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In most cases, new clients want to see the end of the movie when we don’t even know who the actors are in it. Thus, we always insist that before presenting a final response or proposal, we need to have an idea of the following information:

  • The estate and tax planning goals and objectives for the family;
  • The general information for immediate family, next of kin, and in-law family members, including their residence and nationality, etc.;
  • If you have previously done some type of estate planning, and if so, a copy the relevant documents, etc.;
  • A list of real estate properties you own directly or indirectly, with their location and value, percentage of ownership, etc.;
  • A list of business or corporate assets and interests, including the type of corporate structure, percentage of ownership, estimated value, etc.;
  • A List of investment accounts and copies of the latest account statement for each of them, including the name(s) of the account holder(s), their value and balance, as well as if there are any transfer-on-death instructions for any of the accounts, etc.;
  • A list of life insurance policies, including the policy itself and the last statement for each one, as well as if any of them are subject to a trust or ILIT;
  • A list of checking and savings bank accounts including their value and the type of account, if there are any transfer-on-death instructions for any of the accounts, etc.;
  • A list of automobiles, vessels, aircraft, etc., including their value, location and owner of the same;
  • A list of works of art, jewelry, and collections, including their value, location, and owner;
  • A list of retirement or pension plans, including the last account statement for each one;
  • A list of stock options or trade concessions, restricted stock units, etc.;
  • A list of account receivables, including the amount and name of the debtor;
  • If there’s an expected inheritance, donation or positive court decision in the future.