Legal Services Plan

The Legal Services Plan, administered by Hyatt Legal Services, provides you with professional legal assistance on a range of matters for a low monthly fee. The plan provides access to a network of participating attorneys in private practice to help you with personal, confidential legal matters.

Low-Cost Help with a Variety of Legal Matters

For the cost of your monthly premium, you can receive professional legal assistance with matters like these:

  • Wills and estate planning, including living wills, powers of attorney, trusts and codicils (updates to wills). Please note that simple will preparation services are also available to U-M faculty and staff members enrolled in the U-M Optional Life Insurance Plan through MetLife.
  • Real estate matters, including eviction defense; problems with your landlord; and buying, selling or refinancing your home.
  • Family law matters, including name change, uncontested adoption and guardianship. (Note that the plan covers advice about divorce but does not cover representation in a divorce case.)
  • Debt defense (problems with creditors).
  • Defense of civil lawsuits.
  • Document preparation, including deeds, demand letters, promissory notes and mortgages.

New identity protection services will be added to the plan effective January 1, 2016. View Open Enrollment for more information on the new services for plan members.

The Legal Services Plan covers telephone advice and office consultations, so even if you are not sure you need legal representation, or if you need guidance with a legal matter not covered by the plan, your legal plan covers the initial consultation at no cost to you.

If you need representation on a matter not covered by the plan, your participating attorney will give you a written fee agreement in advance. That means you’ll know from the start what those services will cost you.

Coverage Exception

You cannot use legal plan services to file a lawsuit against the University of Michigan.

Legal Service Plan Rates

You pay the full cost for enrollment in the Legal Services Plan. There is no university contribution. Faculty and staff pay the premium for the Legal Services Plan through automated after-tax payroll deductions. Retirees can pay by Electronic Funds Transfer or receive a monthly billing statement to pay by check or money order.  

The monthly rate is based on the coverage level you select at the time you enroll:

  • For 2015, coverage for you only is $6.74 per month.
    For 2016, the rate is $8.34.
     
  • For 2015, coverage for you and one or more dependents is $11.74 per month.
    For 2016, the rate is $13.34.

If you are paid monthly, payroll deductions for U-M benefits will be taken from each monthly paycheck.

If you are paid biweekly, payroll deductions will be taken from your first two paychecks each month. If there are three pay dates in a month, no benefits deductions will be taken from the third paycheck.

For More Information

  • Call Hyatt Legal Services toll free at 1-800-821-6400
  • Download the free Hyatt Legal Plans app from Google Play or the iTunes® App Store
  • Access U-M Legal Services Plan information on the web:
  1. Go to the Hyatt Legal Plans website
  2. Under Employees/Members on the Hyatt Legal Plans home page, click "enter here"
  3. Click "Thinking of Enrolling?" on the next page
  4. Enter the access code 2100010 for "member only" or 2110010 for "member plus one"