Security Officer Program Terms

TEXAS LAW SHIELD LLP, LEGAL SERVICE CONTRACT
PRIVATE SECURITY OFFICER LEGAL DEFENSE PROGRAM

  1. DEFINITIONS
    1. “Contracting Attorney” or “Attorney” – A licensed attorney that Texas Law Shield LLP contracts with to provide legal services for the Legal Service Contract Holder under this Legal Service Contract.
    2. “Legal Service Contract” – The present agreement entered into between Legal Service Contract Holder and Texas Law Shield LLP for consideration and under which Texas Law Shield LLP will obtain legal services for the Legal Service Contract Holder through a Contracting Attorney.
    3. “Legal Service Contract Holder” – Is the purchaser and holder of this Legal Service Contract who must be a bona fide, credentialed non-commissioned security officer, commissioned security officer and/or personal protection officer.
  2. COVERED INCIDENTS: On Duty Covered Incident
  3. A “covered incident” shall be defined as occurring when:

      1. Legal Service Contract Holder uses force or deadly force against a person or animal and the Covered Incident;
        1. occurs while Legal Service Contract Holder is on duty and engaging in his or her employment as a non-commissioned security guard, commissioned security officer or personal protection officer; and
        2. is in furtherance of Legal Service Contract Holder’s employment duties.
  4. PARTIES
    1. This Legal Service Contract is administered by Texas Law Shield LLP who shall provide Legal Service Contract Holders with a Contracting Attorney for any legal services covered by this Legal Service Contract. Texas Law Shield LLP shall offer the Legal Service Contract in the State of Texas. The Contracting Attorney shall perform the legal services described herein.
    2. The Legal Service Contract Holder is the party who shall benefit from the legal services provided by Texas Law Shield LLP. The benefits provided under this Legal Service Contract shall be available only to the Legal Service Contract Holders.
    3. ____________________, is the sales representative who sold or solicited this Legal Service Contract on behalf of Texas Law Shield LLP.
  5. ELIGIBILITY & EFFECTIVE DATE
  6. The legal services described herein shall be available to the Legal Service Contract Holder who enrolls and pays the appropriate fee under the Legal Service Contract. The effective date of the legal services is the day of signup where the first payment is made by the Legal Service Contract Holder. There is no termination date under this Legal Service Contract.

    The legal services described herein are not available to the dependents, heirs or assigns of the Legal Service Contract Holder.

  7. LEGAL SERVICES & BENEFITS
  8. The consideration provided by the Legal Service Contract Holder entitles them to the following legal services by a Contracting Attorney and these services may be utilized by calling Texas Law Shield LLP on the business telephone numbers provided on membership cards, or, in case of emergency the 24/7 hotline telephone number provided to each Legal Service Contract Holder.

    1. Legal representation is provided by a Contracting Attorney in any administrative hearing with the State Office of Administrative Hearings, criminal or any civil proceeding occurring in Texas against the Legal Service Contract Holder arising directly from a covered incident involving the Legal Service Contract Holder. Legal representation under this Legal Service Contract shall not include appeals of a trial court’s judgment to a court of appeals. This agreement provides no benefit for any incident that took place prior to the effective date of this Legal Service Contract or after its termination.
    2. An emergency hotline is maintained and answered 24 hours a day by a Contracting Attorney for legal advice immediately after a Covered Incident by the Legal Service Contract Holder.
    3. The Legal Service Contract Holder will also receive:
      1. Periodic updates on topics on law and private security issues;
      2. Educational material; and
      3. A Membership card with unique member number.
  9. DEDUCTIBLES AND COPAYMENTS
  10. There are no deductibles or copayments under this Legal Service Contract.

