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Legal Service Plan

NYSUT Member Benefits will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday; as a result, online applications for the Legal Service Plan will NOT be processed from 11/26/14 to 11/30/14. Online applications will be processed again on 12/1/14.

Important Correction
NYSUT Member Benefits recently updated its endorsed Legal Service Plan materials for all current Plan participants. Unfortunately, an error was made in printing regarding the Guaranteed Maximum Fees schedule and Percentage Savings that can be found in the current Legal Service Plan brochure and the Certificates of Coverage.


We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

The correct information is as follows:

• Effective September 1, 2014, representation will be provided at the Plan rate of $225 per hour or 40 percent less than the attorney's standard hourly rate, whichever is lower.

• Effective September 1, 2015, the rate will be $250 or 30 percent less than the attorney's standard hourly rate, whichever is lower.

• Effective September 1, 2017, the rate will be $265 or 30 percent less than the attorney's standard hourly rate, whichever is lower.

All information currently printed in the brochures and Certificates of Coverage will be correct effective September 1, 2015 (for all Voluntary, Group Access & Group Prepaid Plan Participants) and October 1, 2015 (for all covered UFT Retirees), respectively.

Click here to review the revised Guaranteed Maximum Fees schedule.



The NYSUT Member Benefits Trust-endorsed Legal Service Plan offers access to legal assistance for personal legal matters. It is provided by Feldman, Kramer & Monaco, P.C. and is administered by the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust.

The law firm of Feldman, Kramer & Monaco, P.C. has been the service provider for the Legal Service Plan since 1980 and acts as the Legal Plan’s National Legal Office. The firm has grown from five attorneys to more than 40 attorneys during the past 25-plus years, and its network of participating referral attorneys now exceeds 500 firms in New York state and several hundred firms in other jurisdictions across America.

Plan Features

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to learn about features of the Legal Service Plan.

Eligibility
NYSUT members -- including retirees -- and agency fee payers may enroll. The plan covers the member, spouse or domestic partner who is living with the member (except in divorce/separation matters), unmarried dependent children under age 19 (or under age 25 if they are wholly dependent on the member and are enrolled as full-time students), and dependent parents.

Please note that UFT retirees already receive coverage through the UFT Welfare Fund Retiree Legal Plan with Elder Law Supplement.


Payment Options

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to learn about payment options for this program.

How to Apply
:
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for details on how to apply to this program.

Legal Security Package

For current members of the Legal Service Plan & Group Access members, click here to download a PDF version of the Legal Security Packet.

For current members of the Prepaid Legal Service Plan, click here to download a PDF version of the Legal Security Packet.

For current members of the UFT Retiree Legal Service Plan, click here to download a PDF version of the Legal Security Packet.

For more information, contact Member Benefits at 800-626-8101 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST).

The Legal Service Plan provided through Feldman, Kramer & Monaco, P.C. is a NYSUT Member Benefits Trust (Member Benefits)-endorsed program. Member Benefits has an endorsement arrangement of 33.33% of annual participation fees received for this program. All such payments to Member Benefits are used solely to defray the costs of administering its various programs and, where appropriate, to enhance them. Member Benefits acts as your advocate; please contact Member Benefits at 800-626-8101 if you experience a problem with any endorsed program.

Agency fee payers to NYSUT are eligible to participate in NYSUT Member Benefits-endorsed programs.