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Estate Planning Process

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Estate Planning Process:

STEP ONE – FREE CONSULTATION

  • Call 301-805-5892 to set up a free initial consultation. If married, both spouses should attend.
  • Prior to the scheduled appointment, we will e-mail or mail an Introductory Packet containing this Process Outline, an Estate Planning Questionnaire (bring completed Questionnaire to consultation), Estate Planning FAQs, Estate Planning Terms, and an About Us document to familiarize Clients with our firm.

In the consultation, the attorney will:

-Answer any initial Client questions

-Review Client Information Questionnaire

-Get to know Client Estate Planning goals and needs

-Review what estate planning tools would address Client goals and needs

-Recommend a specific Estate Plan that will meet Client goals and needs

-Provide a fee quote based on recommended plan

-Answer any follow-up Client questions

  • If Client(s) decide to proceed with Estate Plan, we will then proceed to:

STEP TWO – DESIGN PHASE

  • The Design Phase can either be done immediately upon Client’s request to proceed and payment of 50% of the quoted fee, or at a later scheduled consultation in the office or over the phone
  • The fiduciaries will be assigned, distribution plans will be determined, and the details of the plan will be obtained

STEP THREE – DRAFTING PHASE

  • Attorney drafts the Estate Plan and sends a Summary and draft Estate Plan to the Client(s) for review
  • Any changes from the Client(s) are made to Estate Plan

STEP FOUR – SIGNING CEREMONY

    • Attorney reviews Estate Plan with Clients, answers any remaining questions
  • Plan is executed

STEP FIVE – FUNDING PHASE

  • Assets are funded according to the plan

STEP FIVE – FUNDING PHASE

  • Annual review of Estate Plan is conducted and Maintenance Plan services provided
  • Electronic storage of documents
  • Emergency Card