ADA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jeff Bell, CEO of LegalShield, one of North America’s leading providers of affordable, responsive and accountable legal and identity theft protection plans for individuals, families and small businesses, has been tapped to serve on the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs and technology executives.
Bell joins other Forbes Technology Council members, all who have been hand-selected, to become part of a curated network of successful peers and have access to a variety of exclusive benefits and resources, including the opportunity to submit thought leadership articles and tips on industry-related topics for publishing on Forbes.com.
Forbes Councils combine an innovative, high-touch approach to community management perfected by the team behind Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) with the extensive resources and global reach of Forbes. As a result, Forbes Council members get access to the people, benefits and expertise they need to grow their businesses — and a dedicated member concierge who acts as an extension of their own team, providing personalized one-on-one support.
“I am delighted to join such a valuable and important online technology community,” said Jeff Bell. “I look forward to contributing to the council and further reinforcing LegalShield’s leadership role in the industry,” comments Jeff Bell.
“What we’ve created is like a combination of Uber, Yelp! and PayPal. Like Uber, we have a growing marketplace that matches members with law firms. Like Yelp!, our law firms and their lawyers are held accountable because every member is surveyed on their satisfaction with the service. Like PayPal, we also provide many helpful DIY tools for our members,” continued Bell.
According to a recent study from the American Bar Association there is a growing need for low-cost (and on-demand) legal services. The study found that more than 80% of low-income Americans are unable to receive the legal help they need due to cost barriers with the current average hourly attorney fees now ranging between $200 and $520.
“Americans face significant exposure to legal and identity theft issues every day and it is appalling that so many people walk away from their rights because they believe they can’t afford to protect them,” continued Bell. “We believe the color of justice should not be green and through our technology we help to provide equal access to equal justice equal for all.”
Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, says, “We are honored to welcome Jeff Bell into the community. Our mission with Forbes Councils is to curate successful professionals from every industry, creating a vetted, social capital-driven network that helps every member make an even greater impact on the business world.”
Long respected for its pioneering spirit to democratize access to justice for all, LegalShield, provides such access to more than 1.6 million families and serves over 4.2 million individuals. The company’s leading IDShield service provides identity monitoring, and both consultation and restoration services by the industry’s only dedicated team of licensed private investigators. In addition, LegalShield and IDShield serve more than 141,000 businesses.
LegalShield is a subscription-based legal service which helps citizens live free under the law. A Covered Person has toll-free telephone access to a Provider Attorney on a 24-hour per day basis for covered legal emergencies.