For too long the media has controlled the narrative of estate planning. I remember watching the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, and every time a character died there would be a dramatic will reading in a dark wood-paneled room, or every time Victor was offended by his children or he and Nicki broke up or got back together again, someone would be written into our out of his will. Let’s not forget the trust funds lorded over the kids’ heads either. In reality, estate planning is not just a tool for the rich to try and manipulate their family. To use the popular phrase of the times, that’s “fake news”.
Most estate planning attorneys view themselves as the ultimate authority on estate planning, but what they fail to see is that clients are our ultimate authority because without their input and their leadership we can’t help them truly protect their families. Every family is unique, and every client has their own wishes goals and preferences.
At Family Estate Planning Law Group, we are working to rewrite the estate planning narrative. Kristin, our Manager of Asset Alignment and Trust Administration, wrote a blog this fall, Let It Go – Estate Planning Edition, that called upon you to let go of the idea of estate planning as document based, and instead see it as a holistic approach to taking care of yourself and your family.
We’ve continued to take the reframing of estate planning even further. When we work with you, we strive to come alongside you and give you the support and guidance you need to protect your family. We’re not trying to be the “hero,” instead we want to be your guide. We know that for your family, you are the hero. Our ongoing process is centered around you teaching us about your wishes and your family so we can help you be the hero and truly protect your family throughout your life. Instead of a one size fits all, document centric approach, we get down to what truly matters to you, and empower you to make it a reality.
Now, and in death, your family will be protected. No more is estate planning about maintaining some power struggle over your family in death nor is it about an attorney telling you what to do for your family. Instead, at Family Estate Planning Law Group, estate planning is about draping the hero cape around your shoulders and giving you the lead to work with us as a team in protecting your family in the best and most customized way possible.
Change the estate planning narrative with us today and take control of protecting your family.