Legal assistance for employees impacted by wildfires

To: UC Santa Cruz Employees

From: Steve Stein, Associate Vice Chancellor, Staff Human Resources, Grace McClintock, Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Personnel

The aftermath of the wildfire continues to impact so many in our community. We are pleased to share that resources are available for those faced with legal and financial issues resulting from the fires. Staff and faculty employees can visit for resources to help you with the legal and financial issues caused by a fire, regardless of whether you have legal insurance through UC. The site includes how to protect your rights as a homeowner or renter, managing insurance disputes, and more.

If you’re a current ARAG legal insurance member, please call ARAG Customer Care at 800-828-1395 or send an email to for help in dealing with this disaster.

If you’re not enrolled in ARAG legal insurance, ARAG has offered to extend its Legal Now program to our employees. The cost for the program is $99 for 90 days of legal support for a single legal matter, e.g. property insurance support. Coverage is available now. Individuals who purchase coverage receive access to ARAG’s book of vetted attorneys and a 25% discount on their normal hourly fees. The plan offers assistance with more than 70 common legal matters, and connects participants with local attorneys in-person when possible, or by phone if they need a specialist and there isn’t one in the network near them.

Complete information about the Legal Now plan is available at While there is an option to enroll online, employees are strongly encouraged to call and speak with a customer service care specialist at 1-800-255-3352 before enrolling to talk through all aspects of their matter to ensure it can be fulfilled in its entirety.  

For information on other systemwide emergency resources, please visit