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Facebook was successfully hacked a few weeks ago. An estimated 50 million subscribers had their accounts compromised while Facebook continues to upgrade its security. It is disturbing this social media platform was broken into by cyber thieves. People are still getting over the shock.

Employers should not ignore the risk caused by hackers. Anyone who uses social media for purchases can be in trouble. Employees who are compromised must rebuild their credit ratings and restore personal finances. The process can take weeks. The crime does affect productivity because of the distraction. Anything to help a person avoid hacker calamity is appreciated. Group legal plans don’t always help. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services has a benefit to protect an individual from Internet vandalism.

Information Will Help

Cyber thieves rely on time. They believe that once they have hacked credit card information, they have several weeks before the victim knows what occurred. It gives these felons an opportunity to either max out the credit card or sell the information to someone else. The person hacked doesn’t know what happened until the credit card bill shows up. Continue reading

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The price of houses is beginning to rise, but people are still looking to buy. Property is something many want to own, but financing isn’t always easy. The purchase of any house is a major decision and requires careful consideration.

The nature of property does not make this easy. Real estate has its language and business practices. The words used in the housing market can be very confusing to a novice. No one wants to sacrifice financial wellness, but the wrong kind of mortgage will lead to a disaster. Unfortunately, there are unethical people taking advantage of the inexperienced. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services would like to end the housing confusion. We have a financial wellness service that educates a buyer about house shopping.

Make Your Move Provides Great Information

Countrywide has a self-study program called Make Your Move. The coursework guides a plan member along the road to buying a house. The mortgage options are discussed so the individual can better decide what is the best financing. Terms and acronyms that are often hard to understand at first glance are fully explained. Continue reading

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Group legal plans are on the bucket list of many organizations. Millennials express a sincere interest in this benefit and financial health is becoming very important to ordinary employees. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services respectfully asks you to consider our group legal plan benefits. We believe we offer significant value.

It Is Not a Courtroom Drama

Television will make anyone think legal assistance essentially deals with court cases. That is not true. Most pre-paid legal services involve matters that rarely go before a judge. Paperwork is the primary activity. Drafting simple wills or composing medical powers of attorney are group legal plan benefits that our attorneys are offering to help plan members. Other services such as help with public agencies and consumer protection complaints depend on the legal expertise of the attorney.

Countrywide has a nationwide network of attorneys. The pre-paid legal services they provide are standard legal benefits with the Countrywide difference. Continue reading

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Medical bills don’t appear to be such a great problem at the end of the year. The deductible for the year is ordinarily met and medical insurance picks up most of the tab. Nevertheless, there is a lurking problem for some folks. Treatment on various injuries or illnesses can span more than a year. What it means is that a treatment which began in October can be still ongoing in January. It does pose a financial wellness risk.

The Deductible Can Be A Shock

The deductible requirement starts again with the new year. If a company has a $5000 deductible to be met annually, then an employee must meet that obligation starting in January. A major treatment performed after the new year can mean thousands of dollars in expenses. It happens at the same time the Christmas bills are coming in. It is a major shock to the system and can cause a great deal of stress, if not outright panic. An employee would appreciate some assistance and Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services can help.

People can budget for college loans or credit card payments. Medical bills are a different case. The first shock is the Explanation of Benefits. That is not a bill, but the figures are startling. The final invoice can be tough to swallow. Continue reading

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Legal documents make for tough reading. The sentence structures are intended to define what is required by law or what is expected of other parties; none of it is meant to entertain. It can be a headache trying to understand the simplest paragraphs. Not all group legal plans address this problem, but Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services does. One of our group legal plan options is the review of contracts and other legal documents.

Some of These Document Reviews Are Ordinary

Legal documents are not just for major occasions. Some of them are used in ordinary transactions and people don’t always realize that. For example, the lease you sign for an apartment is a legal document. It has certain requirements and what the consequences are if the lease is not respected. Even though it is purchased as a product, a warranty is a legal document. A consumer must be careful when it comes to legal documents, because the terms are binding. It is always a good idea to have an attorney review one.

The Countrywide lawyers will do that as a pre-paid legal services benefit. We have a nationwide network of highly professional attorneys who will look at the legal documents a plan member wants to have reviewed. It is always a good idea to request this review prior to signing it and schedule an appointment with a Countrywide attorney. The lawyer checks the language and notes the obligation requirements for all parties involved. Experience with all types of contracts enables the Countrywide professional to point out various problems and warn of any written dangers. Continue reading

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Millennials know better than anyone the anguish caused by college loan debt. It takes away from the happiness that surrounds graduation. A recent graduate within six months faces payments on a loan obligation that can be five or six figures. The hit to financial wellness can be demoralizing.

