Member Benefits

NEA Attorney Referral Program

Providing members with legal advice on personal matters


NEA provides members with 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.

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. NEA's 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, NEA's Attorney Referral Program lets you get the help at rates below participating attorneys' usual fees.

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Who Can Participate?


NEA's Attorney Referral Program is open to any active, life, support, or retired members, and the member's spouse and dependent children. See the list of attorneys for the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the NEA-approved law firms participating in the program in Connecticut. You may contact the attorney directly - identifying yourself as an NEA member participating in 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 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 these free consultations, members may have specific legal work performed in five "core" areas at a 30 percent reduction of that attorney's normal fee.

NEA is committed to making sure that qualified and competent attorneys participate in the NEA Attorney Referral Program. Before any attorney can become a part of the program, they must be approved by both the NEA and your state Association. They must agree to provide service to members at times that are convenient to member-times outside the normal working day. Participating attorneys must agree to discuss fees before they render services. And they must be willing to accept payment of their fees by some installment payment plan. In some cases, that may even include credit cards.

The NEA Attorney Referral Program - designed to deliver for NEA members.

For further information about the NEA/CEA Attorney Referral Program, you may contact Amber Smith at Member Legal Services (860-725-6352; ambers@cea.org) or your local UniServ office.


The "Core" Areas


NEA has identified five "core" areas of personal legal service for coverage under the NEA Attorney Referral Program. And remember, if you are an eligible NEA member, your spouse and dependent children may also receive the NEA Attorney Referral program discount rates from participating attorneys upon your request.

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

Representation in proceeding for annulment, divorce, separation, alimony, custody, child support guardianship, adoption, paternity, and name changes - all are covered under the discounted rate.

Consumer Protection

Participating attorney 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 the NEA Attorney Referral Program discounted rate, to handle charges of operating under the influence, reckless driving, or other offenses involving the potential loss of license, a jail sentence, and 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.

  1. 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.
  2. The 30 percent discount also does not apply to the defense of criminal violations, other than traffic violations, in which financial liability exceeds $50.
  3. Participating attorneys are not permitted to represent a member in any matter in which the adverse party is the NEA, and NEA affiliate, or another NEA member except in separation or divorce proceedings.
  4. And, of course, court costs, filing and service fees, and attorney out of pocket expenses are not automatically covered. 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.

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