Estate Planning Attorneys – Stop Sending Your Clients Drafts!

By Kristina Schneider, Practice Success Coach At just about every single Ultimate Level event that we hold, the issue of sending clients drafts of their estate planning documents comes up.  There’s always at least one, but usually several, attorneys that have a regular practice (or as part of their estate planning process) to send clients drafts of their estate planning documents prior to signing them. It is to no surprise that these attorneys then also complain about some (or all!) of the following challenges: Trouble reaching clients to get them to move forward An enormous amount of questions Hours of…

Projecting the Year-by-Year Estate and Gift Tax Exemption Amount

By Steven J. Oshins, Esq., AEP (Distinguished) The federal estate and gift tax exemption is currently $12,060,000 per person. This number increases (or decreases) each year based on inflation and then is rounded. This article does nothing extraordinary. It simply lays out the projected increases over the next few years based on the most recent inflation rate which is 8.5%. Anybody with a calculator can compute these numbers, but many people have not yet done so, so the numbers outlined herein may come as a shock! Trump Tax Act The Trump Tax Act increases (or decreases) the federal estate and…

Generate More Revenue This Year with More Referrals from Clients

By Philip J. Kavesh, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation), CFP®, ChFC, California State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law If you’ve read my previous newsletter articles or purchased any of my presentations (or our Ultimate Level event), you know that I am a huge proponent of utilizing time-tested systems to run a successful practice – – from marketing to receptionist scripts, to initial client meetings, to generating trust documents, to signing meetings, and regular client follow-ups…FOR EVERYTHING. Yet, even those who do systematize virtually all of their practice often fail to have a system for generating new client referrals…