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The Marriott had some bad news and some good news for the buying public. The bad news was cyber thieves hacked the Marriott’s computer system and stole the passport information of 5 million people. The good news was it could have been worse with millions more victims.

Cyber theft is a major crime industry which is becoming increasingly more sophisticated. Banking, retail, and the hospitality industries are all at risk of security wall breaches. Hackers do not always use the information to set up dummy accounts. Instead, these felons sell batches to other criminal groups who will create accounts. A smart idea for group legal plans is to offer an identity theft benefit. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services has such a benefit.

Panic Creates Delays

The felons work fast because they have the element of surprise. A victim doesn’t know until statements arrive. The large credit card balances or empty bank accounts create panic. The victim might delay a day or two before responding and that gives the thief more time to exploit an opportunity. Moreover, the response may be inefficient. The victim does not quite know what to do and makes mistakes due to ignorance. Continue reading

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Management wants good benefits for employees. Decision-makers know these services improve morale, boost productivity, and improve retention rates. Executives are concerned that employee benefits have a good return on investment. A comprehensive financial wellness plan can provide excellent benefits for the entire workforce. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services offers a plan.

Something for Everyone

Workforce demographics are important, and the Countrywide plan has options that can be particularly useful for various groups. New college graduates must find ways to manage their college loan debts. We have a benefits option that addresses the college loan problem. Older employees confront medical bills that easily get out of control. We will help them manage the debt with suggestions on how to negotiate with healthcare providers. Millennials may want to buy a house and don’t know how to purchase one. The Countrywide Financial Wellness Program has a self-study course to educate a first-time home buyer.

Everyone Benefits

Countrywide has a nationwide network of certified counselors who provide the service. Standard Countrywide benefits will include a budget analysis. It will help plan members understand where the money is coming from and where it is going. The counselor will also give suggestions on how to save for major expenses. Sensible financial planning includes knowing a person’s full value. We will do an asset inventory for the financial wellness plan member, allowing that person to fully appreciate his or her holdings. Continue reading

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It is 2019 and everyone wants to start as fresh as the new year. Finances are on everyone’s mind. Employees have various needs and financial wellness concerns. Management can help by providing services that address money management. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services can provide the right help to employees.

A Variety of Assistance

Countrywide has a financial wellness program that is easy to use. We rely on a nationwide network of certified counselors who offer needed support. They have experience in many areas where people face financial problems.

Not everyone understands how to efficiently budget; it is a skill rarely taught. A Countrywide counselor can perform a budget analysis and use it to educate a plan member on money management. If a person wants to know his or her full value, the counselor can do an asset inventory for that individual. Continue reading

Countrywide Has a Referral System

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Social media was primarily something worked on in dorm rooms 15 years ago. Today, it is a major force in American culture and it is the source of a lot of litigation. There are new laws and court cases regarding the use of social media and not all attorneys know what to do. Some, however, have become experts in this type of jurisprudence. They are not ordinary lawyers and they command large fees. They’re the kind of attorneys that most group legal plans do not have in their networks.
Legal Referrals Are Sometimes Necessary

Regrettably, not every general practitioner in the law courts is familiar with the laws and rules governing special areas of law. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services has a nationwide network of attorneys, but we readily admit there are certain areas of the law that requires special help. If we do not have attorneys that are expert in certain situations, we have no problem making referrals. Continue reading

Countrywide will Protect You from Hackers 

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Consumers enjoy the convenience of ATM machines but there is a danger involved. If you are standing in line, be concerned about the person standing behind you. It is possible, while you are putting your code into the ATM, that person is making a mental note of your information. It is a risk that is becoming more common in our modern society. Hackers are willing to hit the jackpot with your money.

The worst case would be if a hacker got your information from the ATM and used the same machine to empty your bank accounts You might not know about the theft until weeks later when the bank statements arrive. The same is true if credit cards are pilfered from your wallet. Group legal plan vendors do not always include identity theft protection. Countrywide Pre- Paid Legal Services does have the option which can protect your information Continue reading

Our Program Comes to Your Financial Rescue

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You might think that all debt problems arise from plastic but that is not true. Granted, people often create large credit card amounts by spending. However, these are usually controllable. What drives an individual into financial wellness difficulty are sudden expenses. These could be medical bills, having to buy a new car, or sudden family emergency. The situation can get serious quickly.

