aviation lawyer

Ms. Bentz's experience in employee benefits law and commercial litigation lends a unique perspective to her work regarding the complex issues involved with estate planning and administration, corporate structuring and governance, and aviation-related matters. In all aspects of her practice, Ms. Bentz is passionate about anticipating and planning for potential obstacles, in the most efficient and practical way possible and educating clients so they can make informed decisions about the course of action best for them.

In her estate planning practice, Ms. Bentz strives to assist clients to protect and smooth the way for loved ones during difficult transitional periods in the client's lifetime or thereafter. While taking a practical approach to estate planning, Ms. Bentz enjoys the challenge of anticipating issues to promote the amicable transition and responsible transfer of wealth to lower generations in a manner which furthers the client's values. Ms. Bentz has multidimensional experience in complex estate planning, including:

  • Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Complex Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts
  • Estate and Gift Tax Planning Strategies;
  • Business Succession Planning;
  • Charitable Planning;
  • Trust Interpretation Counseling and Litigation;
  • Trust Administration; and Probate.

As part of her aviation practice, Ms. Bentz has served airlines, charter operations, aircraft management companies, foreign operators, business owners, individual aircraft owners, and pilots. She has represented clients in all aspects of aviation law, including:

  • Pre-purchase corporate structuring, tax and aircraft considerations
  • Aircraft purchases, imports, exports and financing
  • Aircraft trusts
  • Aircraft operating agreements, including charter lease, aircraft management and pilot service agreements
  • Participation in the preparation of operations and maintenance manuals
  • Implementation of safety management programs
  • Incident investigations
  • Certification applications and compliance issues for FAR Part 121, 129 and 135 operators
  • Coordination with the FAA and DOT, ICAO, and applicable CAAs regarding compliance, safety management, incidents and pilot training
  • Domestic and international operational issues

 Ms. Bentz counsels many clients on corporate structuring and governance and serves as outside counsel. Some of the types of matters with which Ms. Bentz has assisted clients include:

  • Asset protection
  • Corporate mergers and acquisitions
  • Adding lines of business
  • Expanding foreign businesses in the US
  • Properly structuring aircraft ownership and operations for a business
  • Employment issues
  • Other general business issues

PROFESSIONAL HONORS & ACTIVITIES

  • Member – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
  • Member – Florida Bar – Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member – Broward County Bar Association
  • Member – West Broward Estate Planning Council
  • Board Member – West Broward Estate Planning Counsel
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Alpha Delta

PRACTICES

  • Trusts and Estates – Planning and Administration
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Tax
  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • Global Business
  • Commercial Finance

EDUCATION

  • University of Miami School of Law, LL.M. in Estate Planning, 2012
  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1995
  • Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, International Business Certificate, 1992
  • University of Iowa, B.A., with high distinction, 1991
  • During law school, Ms. Bentz served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Journal of Corporation Law. Her Note comparing US and German laws on family leave was published in that journal, as well. Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Bentz clerked for the Honorable John A. Jarvey in the United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa.

ADMISSIONS

  • Florida, 2008
  • Illinois, 1997
  • Iowa, 1995 (inactive status)
  • Washington, 1995 (resigned 2016)

LANGUAGES

  • German

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