Tools and Resources for Legal Protection
Legal protection insurance helps you to enforce and protect your rights whether you are involved in a dispute or you need legal support. It is the proactive approach to the steep cost of legal fees so you can stand up for your rights and liberties when the time comes. Legal protection insurance clients do not have to worry about the financial risk of having a legal dispute as their insurer will take care of everything.
"Legal Insurance Legal expenses insurance (LEI), also known as legal protection insurance (LPI) or simply legal insurance, is a type of insurance which covers policyholders against the potential costs of legal action brought by or against the policyholder. Legal expenses insurance provides more affordable coverage for the legal fees charged (including expenses incurred) by a lawyer representing the policyholder in usually unforeseen legal matters. These can include employment disputes, litigation, disciplinary actions, human rights complaints and criminal charges. Coverage is generally not discretionary; if the claim is covered within the governing terms and conditions of the policy, the policy responds. In addition to liability insurance against certain kinds of legal liability, legal expenses insurance can also offer coverage for predictable events such as the drafting of a will or power of attorney, and simple legal advice." " ~Wikipedia.
"The concept originated around 1911 as a result of a fatal crash at the famous Le Mans race during which some spectators lost their lives and others were severely injured. When the victims or their families claimed damages from the insurers of the organizers, their claims were repudiated. They then all contributed to a pool which was used to fund collective action against the insurers. They were successful. This gave rise to the first LEI policy being developed in France. Not long after that, a motoring club in Germany called the "Deutsche Automobil Sportiff" (DAS) increased membership contributions to create a similar pool to pay for the defence of its members charged with traffic related offences. Members of the general public then enquired about joining the scheme. That is when the idea of an insurance available to the general public became firmly established. " ~Wikipedia.
Legal Shield currently offers legal protection plans here in the US for both individuals/families and small businesses to over a million members in 49 states and four Canadian provinces. Hear about it from this anonymous employee who posted to Glassdoor, "I have used the service 18 times in the last four years. Nothing major, just sound advice on various issues everybody faces from time to time. I don't have to check my wallet to find out how much equal justice I can afford! " -Anonymous.
ARAG Group's international legal insurance business accounts for 2.3 million policies alone, making it the second-largest legal insurer in the world. Legal plans protect consumers and their families against life's legal issues – through a nationwide network of attorneys and access to legal resources.
Fastcase is great for representing yourself in court. It is a legal research service that has put together a comprehensive national law library of cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions from all 50 states, and federally. It is used by more than 500,000 lawyers and twenty-one state bar associations and has gone through rigorous review and analysis. Its not free after 24 hrs but you can subscribe month-to-month and can cancel after you are done.
The Oh-Crap-App is a great app for helping protect your legal rights when being stopped or questioned by law enforcement. It is a spartphone app available for iphone and android designed designed to educate the public regarding their legal rights when being investigated for a criminal offense. The app has an emergency “Oh Crap!” button to be hit in emergency situations. This app also has additional features such as an informational Blood Alcohol Calculator, Legal Rights Advisory and Top 5 Ways to Avoid a DUI.
The Peacekeeper App. is the "uber" of emergency protection. This app revolutionizes the way people can protect their family, their community and their country. It allows you send emergency alerts between a network of peers for quick community response to neighborhood threats, fire, theft, medical emergencies, abduction and more. It is an app in the alpha version presently; available for iphone and android.
Cell 411 is an app and a micro social network which allows users to quickly contact each other or groups of friends and family members in case of emergencies. The app is designed to work quickly, provide instant GPS coordinates to your entire group to the current location, offer turn-by-turn directions to the location and even stream live video. It is the uber for protection services that allows interaction of human beings in a voluntary and peaceful fashion.
Civil rights groups
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance in cases when it considers civil liberties to be at risk. Legal support from the ACLU can take the form of direct legal representation, or preparation of amicus curiae briefs expressing legal arguments (when another law firm is already providing representation). It works through litigation, lobbying, and community empowerment; with local affiliates of the ACLU are active in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. In 1920 the ACLU was founded with the main focus on freedom of speech, primarily for anti-war protesters. Their stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Source: Wikipedia
Defending Dissent Foundation and Bill of rights defense committee
BORDC was established to fight the PATRIOT Act in the wake of its passage under the Bush administration, DDF was founded decades ago to fight the McCarthy-era witch hunt that targeted law-abiding Americans on the basis of their political beliefs. Both organizations are committed to popular constitutionalism, and work with grassroots Americans from all walks of life to help them raise their voices to confront the national security state.
National coalition against censorship
NCAC’s stated mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and oppose censorship in all its forms. It is an alliance of more than 50 national non-profits, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups, we have engaged in direct advocacy and education to support First Amendment principles. They work with community members to resolve censorship controversies without the need for litigation.
National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC)
NFOIC protects the public’s right to oversee its government by offering grants to help foster the creation and growth of state Freedom of Information coalitions and works to start up and support citizen-driven state Freedom of Information and First Amendment organizations.
Drug policy reform groups
Drug Policy Alliance
Drug Policy Alliance is an organization dedicated to end the war on drugs and promote new drug policies that are based on science, common sense, compassion, public health, and human rights.
privacy rights groups
Electronic Frontier Foundation is the main nonprofit organization fighting for online privacy rights. Their motto is "defending civil liberties in the digital world." They work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. The EFF "uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies."
electronic privacy information center (EPIC)
EPIC is an independent non-profit research center in Washington, DC working to protect privacy, freedom of expression, democratic values, and to promote the Public Voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. EPIC is involved in public education, litigation, and advocacy, routinely filing amicus briefs in federal courts, pursuing open government cases, defending consumer privacy, organizing conferences for NGOs, and speaking before Congress and judicial organizations about emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. EPIC maintains two of the most popular privacy web sites in the world - epic.org and privacy.org.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC)
PRC qorks to raise consumers’ awareness of how technology affects personal privacy, responds to specific privacy-related complaints from consumers, and advocates for consumers’ privacy rights in local, state, and federal public policy proceedings.
Make your own Legal Agreements
LawDepot is a platform where entrepreneurs can prepare and customize legal documents as well as get help choosing a business structure and incorporating (if necessary) at a fraction of the cost of visiting an attorney. This service will help to protect entrepreneurs and their business from lawsuit or wrongful pursuit via our legal system.
Docracy is the home of crowd-sourced legal documents, with free e-signing. This is an interface where lawyers and laypersons upload, improve upon and download contracts and other legal documents, socially curated by the community.