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ABA Accolades ARAG Group

Issued by: ARAG Group

Date: Feb. 28, 2002

ABA Honors ARAG Group for its Legal Access
Organization Presents Louis M. Brown Award to Legal Insurance Administrator

DES MOINES, Iowa - Feb. 28, 2002 - ARAG Group, the leading administrator of legal advisory plans, announces that the American Bar Association has awarded the company meritorious recognition in the 2002 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access competition.

The Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access is sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services, which is dedicated to improving the delivery of services to moderate income people who do not qualify for legal aid, yet lack the discretionary income to pay for traditional legal services. Nineteen organizations were nominated for the award this year, and four, including ARAG Group, received recognition.

“Through its benefit plan and online legal resources, ARAG Group has made a major contribution to the delivery of legal services to those of moderate income,” said Mary K. Ryan, chair of the standing committee. “The legal plans offered by ARAG Group allow employees access to legal services, tailored to their specific needs, at an affordable monthly price.”

ARAG Group has witnessed an increase in popularity of its legal advisory plans. The number of organizations offering its legal plans as an employee benefit has increased by 77 percent over the past five years. In addition, employee participation in the legal plans has increased 25 percent over the last three years. This statistic is significant given the fact that the legal advisory plans are offered as a voluntary benefit, meaning it is up to each individual employee to decide if he or she wants to participate in the plans. Furthermore, in the first two months of 2002, ARAG Group added five corporate clients that will be offering its legal advisory plans to a combined employee base of nearly 140,000.

“As more companies look to diversify their employee benefit packages, legal insurance continues to gain popularity in the benefits landscape,” said Jim Brennan, president of ARAG Group. “Our nearly 30 years of experience has allowed us to create quality products and provide superior customer service that companies and their employees are responding favorably to, especially given today's desire for a proper work/life balance.”

ARAG Group’s Product
Currently ARAG Group offers three legal insurance-based products: UltimateAdvisor, SeniorAdvocate and
- UltimateAdvisor is ARAG Group’s comprehensive legal insurance plan that is designed to provide protection against the potentially catastrophic loss caused by high legal fees - plus it gives individuals easy access to experienced attorneys, and financial planning and tax counselors to help prevent life's little hassles from becoming major ones.
- is a web site that educates employees and consumers about their legal needs and delivers self-help tools and legal information so they can resolve matters on their own. When help is needed from an attorney, LawExpress makes it possible to buy only the services needed. From a single phone call to document preparation to full representation, the choice is theirs.
- SeniorAdvocate is an eldercare product that gives employees caring for senior family members or retirees caring for themselves access to the legal, financial planning, tax and eldercare living assistance they need to help them through this challenging stage of life.

The award is named in honor of Louis Brown for his 60-year dedication to expanding access to legal services. Brown was the founder and chair of the National Center for Preventive Law and the originator of personal legal check-ups and corporate legal audits.

About the ABA
The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

About ARAG Group
Founded in 1973, ARAG Group () administers more professional legal advisory plans than any other company, and maintains its domestic headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. The company’s current corporate clients include industry leaders such as Ford Motor Company, Microsoft Corporation, Nokia, Oracle Corporation, The Procter & Gamble Company, Wachovia (formerly First Union Corporation) and WORLDCOM, Inc. ARAG Group has U.S. offices in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C. The parent company, Allgemeine Rechtsschutz Versicherungs Aktien Gesellschaft (ARAG), is headquartered in Germany with locations in 12 countries in addition to the United States. It maintains 12 million plan members and insureds worldwide.
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