Debt Management Plans Prevent Panic

Many employees live from paycheck to paycheck. They may be able to just barely get to the end of the month with the budget they have. A sudden financial emergency can turn matters into a train wreck. The person could panic and consider filing for bankruptcy which is not a good idea. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services has a financial wellness program that includes a debt management plan. It is something to be used in extreme cases.
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Government provides various services to people. While a few may grumble, it often happens that government assistance solves a problem. The difficulty arises when the average citizen does not quite know how to work with a public agency. There are forms to be filled out, evidence to be provided, statements to be filed, and all other sorts of paperwork. It could be a mountain of forms and very confusing. Group legal plans do not always address the need to work with government. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services, however, recognizes the importance of folks getting the right type of help.

Rules Can Make Things Difficult

Public agencies have rules and regulations which they must follow. This is in addition to legislation that specifically tells what is to be done, what deadlines must be met, and the consequences of not doing an adequate job of filing. It is where many people run into problems. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services wants to provide the best possible help. We included as one of our group legal plan options assistance dealing with government agencies. Continue reading

Giving Comprehensive Legal Assistance

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Group legal plans are not all the same. Even though vendors may have almost identical benefit options, pre-paid legal services will differ. It is how the various benefits are administered, along with secondary benefits, they create the disparity. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services is a leader in the industry because of the overall quality of what we give.

Countrywide will provide basic group legal plan benefits such as writing a simple will, consumer protection advice, and drafting medical powers of attorney. We go a little bit further than other vendors, however, by some of the other activities we will do for the sake of a plan member. These include the following:
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Any Assistance Means a Lot to Them

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Newly hired Millennial employees for a face many challenges. Quite a few are experiencing independent, adult living for the first time. While the paycheck looks great, financial responsibilities take away much of the money. It isn’t long before the grace period on college loans end, and a person has start making payments. There’s a certain amount of confusion which could lead to trouble with financial wellness. It is important to help these new staff members as they learn how to manage their cash properly. The individual determines the need to be addressed. To be sure, Millennials will perhaps be dealing with college loan debt but there are other financial difficulties. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services has, in addition to group legal plans, a financial wellness program that has the objective of providing necessary information and guidance to all employees, particularly Millennials.

Professionals Teach the Financial Wellness Lessons

College debt is something that these young employees are forced to deal with, and many do not know all the ways to manage college debt. It is no surprise that Millennials who are doing well financially have no idea about refinancing their education loan obligations. Countrywide has a nationwide network of certified counselors. These are professionals who deal with modern money problems, including how to deal with college loan repayment. They can instruct a plan member on how to go about refinancing, and warn this individual against possible problems. Ignorance is the biggest threat to any Millennial. Not being able to develop a sensible budget can cause difficulty later. Our counselors will gladly talk with these young employees and do a budget analysis of their existing situation. It is amazing how often these hard-working employees discover they’re not quite sure how to manage their finances. A simple budget analysis performed by Countrywide counselor can clear up any confusion. Continue reading

The Holiday Season is Full of Thievesindex

 

Holiday shopping brings out the best and the worst in people. In this season of giving there’s also some underhanded taking going on. It can be someone standing behind you in line at the point-of-sale. That person is looking over your shoulder and memorizing your credit card number or your debit card number. It doesn’t take much more for that person to hack into your accounts and start doing a little illegal shopping. Group legal plans often provide a base program and nothing else. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal services is different. We do offer group legal plan benefits, but we also have a means to protect your identity.

Time Helps the Thief

Christmas bills do not show up on credit cards until January. It gives an identity thief plenty of time to make some mischief. This individual can easily max out your credit card with purchases, selling the stuff on eBay or from a car trunk. You don’t know the damage until weeks later. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services offer protection using email alerts. These Internet sent warnings tell an individual that there’s been some unusual activity on the credit card, allowing the owner to take corrective action immediately. These alerts come from the three top credit reporting bureaus and are highly reliable. Continue reading