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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.
Here's an interesting thought. If you got sick and needed an emergency surgery, you would be able to get it, even without insurance. So, what happens if you have an important legal problem you need help with? Could you afford to take care of it and would your employer have any way to help you?
Melodie Summers and Ben Larsen were shocked to discover that in many cases, the answer to these questions is no. This is why so many legal issues go unaddressed. While there are pre-paid legal services available, most of them are national companies that are difficult to reach and don't understand the local market.
These two lawyers went the distance to investigate pre-paid legal services. They talked to attorneys to discover what was lacking or what they didn't like. Then they interviewed subscribers about what was working for them and what wasn't. They discovered a pressing need and set out to fulfill it by forming Core Legal Services.
This Salt Lake City company is designed to get to the core of any legal problem and creates a positive alternative to what's already out there. It's a pre-paid legal and attorney referral plan that's streamlined to provide subscribers exactly what they need more efficiently. Instead of talking to someone who's out of state, you reach someone right here who understands the local market.
As a bonus, all funds also stay right here in Utah. When we purchase a product made in Utah, it has the effect of adding up to $6 to our local economy.
Melodie and Ben make a great team. She has been serving minority populations ever since opening her law practice a year ago. Ben is a lifelong entrepreneur who started his first business at the young age of 15. They are both excited to create a company designed to help a lot of people and are delighted with the response Core Legal Services has already received.
As an interesting side note, Core Legal Services relocated last year to be part of the North Temple beautification project. She's the first attorney to do so.
For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.