Who Knew? “Pre-Paid” Legal Services

3:52 PM August 5th, 2009 by Beth Slovicphoto

For about a month now, Tom Benson has been pitching “pre-paid” legal services to Portlanders from a table across from the Multnomah County Courthouse downtown.

Never heard of that? Neither had I. So this afternoon I stopped by Benson’s table to learn about the company, which charges about $360 a year per couple.

Fair warning: If you stop to talk to Benson, too, you’ll learn a “pre-paid” legal service works “like an HMO” with referrals to lawyers, then time will stop and you’ll feel like you’re trapped in an infomercial for the Slap Chop.

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In the brief moment I was at the table, a man who looked like he might actually need a lawyer’s help came rushing over. “Are you going to be here for another 30 minutes?” he asked. Yes, Benson said. But instead of indicating he was interested in Benson’s services, he handed the salesman a folding knife. “Can you watch this for my girlfriend?” he asked. “She has to go in there,” he said, gesturing at the courthouse. Now, there’s a business niche.


For more information on what a Pre-Paid Legal membership consists of, please log on to http://www.prepaidlegal.com/hub/bking62 or http://www.greatworkplan.com/betterlife4u or call 1-866-510-7907.


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