With the rising costs of legal services and the increasing complexity of the legal system, Legal Expense Insurance has become an increasingly popular option for businesses seeking protection against financial losses related to legal proceedings.
Legal Expense Insurance, also known as Legal Protection Insurance, is a type of insurance coverage designed to help businesses fill the gaps in their current commercial insurance portfolio. Our legal expense insurance provides access to general legal information and financial coverage for the costs of hiring a lawyer, defending your legal rights, or pursuing an unexpected legal case.
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Chances are a small business owner will deal with at least one legal dispute in the next three years and even COVID isn’t an excuse: only 38% of legal disputes were pandemic related over the past few years, the other 62% were due to simply running the day-to-day operations. And this isn’t an isolated incident; 70% of small businesses have dealt with at least one legal dispute in the last there years. That’s up 230% compared to 2015! Legal risk is on the rise and it’s no longer an ‘if’ something happens, it’s ‘when’.
The majority of time spent resolving legal issues sees the average small business owner spend 61% of their time resolving contract disputes and collecting money owed. Not a very sunny picture and it’s not surprising that 73% of owners feel that legal disputes are a source of mental stress.
Talk to your broker about legal expense insurance. With the average rate for an experienced lawyer in Canada ringing in at about $400 per hour, a legal expense policy is just good math.
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A Commercial Legal Expense Insurance policy protects your business, and your employees by covering legal costs for unexpected legal events, providing access to general legal information, and empowering you to defend or pursue your legal rights. Speak with your licensed broker to thoroughly understand coverages, limits, and exclusions on the policy.
Get confidential general telephone legal advice. The purpose of the legal information helpline is to provide the insured with access to legal input to help determine their legal rights and options under the laws of the applicable province and the federal laws of Canada [with the exception of Quebec].
In addition to covering the cost of legal proceedings, legal expense insurance can also provide a range of additional benefits, such as access to legal advice and support, and help with the preparation of legal documents. This can be especially important for individuals and businesses who are unfamiliar with the legal system, as navigating the legal process can be complicated and time-consuming.
General legal advice, guidance and clarity are just a phone call away. Lawyers will respond quickly to your inquiry and provide you with a clear course of action. Call as often as you need and give yourself the confidence to deal with a potential or in-progress legal situation.
Whether you’re facing a legal dispute, seeking legal advice, or simply looking for peace of mind, legal expense insurance can provide the financial support you need to navigate the legal system with confidence. To find the right policy for your needs, it’s important to compare policies and understand what you’re getting for your money. Fill out the form above or call us today and get the right legal expense insurance coverage.
There are many different types of commercial legal expense insurance available through our program; each designed to meet specific needs and budgets. Some policies offer coverage for a wide range of legal proceedings, while others are more specialized, covering only specific types of cases. Some coverages are also optional.
If your business faces criminal charges, a police investigation or an occupational health and safety investigation. If you are being prosecuted for an alleged criminal offence arising from your work as an employee.
If your business faces a suspension, alteration or cancellation of its business licence. If you face a revocation or suspension of your driver’s license after an event arising in connection with a motor vehicle.
This optional coverage is if you face a dispute with a client or supplier in breach of contract or failing to pay an amount owed. If you are involved in a dispute relating to buying or selling goods, obtaining services.
If you or one of your employees is injured on the job because of someone else’s negligence. If a sudden accident causes illness, bodily injury, or death to you or to one of your family members.
If you face legal action from an employee or ex-employee. If you face a dispute relating to your contract of employment or future employment.
If there is trespass or legal nuisance to your property. If an event causes physical damage to your personal property.
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One of the key factors to consider when choosing legal expense insurance is the level of coverage provided. Some policies may provide comprehensive coverage, while others may only offer coverage for specific types of legal proceedings. It’s important to choose a policy that meets your needs and provides the level of protection you’re looking for.
Another important factor to consider is the cost of the policy. Legal expense insurance can be expensive, and the cost of coverage can vary greatly between policies and providers. It’s important to carefully compare policies and understand what you’re getting for your money before choosing a policy.
A senior staff engineer is dismissed with cause, for repeatedly being late and missing important client meetings. The former employee commences a wrongful dismissal action alleging that her employers did not have cause to dismiss her, and as such did not give the required notice. As there was documented evidence of the engineer’s tardiness, Legal Expense Insurance will retain counsel to defend the engineering firm.
While taking the train home from her office, an accountant accidently leaves an unencrypted USB key with client data on the train. A week later, her firm receives complaints from two major clients who claim that their confidential financial information has been posted online and they intend to take legal action for failing to protect their privacy. Legal Expense Insurance will retain a lawyer to defend the accounting firm’s legal rights in relation to failing to comply with privacy legislation requirements.
The employees of an adjacent business are consistently using an accounting firm’s parking spaces, leaving their employees and clients with no place to park. The firm provided notice not to trespass, but the problem persisted. The firm now wishes to bring legal action. Legal Protection Insurance will secure legal representation to pursue the action.
While working on a project at a client’s premises, an IT consultant is electrocuted due to faulty wiring that the client should have replaced. The consultant is hospitalized resulting in lost wages and pain and suffering. There is no Workers’ Compensation cover for this instance. The Legal Expense Insurance will provide a lawyer and cover legal costs to pursue legal action against the client company.
An engineering firm took reasonable care to ensure that its yearly tax return was completed accurately, but an error in total billable hours was nevertheless made. The Canada Revenue Agency is now conducting a tax audit relating to liability for HST. Legal Expense Insurance will secure legal representation to pursue the legal rights of the business in respect of the tax audit. *The above scenarios are examples only. Coverage is subject to terms, conditions and exclusions of the policy.