AOPA member relies on Legal Services Plan for leaseback
Cites plan as ‘best legal value’
Ask Mark Bragg what he likes most about AOPA’s Legal Services Plan and he says, “I ask a question and I get a direct answer with no messing around.” Although Bragg has been an AOPA member for 30 years, it wasn’t until he bought his latest airplane, a Piper Chieftain, two years ago that he signed up for AOPA’s Legal Services Plan.
Bragg is president of U.S. Investment Company, an investment banking firm that helps start-ups in technology to find capital and management. As such, he says, “Legalities are such an overwhelming part of my business life. I need to have knowledgeable people and that’s why I count on AOPA.”
He flies right seat in the Chieftain out of his Palm Springs, Calif., base, along with his chief pilot, for both business and personal reasons, but he also put the Chieftain on a lease with a Part 135 company. “I needed to make sure the lease was staying within the restrictions of the law. I have relied on AOPA Legal Services, and they are fabulous,” he says.
Most pilots don’t think they’ll need legal assistance because they’re good, careful, and experienced pilots, or because they don’t fly frequently. But there are other legal services most pilots and aircraft owners need--help with hangar leases, purchase or sales contracts, or, as with Bragg, navigating a fair and legal lease agreement.
Bragg adds that it’s not unusual for him to employ lawyers for up to $650 an hour and so, he says, “AOPA Legal Services Plan is the best legal value I’ve ever run across. It’s a service to pilots everyone should know about.”
Why rely on a lawyer who knows nothing about general aviation when you can put the power of AOPA’s lawyers to work for you? For just $33 a year, you can be part of AOPA’s Legal Services Plan and enjoy the peace of mind that you have a first-class legal team at your call to help you with any covered legal situation that may develop with your flying and your airplane.
Take a moment to enroll in the Legal Services Plan online or call 800/USA-AOPA (800/872-2672). Just $33 a year puts the aviation legal assistance you need on your side all year long.
Past results do not guarantee future success. See the plan description for complete coverages, exclusions, and limitations.
June 15, 2010