For over 20 years I have been building a successful legal practice based on the idea that to grow and profit as a trusts and estates attorney I must take care of my clients, help them clearly understand complex issues and charge fairly for the services provided. I see the law as a service industry, and like all other service providers if I charge too much or don’t provide good service, my clients will simply move to another lawyer. After over 20 successful years, that formula seems to be working.
With the client in mind, I have divided my estate planning firm into three areas:
1. Estate Planning: By listening to my clients, we address their estate planning concerns and needs in an efficient manner. One of my strengths is explaining complex tax or asset protection techniques in a way that everyone can understand. Not satisfied with the estate planning education that I received in law school, I obtained a Masters in Law (LL.M.) focused in taxation from the prestigious New York University School of Law. It took me years to complete this degree, traveling to New York City evenings following a full day as a member of the U.S. Navy JAGC stationed in Philadelphia. It was exhausting, but the effort was worth it. This advanced degree and years of experience provide me with an in-depth knowledge of estate planning and asset protection techniques that most other attorneys do not possess.
2. Probate Services: I recognize that the time following the death of a loved one can be confusing and complex. The multitude of issues that follow a death can vary from the sale of real estate to unraveling complex tax problems. Most executors are unfamiliar with the complexities of probate, and I see it as my firm’s job to take the burden off the executor and to help bring the estate to a conclusion. To address this varied area of the law I have assembled a team of attorneys, paralegals and tax preparers who focus exclusively on probate matters. This focus allows them to quickly, efficiently and economically assist the executor in probating the estate.
3. Estate Litigation: Sometimes the only way to solve a conflict is to take the matter to court. With that in mind, I have assembled a litigation team whose sole focus is bringing will challenges or other estate related litigation matters to court. Early on in my practice I realized that litigation in estate matters cannot be a part time job, which is why my firm is one of the few to have a dedicated estate litigation team. The personality of a good litigator is very different from that of an attorney who is skilled in probate matters. If you are faced with an estate litigation matter, you are much better served by hiring an attorney who only handles will challenges rather than working with an attorney who attempts to handle these matters part time.
Our firm is a boutique, trusts and estates firm whose focus is the client. Feel free to contact us with your questions; you will not regret the call.
Peter Klenk, Esq.
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