Professional Employees Legal Services

Professional Employees Legal Services Plan (PELS) was established in 1982 through collective bargaining and has been assisting both active members and retirees of Local 375 with their legal needs since that time.

Legal services are provided to eligible Local 375 members and retirees, and their eligible family members in many areas of the law. (See the “Summary of Benefits” below.)

Services are provided by staff attorneys working exclusively for our legal plan participants and having offices at Local 375’s business address at 125 Barclay Street, Suite 600, New York, New York 10007, phone:  (212) 815-7530. Although participants in the PELS plan may remain responsible for any out of pocket expenses related to their legal matters, NO ATTORNEY FEES ARE CHARGED by our staff offices for the legal services provided to PELS participants.  

The Plan is administered by a board of Trustees, comprised of elected officers and officials of Local 375, and the type and extent of those benefits provided are governed by legal plan documents established through collective bargaining. The Trustees appoint the Plan’s Director and General Counsel, who is an attorney, and who is licensed to practice law in the State of New York. The Director and General Counsel supervises and directs the day-to-day operations of the legal plan.

SUMMARY OF BENEFITS
The PELS plan was designed to assist its participants in many areas of law other than employment and business matters. The types of services provided include the following, some of which are limited to advice and consultation, but most of which entitle the plan participant to full representation:

  1. Preparation of Wills;
  2. Matters involving a participant’s debts of more than $1,000.00 in controversy, including personal bankruptcy filings and the defense of foreclosure proceedings interposed against a participant’s primary one-family residence;
  3. Correction of inaccurate credit reports;
  4. Disputes with utilities (gas, electric, phone) provided the amount in controversy exceeds $1,000.00;
  5. The defense of Housing Court actions that could result in a participant’s eviction from a primary residence;
  6. Consultations regarding entitlements from government agencies;
  7. Divorces, legal separations and annulment;
  8. Review by a lawyer of a legal document;
  9. Buying or selling a one-family house, cooperative apartment or condominium if it is the participant’s primary residence;
  10. Name Changes; and
  11. Representation in Family Court in many matters, including disputes over custody, visitation and paternity of children; matters involving spouse abuse other family violence; parental adoption of minor dependants; and the guardianship of minors. (NOTE: Services related to child support are limited to a single telephone consultation.)

THIS IS NOT A COMPREHENSIVE LISTING OF BENEFITS. IF YOUR PROBLEM OR CONCERN IS NOT INCLUDED, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE TO FIND OUT WHETHER IT IS COVERED.