ADA, Okla., June 12 /CNW/ -- On Saturday, June 20, Pre-Paid Legal
Services, Inc. (NYSE: PPD) will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the
company's launch in the Canadian market in Ontario and the subsequent growth
and expansion into three additional Provinces of British Columbia (1999),
Alberta and Manitoba (2001).
CEO, Founder & Chairman Harland Stonecipher will attend the day long
celebration, which will include a Super Regional meeting of the company's
Canadian independent sales associates, a panel program featuring the company's
"Canadian Legends" and a gala banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3201 Highway
7, Vaughan, Ontario L4K 5Z7.
Over the past 10 years, PPL Legal Care of Canada, a wholly owned
subsidiary of Pre-Paid Legal Services (PPL), has expanded into four Provinces,
creating a strong platform for future growth in the Canadian market. PPL
Legal Care of Canada currently provides coverage for approximately 25,000
families (customers). In addition, PPL's Independent Sales Associates now
number approximately 11,700 in Canada. For the year 2008, PPL collected
approximately $8.2 million (including foreign currency adjustments) in
membership fees from the four provinces.
"This anniversary celebration recognizes a decade of achievement by
leaders in the Canadian market, who through their inspiration, dedication and
hard work have carried our corporate goal of 'equal justice for all' to our
neighbors in Canada," Stonecipher said. "This event also represents a call to
action to those Canadians who are struggling as a result of the economic
recession that affects all of North America," he said. "At PPL, we are not
offering a 'bail-out,' but we are providing a business opportunity for those
who want to make the most of it."
Among the leaders responsible for PPL's growth in Canada are Regional
Vice Presidents Rob and Charlene MacKenzie of Ontario and Ken Smith and Patti
Ross of British Columbia. The Mackenzie's' have been associated with PPL
since 1998 and were appointed the company's first international regional vice
presidents. They helped organize the June 20, 1999 kickoff event.
Recalling the first event, Rob MacKenzie said, "More than 800 people
attended our opening night function, so we knew there was great interest in
PPL's service offerings and corporate business opportunity." According to
MacKenzie, Ontario set a high bar for achievement during the first six months
of operation. Afterwards, the geographic expansion into British Columbia,
Alberta and Manitoba helped increase the company's footprint in Canada and PPL
anticipates additional expansion in Canadian markets in the future.
The Pre-Paid Legal Services plans offered in Canada include: lawyer
consultation on an unlimited number of topics, 24/7 emergency service, letters
and phone calls made by the provider attorney on the client's behalf,
document/contract review and will preparation. In addition, the Canadian
plans include expanded preventive benefits, such as assistance with Canadian
government agencies, warranty assistance and small claims court assistance and
a preferred member discount on attorney fees not included in the plan. Mills
& Mills, LLP of Toronto is the PPL provider law firm in the Province of
Ontario, serving both individual and group members. Celebrating its 125th
year anniversary, Mills & Mills is one of the oldest law firms in Canada.
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. was one of the first companies in the
United States organized solely to design, underwrite and market legal expense
plans. We provide legal services to more than 1.5 million families across the
U.S. and Canada. Plan benefits are delivered through a network of independent
provider law firms. Members have direct, toll-free access to their provider.
Provider firms are carefully selected and the quality of service is closely
monitored to maintain the high standards of Pre-Paid Legal. The company
website is: www.prepaidlegal.com.
For further information:
For further information: George Snyder, +1-580-421-6339, cell
+1-580-310-4067, firstname.lastname@example.org, of Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. Web