Frequently Asked Questions
How do you pronounce your last name?
Easy: three simple syllables. Take the name “Kevin.” Put the word “Sin” before it. Then replace the “n” at the end with a “tch” sound. sin-KEV-itch. Emphasis on the middle syllable. By the way, it means “son of Sien” in Polish or Belarusian. Now you know what Doug Mientkiewicz’s name means (he ended the Curse of the Bambino for the Red Sox, remember?).
Why can’t you tell me over the phone how much it will cost to do my estate plan with you?
Because I don’t know all about your life, your family, your finances, and your goals. Any lawyer who is willing to quote a price on a website or over the phone is selling a cookie-cutter commodity, not the application of legal training and experience to your unique needs.
Is your office accessible?
We’re on the second floor, but can borrow a meeting room on the ground floor if necessary. We have plenty of easy parking and a wheelchair ramp.
What is your process like?
When you’re ready to make an appointment, you call the office or email [email protected] and ask for a calendar scheduling link. Once the appointment is made, we send you a questionnaire and ask you to provide asset information, to be returned a week or two before we meet so I can review it carefully, in advance. Our initial consultation will take an hour to an hour-and-a-half, and at the end I’ll give you a proposed “Engagement Letter” describing two or three options for plans, in writing, each with a fixed price. When you’re ready, you sign the engagement letter and return it to our office with a deposit of half the stated fee.
How long after I engage your services does it take to get all of my estate planning documents?
We are currently sending draft documents for client review four to six weeks after we receive a signed Engagement Letter and deposit. There is usually a bit of discussion and revision after you read through the drafts. You should plan on the process taking two to three months from our first meeting to the day you sign your documents. “Funding” a trust, if you create one, will take several weeks after that.
What kind of payments do you accept?
Cash, personal checks, gold bullion, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal.