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Essential Estate Planning


Specially designed to prepare documents for clients of modest wealth, our Essential Estate Planning is our most cost-effective estate planning and drafting system. It provides the essentials needed to elevate your practice, and keeps you up-to-date on changes in the law.

Essential Estate Planning

Designed to prepare documents for clients of modest wealth, the system helps you manage a large amount of transactional estate planning work using a “smart” collection of Wills, Trusts, ancillary documents, and forms, each one featuring a variety of options to meet most clients’ planning needs and requiring far less time-consuming custom drafting.

Legacy Planning Strategies

  • Efficient structuring of Marital, Family, and Descendants Trusts; balancing tax efficiency, family access, and creditor protection

  • Tax planning in "decoupled" states (those with independent state death taxes)

  • Asset protection strategies using Wills and Revocable Trusts

  • Customized estate planning for non-traditional relationships and families

  • Redirecting property through powers of appointment

  • Maximizing downstream wealth transfer using grantor trusts

  • Satisfying clients by creating individual cash legacies in trust

Document Summary:

Revocable Trusts

  • Separate & Community Property. State specific options and language. Different options for fiduciary powers. Options for unmarried partners available (as well as single and married individuals, including same-sex married couples). Executive Summary. Funding Instructions. Separate Certificate of Trust. Practitioner Action Steps Checklist.

Irrevocable Trusts

  • State specific options and language. Practitioner Action Steps Checklist. Fiduciary powers options. Separate Certificate of Trust. Executive Summary. Crummey Notices.

Wills

  • Separate & Community Property. State specific options and language. Fiduciary powers options. Options for unmarried partners available (as well as single and married individuals, including same-sex married couples). Executive Summary.

Powers of Attorney

  • State specific forms.

Agreements

Practitioner Planning Aids

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What Our Subscribers Are Saying

Matthew Leahy

“Hi Teresa, I meant to follow-up last week to your response… just wanted to say thank you for your swift response and expert opinion. It is extremely helpful to have you and your team as a “go-to” resource."

Matthew Leahy
Charleston, SC

Melvin Warshaw

“Thanks for your very thorough reply in short order. This gives me further comfort and reinforces my view that InterActive Legal is the best drafting system available for lawyers with sophisticated estate planning clients with complicated client profiles. Stay safe.”

Melvin A. Warshaw
Wellesley, MA

Matthew Dawson

“Interactive Legal has been the game changer for my practice. The quality of the work product produced is incredible, the constant educational webinars, and the forum feedback has grown my practice from a simple estate planning practice to serving clients with complex and sophisticated issues. It might sound cheesy, but I feel part of a family and every time I call in for something, I feel like the IL representative has a genuine interest in helping me. Linda is awesome, IT support is incredible, and you need to take out a 10M keyman policy on Teresa--she is incredibly knowledgeable, always very professional and friendly, and extremely patient. ”

Matthew "Match” Dawson Esq., AEP, CTEP, FGAFM
Attorney, Dawson Law, LLP

Peter Brautigam

“My office has used Interactive Legal Systems since they first came out. We have been very pleased with the product and the support. I have one attorney that uses it exclusively for all drafting. The paralegal in our office is well versed in it and she can make it do what we want.”

Peter Brautigam, Manley & Brautigam, PC
Anchorage, AK

Kristin Dzialo

“Thank you again, InterActive Legal. We moved from a competitor to ILS last year and the forum and customer service at ILS is just incomparable—it really sets you all apart.”

Kristin Dzialo, Esq
Eckert Byrne, Cambridge, MA

Lewis J. Saret

“I have been an ILS subscriber for well over a decade and I love the ILS service. The benefits I’ve experienced include the following: (1) the ILS service has made me a better lawyer because I’ve learned so much from the software, the discussion board, and the included webinars and other resources; (2) drafting using the software is very efficient, much more so than using model documents; and (3) I have a greater sense of security and risk management knowing the documents are constantly updated and by the responsiveness of the discussion board and other resources that ILS makes available to users. All in all, I cannot imagine practicing without it.”

Lewis J. Saret
Law Office of Lewis J. Saret, Washington, D.C.

