Former state Rep. Peter Nehr launches new career in pre-paid legal services

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After a decade in Florida politics, former state Rep. Peter Nehr has moved his career in an entirely different direction — direct marketing for legal services.

In an email to friends and family, the two-term House Republican from Palm Harbor announced he is now a Manager-Independent Associate/Small Business Specialist with LegalShield, an Oklahoma-based organization providing pre-paid legal advice and guidance through a variety of multi-level marketing.

Founded in 1972, LegalShield offers consumers and affordable alternative to expensive law firms, with everything from document reviews and will planning to divorce, child custody and even fighting speeding tickets.

Starting at about $17 per month, LegalShield — whose slogan is “Everyone Deserves legal Protection” — offers clients pre-paid attorneys available whenever a legal emergency arises.

In the email, Nehr describes how well the program is working; he is up for a “performance bonus” and a “promotion” after only one full month of at the company. Nehr then continues about how he needs to get a few more people signed up by the end of Aug., to meet production quotas.

Often, when someone receives a letter like this — especially one that mentions “multi-level marketing”— the relationship is called into question. In this case, however, Nehr is careful to remind the reader that this new enterprise “in no way reflect on our friendship.”  

The letter actually comes from a concern over an increasing problem in modern life — identity theft. Nehr reminds everyone that his identity was stolen recently, and LegalShield is helping him get back on track.

Nehr finishes with a plea to watch a seven-minute video for more information about pre-paid legal services.

“I would feel terrible if something happened in your life,” Nehr says, “and I had not at least told you about how you can protect yourself and your family from unexpected legal issues or identity theft.”



Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.