After receiving a postcard advertisement/invitation in the mail from the Law Offices of Kirk Halpin & Associates, we decided to attend a seminar that Amy Lazas taught on Living Trusts. We went with the expectation that we were only there to gather information and honestly had no intention of pursuing a consultation. However, Amy won us over with her upbeat, friendly, down-to-earth demeanor and her knowledgeable attitude. As guests were arriving and signing in, refreshments were available on a back table and a slide show on the estate taxes that had been garnered on famous actors, actresses and other well-known personalities was silently running in the front. It was quite interesting and enlightening. Amy began right on time and, after introducing herself, narrated a power point presentation on asset management, the distinctions between living trusts versus wills and how to avoid probate court. Although it sounds dull, her slides were creative and funny and she was congenial and informative. Even with allowing for questions, which she welcomed and answered knowledgeably, she kept to her allotted time frame. After the presentation, we decided to sign up for a 60 minute personal consultation which we had several weeks later. Amy warmly welcomed us and could not have been more winsome or encouraging. Never once did she try to pressure or manipulate us. Instead, she patiently guided us through a discussion of our personal and family situation and helped us to design a plan based on our priorities. It was only at the very end of our time that she asked if we would like to pursue an estate planning roadmap with her. By that time, we were very comfortable in agreeing to hire her for that purpose. We left that afternoon with list of necessary information to gather along with an Asset Information Booklet. We were given a week to collect and return the Asset Booklet and Statements via a stamped addressed envelope provided at our consultation. Two weeks later we had a telephone review meeting with Joan, a paralegal, to confirm our information and plan choices. Thereafter, Amy and her legal team drafted our plan documents so that everything was ready for our final signing about three weeks later. Our final meeting lasted about 1.5 hours during which Joan reviewed all of the legal documents and then asked another colleague to come in so all of the paperwork could be signed, witnessed, notarized and then copied. Amy arrived at that point to ensure that everything was in order and that we were comfortable with the results. She reassured us that we could call her at any time with questions and that she would continue to have future review meetings to ensure that our plan would support our changing needs. We left with all of our original documents, an Estate Planning Portfolio binder containing copies of our documents and some funding letters to retitle assets into our Living Trust. This was a very smooth and surprisingly easy process that resulted in the knowledge that we have legally made things much easier for our family and our beneficiaries. The accompanying peace of mind is well worth the expense. We would highly recommend Amy Lazas and the Law Firm of Kirk Halpin and Associates.