  11. LIMITATIONS & EXCLUSIONS
    1. The Legal Service Contract Holder must have acted within the course and scope of their employment as a non- commissioned security officer, commissioned security officer, and/or personal protection officer during the Covered Incident to receive the benefits of this Legal Services Contract.
    2. Legal Service Contract Holder Must Possess Proper Credentials.
      1. Non-Commissioned Security Officer: In order for a non-commissioned Legal Service Contract Holder to receive legal representation in a Covered Incident, the Legal Service Contract Holder must have successfully completed Level II training and the examination required by Texas Occupations Code §1702.117.
      2. Commissioned Security Officer: In order for the Legal Service Contract Holder to receive legal representation in a Covered Incident where a weapon was displayed or discharged, the Legal Service Contract Holder must have: (1) successfully completed Level III training requirements under Texas Occupations Code §1702.1675; (2) met the firearm requirements of Texas Occupations Code §1702.168 and §1702.1685; and (3) successfully completed a written and physical demonstration handgun proficiency examination within 90 days before the issuance date of the security officer commission.
      3. Personal Protection Officer: In order for the Legal Service Contract Holder acting as a personal protection officer to receive the benefits of this Legal Service Contract, he or she must have: (1) received a certificate of completion of basic security officer training course and completed Level IV training requirements under Texas Occupations Code §1702.204, (2) been issued a security officer commission, (3) been employed at the time of application by an investigations company or guard company licensed by the Texas Private Security Board, (4) completed the required training in nonlethal self-defense or defense of a third person, and (5) satisfactorily completed the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory test. The Legal Service Contract Holder must be engaged in the performance of their personal protection duties and carry their firearm concealed unless wearing a security officer uniform.
    3. Legal Service Contract Holder Must Be In Legal Possession of Weapon or Firearm.
      1. Texas Law Shield LLP will have no obligations whatsoever to provide an Attorney for Legal Service Contract Holder if at the time the Legal Service Contract Holder uses his or her weapon or firearm, the Legal Service Contract Holder was not in lawful possession under local, state and federal law.
    4. Legal Service Contract Holder Cannot Be In the Commission of a Crime During Covered Incident.
      1. This Legal Service Contract specifically excludes any legal representation for the Legal Service Contract Holder’s conduct, if at the time of the Covered Incident, Legal Service Contract Holder was in the commission of any crime for which justification under state law is inapplicable. Further, sexual conduct by the Legal Service Contract Holder is hereby defined as not part of the “course and scope of employment” and is specifically excluded.
  12. TRANSFERABILITY & REIMBURSMENT
  13. The Legal Service Contract is not transferable and the benefits contained herein are not assignable and shall provide no amount of reimbursement of costs, fees or expenses not specifically covered by this contract.