There is no question Millennials are highly intelligent. They are some of the most technically savvy people in the workforce. Unfortunately, no one spends a lot of time teaching them how to budget and deal with debt. The size of the payments can cause a young employee to make some very bad decisions. Forbearance can be a trap, but what is worse is if the new graduate decides to default on the loan. That can have long-term negative consequences and ruin an individual’s credit rating. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services offers the kind of employee benefits people can use to solve major problems. Our financial wellness program is available to assist an employee.

Where There Is a Plan There Is a Way

Countrywide will use a nationwide network of certified counselors to help plan members caught in financial quicksand. A Millennial needs to know what his or her options are in paying back the college debt. Our counselors can show a plan of action which allows an individual to pay the college bill and meet other expenses at the same time. Continue reading

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Financial wellness weighs on a person’s mind. Whether funding a house is affordable or how to best meet unexpected bills is going to haunt person’s thoughts. It helps to have some assistance from a group of professionals. Those veterans can point out how to manage finances better and meet costs without panic. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services makes use of certified counselors to help plan members deal with finances. Providing good advice does mean gathering information. Our counselors use the right tools to examine a plan member’s financial situation.

Starting with the Basics of Financial Wellness

The primary source of information for the Countrywide counselor is a budget analysis. Our professionals will sit down with a plan member and look at income and expenses. This can be a meeting of discovery for those who do not have a formal budget to follow. They not only discover where their money is going, but also exactly how much money is coming in to meet the bills.

This information permits counselors to develop a realistic budget with the plan member. Issues of financial wellness such as how to afford credit card payments, college loan debt, and even unexpected medical bills are better managed with a set budget. It permits a plan member to meet expenses without having to make drastic decisions. The budget has a way of calming down nerves and helping a person relax when dealing with financial matters. Continue reading

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Catastrophe occurs in seconds. It might be an industrial accident, a traffic mishap, or a cardiac arrest which sends a person into the dark. An unresponsive patient may still be alive and on life support in a state of near death that can last for months or even years. It is important for group legal plans to provide a means to prevent a tragedy. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services has a benefit option that helps avoid indecision.

The Importance of the Living Will and Medical Powers of Attorney

Our group legal plan can offer a living will and medical powers of attorney as well. Both will alleviate the medical limbo a life support circumstance may cause. The living will includes instructions on what procedures to use in the event of a plan member becoming comatose. The living will also might specify those actions which are not to be used and when life support must end.

Medical powers of attorney will go a step further. Some decisions go beyond what a living will specifies. This pre-paid legal services option permits a plan member to appoint someone who will make necessary decisions on behalf of the patient. Directing that the life support system be turned off is the toughest decision, without a doubt. Medical powers of attorney take that away from family members and gives it to the appointed decision-maker. It spares the loved ones all the anguish of requesting what they know will be the end of a dear one’s life. Continue reading

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Debt is something every consumer deals with every day. We rarely carry cash and plastic cards are a preferred means of payment. Few people care about the interest rates charged and most pay the minimum required each month. Everything can go south when a major crisis arrives and threatens financial wellness.

We Help Decision Making

Planning for an emergency is hard. Medical bills can happen due to an accident. College graduates forget about the grace period and are stunned by the college loan bill when it arrives. The shock of financial obligations will lead to hasty decisions. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services want to help people avoid decisions like declaring bankruptcy. Our financial wellness plan offers significant assistance.

The first step on the road back to fiscal stability is a budget analysis. A plan member must know the full picture of income and expenses. Our nationwide network of certified counselors will walk people through a budget analysis. Many are honestly surprised with what the review uncovers. Continue reading

 

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People want to have group legal plan benefits. There are many situations where legal counsel can make a serious difference and access to the service is appreciated. Nevertheless, quality is critical. Too many vendors promote their plans that offer very little convenience or substance. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services helps with high standards of quality.

Standards for Group Legal Plans

A good legal benefit has three main components:

  1. Excellent Legal Counsel. Attorneys who have experience and are known for high-quality advice.
  2. Benefit Options That Complement Each Other. These are not stand-alone services, but ones used with other pre-paid legal services options in the plan.
  3. People-Centered Administration. No one is forced to wait long periods and service providers have high emotional intelligence levels.

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