DALLAS, Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LegalShield regretfully announced today the passing of its founder Harland C. Stonecipher. Mr. Stonecipher passed away on Monday, November 10 at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; oldest son, Allen, and his wife, Karen; and two grandsons, Greg and Zane. He was preceded in death by his parents; his youngest son, Brent; his daughter-in-law, Tina; and his granddaughter, Nikki.
"It is with great sadness and extraordinarily heavy hearts that we learned and now share with the public, the passing of Mr. Harland C. Stonecipher," said Jeff Bell, CEO of LegalShield. "Mr. Stonecipher founded Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. in 1972 and led the company to greatness throughout his 40 years at its helm. To many of us, he was, first and foremost, a leader of men and women and a business giant. Closer to home, we knew of his love for his family and the outdoors."
Stonecipher founded LegalShield in 1972 after he was involved in an automobile accident that opened his eyes to the non-existence of affordable legal services, an industry that is now $1 billion plus. From there, Stonecipher grew the company from a single-room operation to being listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The company was taken private by Mid-Ocean Partners in 2011.
Jeff Bell also stated, "Mr. Stonecipher is regarded as the pioneer of the North American prepaid legal services industry and has truly left a lasting impression on all of us and all of those who are protected through these services today."
LegalShield is one of the nation's leading providers of legal safeguards for individuals, families and small businesses. LegalShield also offers one of the industry's most affordable identity theft plans. Members receive identity theft protection for the entire family for the cost most competitors charge to cover a single individual. LegalShield legal plans cover more than 1.4 million families and 3.7 million lives across North America. For as low as $20 per month, LegalShield members get access to attorneys who are experienced in the areas of law that most impact families and small businesses. Unlike other legal plans or do-it-yourself websites, LegalShield has dedicated law firms in 49 states and four provinces in Canada that members can call for help without having to worry about high hourly rates. The attorneys at these firms have an average of 19 years of experience in such areas as family matters, estate planning, financial and business issues, consumer protection, tax, real estate, benefits disputes and auto/driving issues. In 2013 alone, LegalShield firms received more than 1.8 million calls from members. For more information, visit www.legalshield.com or call 800-654-7757.