  14. CANCELLATION OF CONTRACT & REINSTATEMENT
    1. A Legal Service Contract Holder may terminate the Legal Service Contract by providing Texas Law Shield LLP with written notice of Legal Service Contract Holder’s intent to terminate the contract not later than the seventh day after the date the Legal Service Contract Holder receives the contract.
    2. If the Legal Service Contract is terminated by the Legal Service Contract Holder in accordance with Section A above and the Legal Service Contract Holder has not sought legal services under the contract before termination, the Legal Service Contract is void and Texas Law Shield LLP shall refund the Legal Service Contract Holder or credit the Legal Service Contract Holder’s account the full purchase price of the contract.
    3. Texas Law Shield LLP may cancel a Legal Service Contract by mailing a written notice of cancellation to the Legal Service Contract Holder to the last known address according to the records of Texas Law Shield LLP Texas Law Shield LLP must mail notice before the fifth day preceding the effective date of the cancellation. The notice must state the effective date of the cancellation and the reason for cancellation.
    4. Texas Law Shield LLP is not required to provide prior notice of cancellation if the Legal Service Contract is cancelled because of:
      1. Nonpayment;
      2. A material misrepresentation by the Legal Service Contract Holder to Texas Law Shield LLP;
      3. A substantial breach of a duty by the Legal Service Contract Holder; or
      4. Cancellation of the contract by the Legal Service Contract Holder to Texas Law Shield LLP.
    5. There shall be a grace period of 31 Days for non-payment. If terminated for non-payment, the Legal Service Contract will be reinstated, with full rights and benefits, provided (1) the contract is not terminated pursuant to subsection D(ii) or D(iii) above, (2) the Legal Contract Holder remits to Texas Law Shield LLP within 31 days from the date the amounts owing first became delinquent all fees necessary to pay the Legal Service Contract to a current status, and (3) there has been no Covered Incident during the period in which the Legal Contract Holder has been delinquent in making payments
  15. DUTIES OF LEGAL SERVICE CONTRACT HOLDER
    1. Legal Service Contract Holder has a duty to promptly notify Texas Law Shield LLP if a Covered Incident occurs involving the Legal Service Contract Holder.
    2. The Legal Service Contract Holder agrees to fully cooperate with Contracting Attorney in a defense at any legal proceeding, attend any and all court dates, court hearings, and other official appearances in connection with the charges in this matter. The Legal Service Contract Holder agrees further to immediately inform Texas Law Shield LLP and Contracting Attorney of anything that will prevent the Legal Service Contract Holder from attending scheduled court dates or appearances.
    3. It is agreed that the Legal Service Contract Holder will keep all appointments with Texas Law Shield LLP or any Contracting Attorney and, if an unexpected event occurs that prevents keeping an appointment, the Legal Service Contract Holder agrees to immediately notify Texas Law Shield LLP if an appointment cannot be kept.
    4. The Legal Service Contract Holder agrees to promptly inform Texas Law Shield LLP of all changes in his or her address or telephone number.
    5. Request for legal services may be initiated by calling Texas Law Shield LLP’s emergency hotline or phoning the office at (877) 474-7184, or through email at support@texaslawshield.com.
  16. GENERAL PROVISIONS
    1. Items Not Covered Under This Contract. It is expressly understood that any expenses associated with investigators, expert witnesses, witness attendance, or other persons necessary to assist in the defense of the case, bail bonds, or other court fees shall be solely the responsibility of the Legal Services Contract Holder and paid directly by the Legal Service Contract Holder. This Legal Service Contract shall not cover expenses related to securing the testimony or evidence of any witness or expert witness, including but not limited to witness fees, witness travel expenses, and/or lodging.
    2. It is expressly understood that any expenses associated with an appeal taken to the Court of Appeals or the Court of Criminal Appeals, petition for discretionary review to the Court of Criminal Appeals, or any other form of appellate review, whether in state or federal court is not covered by this Legal Service Contract.
    3. No change in the contract is valid until the change has been approved by an executive officer of Texas Law Shield LLP and unless such change is endorsed or attached to the contract. There is no modification of the Legal Service Contract rates while it is in effect. Contract rates may be modified upon renewal of the Legal Service Contract on the anniversary date of signup.
    4. Complaint and Grievance. Any and all complaints, claims or grievances between the Legal Service Contract Holder and Texas Law Shield LLP or any of its affiliates and/or the Contracting Attorney and/or any of its affiliates shall be submitted to binding arbitration in Harris County, Texas, pursuant to the terms and provisions of the American Arbitration Association.
    5. Legal Service Contract Holder may at all times retain counsel different than provided under this contract, however, Legal Service Contract Holder shall be responsible for all attorneys’ fees, cost and expenses of this different counsel and shall receive no reimbursement under this contract.
    6. Subrogation rights – There are no subrogation rights under this Legal Services Contract.
    7. It is expressly agreed and understood that NO PROMISES OR GUARANTEES as to the outcome of any case (past, current or future) have been made to Legal Service Contract Holder by Texas Law Shield LLP or Contracting Attorney. It is further expressly agreed and understood that no other representations have been made to Legal Service Contract Holder, except for those set out in this contract.

Texas Law Shield LLP is a registered legal service contract company in the State of Texas. This Legal Service Contract is not an insurance contract. Legal service contract companies and their sales representatives are regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). You may contact TDLR at P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711, telephone (512) 463-6599, toll free (800) 803-9202, or legalservicecontract@license.state.tx.us.

855-246-1310

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Texas Law Shield, LLP

A Legal Services Company
1020 Bay Area Blvd., Suite 220
Houston, Texas 77058