The Estate Planning Team

As an estate planning law firm, we work closely with other professional advisors, including Certified Financial Planner™ professionals, Investment Advisors, Financial Consultants, Insurance Professionals, Certified Public Accountants and Tax Advisors. We believe the team approach provides our clients with the most sophisticated, comprehensive and effective estate planning possible. To that end, we encourage our clients to invite their Professional Advisors into the estate planning process. Moreover, once involved, we strive to keep you informed and involved at all stages of the estate planning process.

 

The Process

 

Step One: The Initial Consultation

We offer all prospective clients a complimentary initial consultation. With the clients' permission, we encourage you to attend this initial consultation as well. If this cannot be arranged, we will seek the clients' permission to discuss their estate planning with you afterward.

 

During this first meeting, an attorney will spend approximately an hour with your clients. After listening to your clients' needs, plans and goals, the attorney will generally make some estate planning recommendations. If the situation is complex, the attorney will ask for a follow-up meeting to present a summary and specific recommendations.

After making recommendations, the attorney will quote a flat fee for design, drafting and implementation of the plans. Your clients then may choose to engage our firm by signing an engagement letter and making a 50 percent deposit; or they may choose to take some time to reflect before moving ahead.

 

Step Two: Signing the Documents

Should your clients choose to engage our firm at this point, a follow-up meeting to sign documents and begin implementation of the plan will be scheduled ... normally within a week to ten days. This meeting may be quite lengthy, as the attorney will thoroughly explain the planning documents to your clients and to their family members if necessary. The attorney also will explain the trust funding process and provide comprehensive written funding instructions – whether your clients choose to engage our firm in this process, or prefer to complete the process themselves or with your assistance.

Step Three: Follow-Up

We have an extensive follow-up system, which we believe helps build stronger client relationships. Each of our clients will receive a follow-up letter after their plan is complete, a client satisfaction survey, and a continued subscription to our estate planning newsletter. Through the newsletter we attempt to keep our clients informed of changes that could affect their planning, and to help them maintain an awareness of their estate planning goals. In this manner we hope to ensure that our clients' plans are never out-of-date with their current needs and goals.

We ensure that the client's plan is followed through and that it works throughout their life. We offer a free review of the estate plan every three years – this is the maximum amount of time that should pass between reviews. Things change:  the laws change, financial affairs change and the people they care about change. If your client is interested in ensuring that the estate plan always work, we also offer unique membership programs to ensure that the plan works year in and year out and that they have access to their trusted team of legal advisors for guidance on any legal or financial matter.

 

Joint Marketing

We are happy to work with you to speak to your clients or prospects on estate planning issues, including basic estate planning, charitable giving strategies, generation-skipping and other advanced topics, business succession or asset protection. Please call the office if you would like to plan a workshop.