
  • Who? The Legal Services Plan benefit is available to eligible FCA, Ford and General Motors workers and retirees and surviving spouses who were represented by the UAW.
  • What? legal services including advice, document preparation and contact with other parties (but not litigation) for wills, powers of attorney, deeds, uncontested family matters, residential real estate matters, credit reporting problems and consumer contract issues.
  • AND low cost referrals to private attorneys (paid for by the member)for other non-business related legal matters such as litigation, bankruptcies, probate, guardianship, contested family matters and more.
  • Why Legal Services were Taxed
    Did you ever wondered why at the end of the year, your W-2 or 1099 told you that you had to report approximently $18 of income for your legal services benefit? [NOTE: This is not to say that you were required to pay $18 for this benefit. Instead it meant that you were required to pay taxes on that amount based on your individual tax bracket. So, if you pay taxes, you will pay federal taxes in the amount of $1.73 to $6.85 for the right to use this benefit. The answer is that the United State Congress took away favorable tax treatment for group legal services plans, effective June 30, 1992. Prior to that time the money that it takes to run the plans, the employer’s payments to the legal services plan, was tax exempt to you. While it was income, just like wages and other benefits such as health, dental and vision coverage, there was a special section of the tax code, which kept you from being taxed on it. That provision, called Section 120 of the Internal Revenue Code, expired on June 30, 1992 and has never been reenacted.
     
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