Jessica A. Hayes

“I have been an ILS subscriber for over 11 years and find the service invaluable to my estate planning practice. You not only have access to a variety of forms that are customizable and updated on a regular basis, but you also have access to their library of work and the listserv. Where else can you have access to replies from Jonathan Blattmachr, Howard Zaritsky and Natalie Choate among others. I have and will continue to recommend ILS to fellow attorneys. Well worth the price of admission.”

Steven C. Robinson, Esq.
Robinson Wolenty & Young, LLP - Indianapolis, IN

Allyson B. Russo

“The sales & training teams at InterActive Legal have been professional and top notch. They make the process to learn the software as easy and as thorough as possible. It is also a wonderful product that has already enhanced my practice!”

Allyson B. Russo
Russo Law Offices – Hinsdale, IL

Amos Goodall

"An attorney practicing elder law without the benefit of sophisticated software is foolhardy. On the other hand, an attorney who blindly plugs a client’s information into canned forms does his clients a disservice. InterActive Legal, with its unparalleled support and comprehensive draft documents that are fully and easily customized to fit clients’ personal situations, allows me to practice law efficiently and effectively. My clients deserve no less."

H. Amos Goodall, Jr., Esquire, LL.M., CELA
Goodall & Yurchak, P.C. - State College, PA

R. Hal Moorman

"I have been using InterActive Legal for a number of years. Like any technology, there is a learning curve, but they have an excellent staff to help you when you can’t figure something out. The forms can be as sophisticated or as simple as you desire. Because it is a system, it prompts you to make decisions as you do your drafting. If you don’t understand the question, the system has a tutorial to help you understand why it is asking you a question. The system is upgraded on a continual basis. I highly recommend it."

R. Hal Moorman
Moorman, Tate, Haley, Upchurch & Yates, L.L.P.

John J. Scroggin

"I can’t live without your wonderful Listserv!"


John J. Scroggin
Scroggin & Company, Counselors At Law

Dale Ann Kaiser

"I researched all the estate planning drafting systems on the market before purchasing ILS Wealth Transfer Planning. It is by far the best drafting system in terms of both the estate planning documents themselves and the resources and expertise available to users. ILS allows me to do sophisticated documents and, as a side benefit, I also use ILS for research and education."

Dale Ann Kaiser
Kaiser Law Group

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Events

California Proposition 19 – What Estate Planners Need to Know

As estate planners consider potential tax law changes that might occur at the federal level this year, one state is also dealing with a new property tax issue that could impact many clients owning real property in California. California Prop. 13, which was enacted in 1978, created a situation in which the assessed value of California real property for property tax purposes is often far less than the market value of such property, making it not unusual for a property to have an assessed value that is less than 20% of the fair market value. If the property tax value is reassessed (which would occur if the property is sold, or in some cases upon death of the owner), the property taxes owed can increase significantly.

Clients have a very small window of time to consider whether to take steps – and to actually take them – to preserve the potential property tax savings conferred by Prop. 13. Tune into this webinar for the latest.

GA Runoff Elections Concluded: Anticipated Tax Changes Affecting Estate Planning for This and Future Years

The tax world is likely to change (yet again!) and if so, that will have far reaching economic effects. You and your clients need be prepared... not later this year, not later this month, but NOW. Although we cannot know what will be proposed by the Biden Administration, we have plenty to consider. And it is likely that Biden administration tax proposals can be enacted under a Budget Reconciliation Act, which cannot be filibustered. This webinar will discuss what the most likely and most consequential tax proposals are likely to be, and how you can help your clients prepare for them now.

Post-Election Estate Planning What to Do For Clients In November and December of 2020

Speakers: Jonathan G. Blattmachr, Esq., Robert Keebler, CPA, and Martin M. Shenkman, Esq.

The 2020 election demonstrated that the projected Democratic sweep did not occur. Former Vice President Biden won the Presidency, but that is still being challenged. The Republicans have control of the Senate it appears, but two runoff elections in Georgia in January 2021 may provide the Democrats a chance to pick up two additional seats making the Senate evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. What does this all mean to clients that were engaged in planning in anticipation of the Blue Wave that did not happen?


Life and Death Planning for Retirement Benefits

Digital Subscription | by Natalie Choate

For more information, visit RetirementBenefitsPlanning

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