stockfresh_1627257_estate-planning-word-cloud-concept_sizeS-300x300It is essential to provide employees with the type of benefits they can use. These services cannot just gather dust on a shelf but must be available to assist with everyday problems. For example, legal advice is something that employees can use. It doesn’t mean that employees are involved in complicated lawsuits. Instead, there are common concerns people need to address, and group legal plans can help. An example is the drafting of a simple will.


Thinking About the Future

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stockfresh_2912650_what-do-i-do-now-thinking-person-thinker-question_sizeS-297x300The idea that young employees live a carefree life is a fantasy. These folks are learning to adjust to life outside the dormitory that is not always easy. Managing money is a stressful challenge for them.


It is not because they are not making enough money. On the contrary, those who have high-tech skills are doing rather well. They can afford to move out of their parent’s house, but they often run into financial troubles. Recent developments are causing many to deal with a double whammy.


The eviction moratorium is lifting, and those who forgot to pay rent face sizable debt. The same is true for college debt, and lenders want their money as soon as possible. Some young employees get into bad spending habits and rely too much on credit cards. That type of obligation charges double-digit interest rates, and the hefty balances are not getting any smaller. Financial wellness is moving from being a problem to a crisis. Continue reading

stockfresh_1104622_falling-credit-cards_sizeS-300x200It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas if you believe in retail stores. Some are starting to get the decorations out and are planning their holiday campaigns. It is a time of love and giving. But unfortunately, Christmas is also a time when credit cards get maxed out.

Folks have a hard time saying “no” in December, which will get them in financial trouble. They may already be stretched to the limit on their plastic. Credit card balances, and the interest charged on those figures, can wreak havoc on anyone’s finances. Paying those bills adds to the stress and anxiety of many employees. Continue reading

stockfresh_260360_read-the-fine-print_sizeS-200x300Employee well-being has become a primary issue in the employee benefits arena. Workers want more than the standard group health and life insurance plans. MetLife’s 2020 Employee Benefits Trends Study discovered that whenever employers provide benefits that support the well-being of their associates, that organization is rewarded with better productivity and engagement. The same study showed that 82% of respondents indicated that legal services were either a nice to have or must have employee benefit. Group legal plans are now essential, and an employee wants assistance with issues such as reviewing legal documents. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services offer legal document review as one of the benefits options in the group legal plan benefit. Continue reading

stockfresh_6378534_financial-freedom-concept_sizeS-300x192We have all faced some tough times recently, but not all of us are in financial trouble. Many are being paid a good wage and can pay their bills. They are not the ones who desperately need help, but they do appreciate some guidance. An employer gains employee loyalty when that assistance is provided.

Helping the Workers

Generation Z wants to be financially responsible. Their challenge is that they do not know what to do. Younger people try to create budgets but sometimes get lost in the figures. Older employees are starting families and are thinking of buying a house. They are uncertain about real estate, bewildered by the terminology, and have trouble selecting the best mortgage. Any advice from a professional will save these employees thousands of dollars. Senior aged employees face issues with medical bills. They worry they may have to postpone retirement because of the high cost of medical treatment. Continue reading

stockfresh_7255035_consumer-protection_sizeS-300x150The Internet has changed the marketplace, and cyberspace continually challenges consumers to seek protection from fraud and other unethical activity. There is no question that Internet-based scams are different from the traditional crimes that justify consumer protection laws. Buyers must beware of what is going on in the ether without their knowledge.

There are Retail Protections for the Online Consumer

The greatest threat to consumers on the web centers on private information. A negative option offers a free service or product to an online consumer, but credit or debit card information is requested when the consumer registers online. The vendor uses that information to enroll the consumer in a membership program and immediately sends monthly bills. Likewise, a data pass will happen when an online consumer buys something from a merchant. The payment is processed by an independent third party, who then sells the consumer’s personal information. Continue reading

stockfresh_5802529_generation-z-y-x-boomers-millennials-3d-word-gears-demographics_sizeS-300x300Young employees are facing a severe test that they may have never dealt with before. The stimulus checks helped bridge any financial gaps, and the eviction moratoriums enabled them to stay in apartments rent-free. Well, the party is over. The Supreme Court decision on evictions helps landlords but does little for anyone whose rent is in arrears. The new normal we hear so much about might now include serious adjustments to personal finances. The Z Generation may have some real challenges.

When Remote Work Isn’t Fun

The thought of working from home sounds great. Individuals can get the job done with no office distractions and set a daily schedule to fit personal needs. However, there is a price to be paid for this. Remote work isolates an employee from the rest of the work team. The informal communications network that is part of working life is diminished. The solutions a Z Generation employee needs are not readily available, and when it comes to money woes, this person might panic and make poor decisions. Continue reading

stockfresh_4514580_referrals-3d-words-connected-arrows-new-customers-word-of-mouth_sizeS-300x300Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services goes the distance to guarantee that plan members receive the very best services available. We are proud of the fact that we respond quickly and effectively to any problem that a clients employee might have. We must admit, however, that there are limitations to what we can do.

Our nationwide network of attorneys deal with common problems that group legal plan members face. Our legal professionals, located in every community where there is a Countrywide client organization, do their best but there are some parts of the law that can be unfamiliar ground. Continue reading

stockfresh_3576539_stressed-female-graduate-holding-stacks-of-hundred-dollar-bills_sizeS-200x300College debt is not something anyone wants to deal with, but those who have outstanding balances must face those figures. College is now a life experience that carries a cost that may take years to pay. The figures are as large as a mortgage.

Young employees and even those with five or more years of seniority are trying to deal with a situation affecting their life decisions (e.g., buying a house, starting a family, etc.). The good news is that there are ways to handle the financial situation. A plan of what to do, however, is essential. But there is the rub; many do not know what to do and how to create a realistic system for paying college debt. Therefore, they need some good advice and need it right away. Fortunately, Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services is here to offer assistance that resolves a rough situation. Continue reading

sad-dollar-300x129It’s easy to be cynical about the government if all you hear are the screw-ups that happen. Yet, despite what skeptical folks may say, the government on all levels provides needed services on a routine basis to millions of people. These include medical support, education benefits, help with housing, transportation, and even food delivery. Public agencies exist to serve you, and not everyone realizes that.

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