The Pre-Paid Legal Story: The Story of One Man, His Company and Its Mission to Provide Affordable Legal Protection for Everyone

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It began by accident. In 1969 Harland Stonecipher came face-to-face with the high price of justice when a car accident he was involved in found its way into the courts. Even though the accident was not his fault, the staggering costs of legal protection nearly destroyed him financially. This traumatic experience planted the seeds of a vision that would eventually become Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc., the company that is revolutionizing justice in America by giving average citizens access to top lawyers for as ...
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Overview

It began by accident. In 1969 Harland Stonecipher came face-to-face with the high price of justice when a car accident he was involved in found its way into the courts. Even though the accident was not his fault, the staggering costs of legal protection nearly destroyed him financially. This traumatic experience planted the seeds of a vision that would eventually become Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc., the company that is revolutionizing justice in America by giving average citizens access to top lawyers for as little as $15 a month. Inside, discover the dramatic story of Pre-Paid Legal and its army of enthusiastic associates who together make legal protection not just a privilege for the few, but a right for all.
About the Authors
Harland C. Stonecipher is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. He lives in Ada, Oklahoma.
James W. Robinson, the author of the bestselling The Excel Phenomenon and Empire of Freedom, is senior adviser to the United States Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Los Angeles.
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What People Are Saying

Frank Keating
Frank Keating, Governor of Oklahoma

Harland Stonecipher is an entrepreneurial pioneer in the Oklahoma tradition. He saw a need and staked his claim. This book is more than a lesson in how to make money; it is also the story of how one man and one company have filled a vital need for many Americans-free enterprise at its freest and most enterprising.

John Lisle
John Lisle, partner, The Lisle law firm, P.A.

We lawyers couldn't provide affordable legal services for the average American until Harland Stonecipher, a non-lawyer, struck a match to light the way. He, more than any other person, is responsible for making the words, 'Equal Justice Under the Law,' more than a hollow promise that applies only to the wealthy.

Michael C. Turpen
Michael C. Turpen, former Attorney General, State of Oklahoma

No longer must one hear, 'You need more justice than you can afford.' Pre-Paid has opened the courthouse doors to all Americans. We can all be thankful for this incredible man and his inspirational and uplifting story.

Ronald P. Glantz
Ronald P. Glantz, past chairman, American PrePaid Legal Services Institute

I hail Harland Stonecipher as a pioneer in creating legal access for millions of Americans. His vision continues to sweep away the financial barriers to a legal system that has denied justice to many, if not most, of our people.

Sidney S. Friedman
Sidney, S. Friedman, partner, law firm of Weinstock, Stevan, Harris & Friedman, P.A.

At long last, we learn the inside story of the birth and growth of Pre-Paid Legal Services from its visionary founder who had the foresight and tenacity to revolutionize the delivery of legal services so it would be affordable to the vast majority of Americans. At the same time Harland Stonecipher provides unlimited economic opportunity to any person who joins his multilevel networking program. The story is fascinating and entertaining.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761522218
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/23/2000
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 8.83 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

James W. Robinson, author of Better Speeches in Ten Simple Steps, Doing Business in Vietnam, and After the Revolution (all from Prima), is a veteran speechwriter and political communicator who has worked for some of America's top business leaders and elected officials, including Ronald Reagan, former California governor George Deukmejian, and California attorney general Dan Lungren. From 1987 to 1993 he served as the trade representative for the governor of California and later as the state?s world trade commissioner. His accomplishments include overseeing the establishment of California?s five foreign trade and investment offices, including its Asian offices located in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Mr. Robinson is currently the vice president of public affairs for the American Trucking Association.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
1 It Started by Accident 1
2 The Myth of Equal Justice 13
3 Too Many Lawsuits--Not Enough Justice 37
4 Keeping the Promise: The Pre-Paid Legal Concept 59
5 Only in America 97
6 Against the Odds 121
7 The Pre-Paid Legal Business Opportunity 147
8 Profiles of Success 187
9 "Overnight Success" at Last 255
Index 273
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2000

    Thank you Mr Stonecipher.

    The book is excellent! I share it with all in my presence. If you think you don't need an attorney read the book. After reading the book I found even more ways to use my membership. The book is a need to read. The service is a need to have. Remember one lawsuit big or small will bring years of set back to you and your family. Pay a little now...or a lot later. Buy the book you will know why we all need the service. I personally have saved thousands in legal fees in just the past couple of months. I would not be without this service or my book in America. I recommend this book to all who reside in America. After reading this book you'll become a part of America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2000

    A Need To Read...

    This is a book that is a 'must-read'... Mr. Stonecipher is definitely one of the most insightful people I've met and his company is definitely an awesome opportunity for people of all backgrounds. Pre-paid legal service is an excellent provider for those of us that are in need of legal service at an affordable price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2000

    Justice should not be the color of Money!

    Harland Stonecipher is the All-American that we all wish we could be. In this book it tells of a man who had a vision from the time of his untimely accident to the present. Mr. Stonecipher is changing the face of Justice in America and so are the many associates of Pre-Paid Legal Services. The Legal Revolution of America has began, and it is high time that there is truely 'Equal Justice for All'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2000

    'Nothing Can Stop An Idea Who's Time Has Come'

    It's not very often a story comes along that highlights a true American tale. A story whereby a man comes from near poverty to change the face of the world we live in. This book is just that and it's a true story! The sole purpose behind the book, and the company, is to bring awareness to every American that 'Justice For All' as stated in the Pledge of Allegiance is not a reality...yet. This is a heartwarming tale of a true American citizen and one that calls each of us to action. There is a Legal Revolution going on in America because the color of justice should not be green. This man and this company will be a part of mainstream America for many years to come. A MUST READ!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    Liberty and Justice for All!

    I suppose I am biased. My life totally changed 5 short months ago when I became a Pre-Paid Legal Associate. I had the service and only mentioned it casually to friends, when I discovered the need in the marketplace. Pre-Paid Legal is a much needed service and it is going to change the face of justice in this country. It is amazing how much money the Pre-Paid Legal Associates are making simply by telling others about this much needed service. This book details the life and vision of Harold Stonecipher. I had the opportunity to hear him speak and he is powerful. A God-fearing man. A visionary. He helped me remember that Justice is not a commodity, its a right! Read this book. Know the story. Change your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2000

    The Legal Revolution

    One man, with a purpose, can make a difference! Harland Stonecipher, over the last 30 years, has been committed to changing our legal system and making it truly accessible to all. For 30 years he has persued his mission, and along the way has created legal justice for all. This book beautifully portrays the full story of his life's struggle and his ongoing journey to change an out-dated, and sometimes unfair, legal system. At the same time, because of his incredibly entrepreneurial spirit, he has created an opportunity for thousands of independent associates to create financial independence by helping bring pre-paid legal services to the marketplace. We are indebted to Mr. Stonecipher for his vision and persistence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2000

    A Great Man, A Great Mind, A Great Idea For ALL

    Envisioning a future in which the rights we all are supposed to have are actually ours to use and enjoy wasn't easy for Stonecipher, but working and sacrificing to make it real was harder still. This is a great business book like those by Morita, Walton, Trump, and Iacocca, but UNlike those other great business leaders and authors, Harland Stonecipher invites YOU to take a part in his great company with him and profit from it. A book that not only enlightens--it offers YOU a golden opportunity for your own family's future, and more than pays for its purchase price. A book you'll read with wonder and enthusiasm and, perhaps, take as your guidebook to your own success with Pre-Paid Legal Services and Harland Stonecipher.

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