As a member-driven organization with more than a 150-year history, TEA listens to the needs of members, regularly adding services that make educators’ lives easier both in and outside of the classroom.
TEA’s Attorney Referral Program (ARP) is the newest benefit added this year, providing members with legal advice on personal matters. The exclusive benefit entitles TEA members to two free 30-minute consultations during each calendar year, and reduced rates below participating attorneys’ usual fees if additional legal help is needed.
“TEA has perhaps the most respected, experienced team of education attorneys in the state, but in today’s complex world, simply having legal help for employment-related matters is not enough,” said TEA President Beth Brown. “That’s why we launched the TEA ARP in partnership with NEA, which entitles every member to affordable legal advice through a network of participating attorneys.”
TEA members, along with their spouses, domestic partners and dependent children, can receive legal help in Tennessee or any state offering this benefit through a growing nationwide attorney referral network. The TEA ARP benefit covers five core areas: wills and estates, real estate, domestic relations, consumer protection, and traffic violations, offered at a 30 percent discount off of participating attorneys’ normal rates.
“To contact a participating attorney in your area or if you need help outside of Tennessee, please contact your UniServ coordinator,” Brown said.
Before attorneys may participate in the TEA ARP, they must be approved by both the NEA and TEA, and they agree, when possible, to provide legal services to members at times that are convenient to our members outside of the normal work day.
“Participating attorneys also agree to discuss fees before they render services, and to accept payment of their fees by installment payment plan or by credit card,” said Steve McCloud, TEA assistant executive director and chief legal counsel.
“You would then be free to contact any participating attorney directly — identifying yourself as a TEA member who is taking advantage of the TEA ARP,” McCloud said. “It’s important to note that during the two free 30-minute consultations in every calendar year, members can discuss any legal matter except income tax preparation.”
For more information and details regarding areas of law covered under the TEA ARP benefit, please visit TEAteachers.org/tea-attorney-referral-program.