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SPECIAL ADVISORS

Special Advisors

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Natalie Choate

Special Advisor on Retirement Benefits Planning

Natalie B. Choate practices law in Boston, Massachusetts, with the firm of Nutter McClennan & Fish LLP. Her practice is limited to consulting on estate planning and retirement benefits matters.

Her books “Life and Death Planning for Retirement Benefits” and “The QPRT Manual” are leading resources for estate planning professionals.

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Letha McDowell

Special Advisor on Elder Law Planning & Legal Strategy

Letha Sgritta McDowell is licensed to practice in both North Carolina and Virginia and has been an elder law and special needs planning attorney for more than 10 Years. Ms. McDowell is a Certified Elder Law Attorney and Board Certified as a specialist in Elder Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and she is accredited to prepare and prosecute claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

At InterActive Legal, Ms. McDowell provides insight into how modern law firms run in order to assist in strategic decisions about how to maximize the tools provided by InterActive Legal as well as what tools may be useful for practitioners in the future. In addition, Ms. McDowell contributes to the elder law and special needs planning content in the software and contributes to the InterActive Legal practice management and development tools.

Ms. McDowell is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a member of the North Carolina Bar Association's Elder Law and Estate Planning Sections, serves as Vice President of the Elder Law Specialization Committee for the North Carolina State Bar, and serves as an active mentor to a number of young attorneys through the North Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Ms. McDowell is a 2001 graduate of Purdue University and a 2004 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law.

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Steve Silverberg

Special Advisor on Elder Law Planning

Stephen J. Silverberg is nationally recognized as a leader in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, asset preservation planning and Elder Law. He is a past president of the prestigious National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and a founding member and past president of the New York State chapter of NAELA.

Silverberg was awarded the credential of NAELA Fellow, the highest honor bestowed by NAELA to "attorneys... whose careers concentrate on elder law, and who have distinguished themselves both by making exceptional contributions to meeting the needs of older Americans and by demonstrating commitment to the Academy." Silverberg is also a founding member of the New York State chapter of NAELA.

He holds the designation of a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), awarded by the National Elder Law Foundation. There are fewer than 400 CELAs throughout the United States.

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Scott Solkoff

Special Advisor on Elder Law Planning

Scott M. Solkoff is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Elder Law. He is the CEO of Elder Law College, which offers the most comprehensive, detailed and accelerated training available, helping attorneys build a practice in Elder Law. Scott operates Solkoff Legal, P.A. a law firm that exclusively represents the elderly, those with special needs and their caregivers.

Scott is committed to advance the well-being and betterment of elderly people and their caregivers. He supports his local community and lends his expertise to a number of non-profit organizations that aim to help elderly people and individuals living with disabilities.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Florida and earned his juris doctor degree, with honors, from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Scott has served as Chair of The Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section, as President of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, and as a Director of both the Florida State Guardianship Association.

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What Our Subscribers Are Saying

Courtney Abrahams

“Opening a solo practice, I have had the opportunity to take part in many trainings for different software’s and products. The trainings for InterActive Legal have been among the best I’ve come across. Each team member has been patient, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. The content has been relevant and informative. Kudos to everyone and thank you for a wonderful onboarding experience!”

Courtney Abrahams
Orlando, FL

Michael Graham

“I have used InterActive Legal in my practice since I became a Co-Founder of the company in 2003. I switched to the new, online version in July 2021 after using the desktop version and then the version based upon WorkSpaces and WorkDocs. The new online version is even better than I had hoped. Not only is it more modern and elegant to use, it makes the drafting process a joy. I encourage Legacy users to migrate over to the online version. Faster, easier, and far more intuitive. If you’re not yet a subscriber, do your practice a big favor and Request A Demo from this website!"

Michael L. Graham
Dallas, TX

Sherley Joseph-Roper

I just wanted to let you know that I am absolutely LOVING InterActive Legal. Thank you again for helping me to “see the light”. The drafting platform have made life so much easier in terms of getting quality documents completed in a more efficient way. I am also appreciating the webinars and listserv as well.

Sherley Joseph-Roper, Esq.
Snellville, GA

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

House Estate Tax Proposal Requires Immediate Action

The House Democrats are proposing a $3.5 trillion spending plan. To support that package the Democrats have proposed tax increases to fund a large portion of that plan.

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

The House Ways and Means Committee just issued statutory language for the tax increase proposal, including dramatic changes to the transfer tax system. While the tax legislative process will no doubt evolve with many twists and turns, these proposals might be the blueprint for any final legislation. The implications of this are quite simple. Taxpayers who might be affected need to plan and take action now. If a client has been sitting on the tax planning fence waiting to see what will be enacted, this proposal suggests you advise them to jump off the fence and plan with haste. This webinar will explore the House proposal, what might happen, but most important, what advisers should discuss with clients now.

Preview of Upcoming 47th Annual Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute

This will be a fast-paced review of a wide range of practical planning ideas including: Freeze planning for GST exposed trusts and QTIP trusts; Installment sales to non-grantor trusts; Mathematics of charitable planning; Creative planning considering the changing political landscape; Beneficial interests in trusts and dissolution of marriage; Strategies to avoid ethical issues in estate planning; Diversity, equity, and inclusion-practical tips; SLAT tips; ERC and PPP; Agreements that protect clients and advisors: inheritance agreements, siblings agreements, and agreements with caretakers; and more.

Digital Assets Revisited: Preparing for the Tsunami

Digital assets have been on the radar of estate planners for many years, but their scope has recently expanded – exponentially.

The pandemic forced more people online than ever before, and each account, domain name, and other online presence may need to be addressed in some way when a client dies, or becomes incapacitated. Attorneys who both plan estates and administer them therefore need to understand the underlying issues related to different types of digital property.

Join us as experts in the area of digital assets cover the issues you should address with every client, and discuss helpful tools that may also assist with handling digital assets for your clients. The presenters will discuss:

  • The digitization of estate planning
  • How attorneys must adapt to new technology, or face being left behind
  • Digital asset problems in estate administration and how to handle them
  • How to handle digital assets when planning an estate – what to ask and what to look for
  • Why a standard provision in a Will or Trust may not be enough
  • Best practices
  • And more

Don’t miss this timely discussion of a topic that most of us may feel we have adequately covered, but actually may need to address in much more detail.

Digital Assets Revisited

Please Note: ILS subscribers have complimentary access to this video in the ILS Webinar Library. One more reason to become a subscriber


Life and Death Planning for Retirement Benefits

Digital Subscription | by Natalie Choate

For more information, visit RetirementBenefitsPlanning

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