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Elizabeth assisted us with our estate planning and our experience was extremely positive. We found Elizabeth both knowledgeable and professional in all areas of the planning process. She was insightful in her suggestions for our needs and innovative in her ideas for what would be the best plan for us. She keeps us posted with tax and law updates that may effect us adversely. We look forward to continuing to receive her advice for many years in the future.
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Most fortunately, our experience with Elizabeth Johnson of Johnson Estate Planning has been quite the opposite. Ms Johnson listened to our needs and concerns, helped us evaluate our situation, and, at all times, was warm, knowledgeable, and the consummate professional. We are grateful for her expertise in handling every legal situation for which we have needed her. Most recently, she has updated and provided us with a comprehensive restatement of the "A------n Family Trust" which originated in 1998. Both the depth of her legal judgment and the scope of her patience were put to full use on our behalf.
My husband and I wanted to re-write our entire Trust as it was entirely out of date. All I could remember was my experience the first time several years ago and I kept putting it off. We finally had to get it done and had the best experience ever with Elizabeth. She explained everything thoroughly and gave visual graphics. Each step was laid out in a manner that I could understand. All possible scenarios were discussed with us, helping us to make decisions. At the end we were given a concise, well organized portfolio binder, that was set up for us to easily update as time goes by. We not only feel confident that our assets have been protected per our wishes, we also know our successor Trustee's are protected and that they will have her to guide them when the time comes.
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Elizabeth helped me and my spouse with our estate planning in the most professional, timely, knowledgable and friendly way possible. Even though this was done as pro bono work we never had any inkling that she was treating us as anything other than valued clients. She kept us on schedule, explained the process and provided a complete and thorough product we felt very good about. I would recommend Elizabeth without hesitation.
When I needed specific personalized guidance for my estate and potential long-term care arrangements, I turned to Eliz CA Johnson. She replied with numerous well-considered options and helped me to understand the ramification of each one. Eliz sought the best solutions for my particular situation and then helped me establish my arrangements accordingly. I have continued to review and update my documents to keep them timely, accurate, and correct. I am very impressed with her diligence and professionalism. She follows up on every detail. I heartily recommend Eliz CA Johnson.
We used Elizabeth to review our estate plans with us and redo a whole packet that consisted of a Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Advanced Healthcare Directives, Revocable trust and all related materials. Not only is she an extremely knowledgeable subject matter expert, she explains things in a way that makes it easy for folks like us to understand. I would highly recommend Elizabeth and will continue to use her myself in the future.
Elizabeth is great to work with. She kept us well informed every step of the way, and she took it upon herself to keep us educated about the process and to keep everything moving along. I was impressed with her updates and level of communication. She is very thorough and comprehensive. I know my money was well spent considering how fast she completed our trust, and how completely she covered every issue. I heartily recommend working with her. She prides herself on developing an ongoing relationship, not just a fee for service attorney.
I was referred to miss Johnson through a community organization for a tax issue. She asked me to fill out a POA form and mail it to her. 4 days later I followed up with her, at which time she claimed to never have received it. In the interim she asked for me to resend the form and for a letter explaining my situation. I emailed her a thorough synopsis of what my situation was, including the tax years in question and also related a conversation I had with the tax board as to why the action was being taken. I also sent her a copy of the letter from FTB outlining the amount they were collecting.
What followed were emails from her asking specific questions about why this action was happening, which tax years were we dealing with, what amount was being collected, and other things that were clearly stated in my first letter to her. She asked me to "describe my situation " so that she would know what to do for me. Her entreaty for me to describe my situation included no specifics. I wrote back that it was a vague question,and also it seemed from my perspective that she had not read my replies. She asked specific questions about my health.
In my replies I pointed out where I had already answered the questions she repeated and also wrote that I didn't see how my health was relevant to the situation.
To her credit she did explain what her motives were for inquiring about my health and in the same letter claimed I "was obviously annoyed and I should ask for another referral as we had had a communication breakdown.
In my opinion the communication broke down when she repeatedly asked me for information that had already been provided in writing.(tax years in question, amount being collected, an specifics about the bank account in question). In some cases twice.
When I answered theses repeated questions one by one pointing out when and where they had been answered and suggested that to me it seemed as if she weren't reading my replies, she recommended I should find so someone else to help me.
I should point out that miss Johnson was doing this as a volunteer for the organization which referred me, it felt to me( especially because of the repeated questions and her vague request to describe my situation mentioned earlier) that she was not really interested in helping me.
As a disabled person who has had to deal with many different agencies, it has been my experience that do-gooders who volunteer their time and effort are sometimes doing it not to really help humanity, but to assuage their own guilt. Also, it seems to me that because of all the repetition, that she was not really giving my issue very close attention. I'm certain she does better for her paying clients.
Ms. Johnson is not just an excellent attorney, she is a great person as well. She came highly recommended from a friend in another field and she is everything I needed. She answered all my questions about preparing for my death and posed many thought provoking questions of her own. Her professionalism and candor is highly appreciated. She considered the difficulties in my case and we worked to find agreeable solutions. I have recommended her to a my friends because her compassion is very important when considering final arrangements. I know that I am now legally safe and taken care of in a way I could not have handled on my own. Her willingness to listen and understand the uniqueness of my situation ( I have a rescue dog sanctuary as well as show dogs) made the entire process much easier. I cannot say enough good things about her character and willingness to help me when I really needed her.
In my professional career as a CEO I have worked with many many lawyers. None match the competence,compassion, and communication skills of Elizabeth. She assisted me and my wife in redrafting Wills, Trusts, Advance Directives and related documents.Outstanding ability to make complex legal matters understandable. Outstanding ability to listen to the client and craft instruments specific to our desires and needs rather than use legal boilerplate.