This holiday season, business insurance provider DAS Canada is giving Ontario garage owners a full week of free legal advice. For the week of December 5, Ontario garage business owners will be able to get a taste of DAS Canada’s Legal Expense Insurance product when DAS opens up its legal service hotline – an exclusive benefit to policy holders – for a week of free qualified legal advice. Callers will be connected with a lawyer to answer their business-related legal questions, free of charge. Questions to the legal hotline can be about anything from contract issues to unpaid receivables to business tax issues or any other potential legal headaches that could arise. With the average cost of a lawyer in Ontario running at over $355 per hour, most Ontario garage owners will greatly benefit from a means of having affordable access to the legal system. “Many garage businesses don’t have the means to keep a lawyer on retainer,” said Barbara Haynes, CEO of DAS Canada. “When unexpected legal issues arise, they can be an enormous financial blow. Our policies enable Canadian garage businesses to get affordable access to justice.” To assist Ontarian garage businesses with their legal matters, DAS Canada is opening up its legal support hotline throughout the province for a full week, beginning 12:01 am on December 5, 2011 and ending at 11:59 pm on December 11, 2011. Garage owners can call 1-877-88-ADVICE (1-877-882-3842) and use the promo code ONTFREE during that period to have access to qualified advice on their legal issues. The company is also hosting a “business legal nightmares” contest to hear from small business owners about legal challenges they’ve had to face. Participants can enter for a chance to win $1,000 Staples gift card by visiting www.das.ca/ontariostories and telling their stories. DASbusiness is designed to protect businesses against the cost of legal disputes, allowing them to focus on their core business while knowing that their legal counsel and expenses are covered if and when the need arises. The company’s call-center provides policyholders with direct access to legal experts to assist them in determining the best course of action in a given situation.