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?
Yes our office is on the first floor and is wheelchair accessible, but unfortunately the bathroom is not. We have plenty of easy parking and a wheelchair curb cut.
What is your process like?
When you’re ready to make an appointment, you click the “schedule consultation” button on our website, 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 at least ten days before we meet so I can review it carefully, in advance. Our initial consultation will take up to two hours, and at the end I’ll give you a proposed “Engagement Letter” with my recommended plan, and 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?
You will have signed trusts, wills, and powers of attorney within thirty days. We provide draft documents for you to review 10 to 14 days after we receive a signed engagement letter and 50% deposit (most people hire us at the initial consultation). HOWEVER, we don’t simply provide documents, because that’s only half of a comprehensive estate plan. We ensure that all of your assets are moved into your trust, and we educate your other professional advisors, the fiduciaries (executors or trustees) who will settle your affairs after you’re gone, and your adult children, if any. The process involves five meetings over five to six months.
What kind of payments do you accept?
Cash, personal checks, gold bullion, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal. Not yet taking Bitcoin, Etherium, etc.