A pre-paid legal service (PPL or PPLS) is an individual or group low-cost insurance provider for specific, limited legal services (usually basic, but sometimes specialized) from participating law firms and attorneys at costs considerably less than independently hiring these providers. PPL services may be provided on an "open" basis, with a subscriber selecting specialists relatively freely from a pool of participating providers, or in a "closed" system, in which most or all services are provided to a subscriber by one central law firm. Pre-paid legal services have existed since the early 1900s, and have increased in popularity since the 1970s.
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... The pre-paid legal service industry has existed in Europe since 1907, but is a relatively recent phenomenon in North America ... Legal plans have been sold in the United States since at least the early 1970s ... While some plans are marketed via pre-paid legal service companies, or even independent attorneys and law firms, directly (often specializing in specific legal fields), most plans are offered by companies ...
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