Questions regarding your benefit? Here are some important numbers or contacts:
In Juneau, 586-9855 or 586-2334 or fax 586-5905
(800) 478-9991 toll-free
NEWS...THERE IS NO LONGER A FREE
TELEPHONE CONSULTATION SERVICE. THE PLAN BOOKLET WILL BE UPDATED SOON
TO REFLECT THAT. SORRY ABOUT THE OUTDATED INFO.
Now... Let's Get Started
Do you have this benefit?
One of the eligibility criteria is that you must be a member or fee payer in one of the following APEA/AFT bargaining units:
State of Alaska Confidential
Employees Association (CEA)
Fairbanks North Star
Borough Employees Assoc. (FNSBEA)
Juneau Mental Health
Support Staff (JESS)
Nome Joint Utilities
State of Alaska
Supervisory Unit (SU)
Employees Association (KBEA)
The SU is our largest group of members with about 2,300 participants.
If you are a State of Alaska Employee but not in the Supervisory Unit
or the Confidential Employees Association with us, then you are most likely in the General Government Unit (GGU)
with ASEA. The Alaska State Employees Association's GGU members also have a legal
trust benefit but it is not associated with this Plan.
If you are a GGU member, please go to
www.asealegalservices.org or call your third party administrator at
Labor Trust Services in Anchorage at (800) 325-6532 extension 4228.
We also coordinate benefits for you. If you and your
spouse are both APEA/AFT members, please let us know by completing that portion of the
Member Agreement form. Benefits will be paid equally between both members'
benefits. OR, if
your spouse has a legal service benefit through a different union (i.e. ASEA for GGU
members), the primary member's union pays first and routes the payment copy to
the secondary member's union for either payment or file. A primary member is
defined as having the earlier birth month and day.
Your maximum benefit is $2,000.00 for covered services
each Plan year. Our Plan year is July 1 thru June 30. This benefit
amount does not carry over into the next Plan year. If your matter is
unfinished, payment for services beginning July 1 will come out of your new
Plan year benefit.
Effective July 1, 2015, the Plan Attorneys listed on the website have agreed
to restrict their rate to $150 per hour for our members. If the attorney
you would like to handle your case is not listed on our website, please refer
to Section 4 of the Plan Booklet where it explains in detail the difference between using a Plan Attorney
vs. a Non-Plan attorney. Non-Plan attorneys may charge their regular hourly rate
but when the exceed $150 per hour, the Trust will only pay $100.00 per hour.
You must pay the balance. Or, ask them
to lower their rate for you in order to be paid at 100% up to your maximum.
Sometimes they will. :)