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By now you’ve seen that Law Offices of Gerald L. Kane is something special and because you love your family, you know your family deserves the kind of protection, guidance and love we provide. It’s important that you know how we work because we do things a bit differently at Law Offices of Gerald L. Kane than at other law firms. That’s why our clients love us so much.
“Our initial consultation with Gerald was everything we had hoped for in locating a knowledgeable attorney for setting up trusts and estate planning. We were confused as to what was best for our individual needs and Gerald took the time and effort to advise us what was best for us. He explained everything thoroughly so we could understand the process. Not only is Gerald an excellent estate planning attorney, he is courteous and kind. Also, his staff is equally courteous and helpful. We highly recommend Gerald to anyone with estate planning in mind.”
-Robert and Marilyn
Schedule Your Personal Family Wealth Consultation
Call our office at 818-905-6088 or toll free at 800-469-8778 to schedule your Personal Family Wealth Consultation and ask to speak with Dorothy, our Client Services Director. Dorothy will schedule the most convenient appointment time available for you with one of our expertly trained Family Wealth attorneys. We see clients on Mondays through Fridays as well as certain Saturdays and our office is located in Encino. We even have evening and Saturday appointments available to make planning as convenient for you as possible.
When you schedule your personal Family Wealth Consultation, you will provide your credit card number to secure your appointment even if you have a certificate for a complimentary consultation. So long as you don’t cancel your appointment within 2 weeks of your scheduled appointment, nothing will be charged on your card. If you must cancel within 2 weeks of your appointment, your credit card will still not be charged unless you fail to reschedule your appointment within 30 days of your cancellation. If you cannot keep your appointment and you choose not to reschedule, your credit card will be charged $500.
We understand that this policy of securing your appointment with a credit card may seem unique. So is our law firm. We provide our very best service to those families who are looking for a long-term relationship with their trusted advisor. We expend most of our energy providing an exceedingly high degree of service to our existing clients and limit the number of new clients we see each week. We only take referrals from trusted Professional Planning Partners. As a result, we must secure your appointment time so that if something comes up and you can’t attend your appointment, we will have enough advance notice to open the slot to a waiting family.
What to Do Prior to Your Personal Family Wealth Consultation
About 3 days after scheduling your appointment, you will receive a Priority Mailer with your Estate Planning Worksheet (also downloadable here) and other important information that you will want to review prior to your personal Family Wealth Consultation. We must have your Estate Planning worksheet returned to our office three days prior to your Consultation either by mail, fax or electronic mail or we will need to reschedule your Consultation. Feel free to call the office at any time if you need assistance completing your worksheet or have any questions at all.
If you have existing estate planning documents, please make sure that we have your existing documents in our office at least a week before your meeting so that we can review them prior to meeting with you.
What to Expect the Day of Your Personal Family Wealth Consultation
On the day of your meeting, please expect to spend 2 hours with your attorney. The initial meeting with your attorney has two purposes:
- To identify whether there is a good fit between you and the attorney who will become your Personal Family Lawyer and
- To educate you about the law and what would happen if you died with your current (or no) plan in place.
By looking at what would happen under your current plan, you can identify what you would want to happen differently and then together with your Personal Family Lawyer’s guidance make the decisions that are necessary to give you the peace of mind of knowing your family would be taken care of in the way you want if something happened to you.
Assuming that you and your attorney determine that there is a good fit between our firm and your family AND that you identify specific ways you would want things to happen that are different than what would happen if something happened to you, you and your Personal Family Lawyer can design a plan for your family right away.
What Happens Next?
Once you and your Personal Family Lawyer have completed the design of your plan, you will meet with your personal Plan Facilitator who will first review your assets for the purpose of ensuring that everything you own will be titled for maximum protection and then schedule a meeting for you to sign your planning documents approximately 4 weeks later. We have a process of reviewing the documents with you that makes your plan so easy to understand that you will know for certain that we understood exactly the way you want things to happen when something happens to you and that your loved ones will be in excellent hands with our firm. Once you sign your planning documents, your assets and your family are protected as discussed during your design meeting.
We see that as only the beginning of our relationship. You may make changes to your planning documents at no charge for up to 90 days after you sign your documents. In addition, we send letters to all of the important people you’ve named as health care agents, trustees and guardians letting them know just what to do if something happens to you – namely, call us, we’re here for your family!
At our final meeting during the planning stage of our relationship, we verify that all of your asset transfers are moving forward on track whether we are taking the lead or you are taking the lead with our unlimited guidance. We review your asset spreadsheet with you and ensure all of your questions are answered. Of course, if they aren’t or they become cloudy later on, we are always available to answer your questions at any time in the future. And, there’s no charge for that.
What Happens After I Sign My Estate Planning Documents and Take Them Home?
After the planning phase is complete, the maintenance phase of your plan will begin. At no additional charge, we review your plan at least every three years and keep you informed at least monthly about changes in the law and about other issues that affect your family and your wealth. And, if you participate in one of our VIP Membership programs, you will have an opportunity to review your plan on an annual basis and we will provide your family with a number of other valuable services. Click here to learn about the VIP Membership Program Finally, we are always here for you and we don’t charge you for phone calls, faxes, or emails. We welcome your communications!
You’ll be amazed at how easy and painless the entire planning process will be for your family.