MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2012) - DAS Canada, Canada's only specialty legal expense insurer, today announced the launch of their DASbusiness policy across Quebec with a week of free telephone-based legal advice, one of the key features of a DASbusiness policy. While the concept of legal expense insurance is not new to Quebec, such policies have traditionally focused on individuals. Now, owners of small and medium sized businesses can also benefit from legal expense insurance and the peace of mind it provides against unexpected legal fees.

"Quebec is a very important market for us, with business owners who are very savvy and understand the legal expense insurance concept well," said Barbara Haynes, CEO of DAS Canada. "We've been working towards putting down roots in Quebec and we're thrilled that we can now bring affordable access to justice to its small and medium sized business owners, with a free week of telephone-based legal advice to really demonstrate the value of a policy."

The free advice week timing is ideal as a majority of Quebec small businesses approach their fiscal year-end. Many small businesses may be dealing with staffing issues, tax filings, or outstanding invoices, and many legal issues are beginning to emerge. With most small businesses unable to afford in-house counsel or a lawyer on retainer, minor issues can quickly turn into costly legal problems.

A DASbusiness policy would cover legal fees associated with such issues, while also providing advice and invaluable assistance in navigating the justice system. Many common scenarios present themselves in small businesses across Quebec every day; situations such as tax audits, business license revocation or employment disputes. With the average price of a lawyer in Quebec at over $250/hour, even minor issues can end up causing significant financial hardships to small companies.

"This is a game-changing product for small businesses in Quebec," said Pierre Bazinet, a lawyer specializing in insurance with Robinson Sheppard Shapiro s.e.n.c.r.l/LLP in Montreal. "Small businesses often struggle with day-to-day expenses, and unexpected legal fees are not something most can afford. Legal expense insurance for small business is leveling the playing field and making access to justice affordable for small business owners."

What: DAS Canada Launches in Quebec with a week of free bilingual legal advice for Quebec small businesses (on any business legal related matter.)

Where: Available to any SME based in Quebec - Call 1-877-882-3842 and quote 'QUEBEC.'

When: The advice line is open from 12:01am November 6th until 5pm November 13th, 2012.

About DAS Canada

DAS Legal Protection Insurance Company Limited (DAS Canada) is a subsidiary of DAS Group, a global leader in the ten billion dollar legal expense insurance market. DAS Group is based in Germany and is a subsidiary of ERGO, Munich Re's primary insurer in Europe and Asia. DAS Canada is committed to bringing a fresh, modern approach to the marketplace, combining a forward-thinking attitude with almost a century of expertise. A full-service specialist in legal expense insurance, DAS Canada offers access to affordable justice for individuals, groups and small and mid-sized businesses. Policies are available in all Canadian Provinces and Territories. For more information, please visit

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