My husband and I are in our 70s and decided it was past time to think about estate planning. Each of us had a will from years past and created one at Legal Zoom online about five years ago, but we didn’t feel that was enough. Our friends were talking about creating Trusts, which were more tax-friendly than a regular will. When I started looking for estate lawyers in Sussex County, Delaware on the Internet, I saw photos of older men, in dark suits, standing up straight with their arms crossed, and thought, “that’s not what I want”. I decided I wanted a female estate lawyer, who didn’t mix other kinds of law into her practice. I came upon Leslie DiPietro, saw a couple of positive reviews, and said, “she’s the one”. Leslie explained the benefits of a trust, and the process of creating a trust, and described the different kinds of trusts. She took her time and gave us handouts that explained the process she described. We decided to go with her firm, and she created trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and health directives for us. Along the way, we continued to contact Leslie’s office with our questions, which were answered by Leslie, Courtney, her Estate Planning Assistant, and Devon, the office’s Relationship Manager. The process forced us to look at the assets we held, the tangible personal property we acquired over a lifetime, the people we wanted to inherit the above, our health directives, end-of-life arrangements, and more. This was not an overnight process. With Leslie’s guidance, we were able to create the trusts that would work best for us. When the time comes, we are satisfied that our Trustees (our grown children) need only open the file, take out Leslie’s card and give her a call. She will be there to help them carry out our wishes. We don’t think you could find a more capable, knowledgeable, dedicated, or friendly Estate Lawyer to help you with the otherwise difficult task of preparing to pass your estate onto the ones you love.
- Lynn P.