I have worked with Andy for nearly a quarter century, so it is safe to say we have some history. It is difficult for a layman to evaluate a professional's expertise. After all, one hires professionals for access to expertise. But it is not difficult to evaluate a professional on many other levels. First and foremost, Andy is the best communicator I know. He makes sure he understands exactly what you are trying to do and in so doing, makes sure you yourself understand exactly what you are trying to do. He then expeditiously translates your plans and objectives into clear legal documentation. OK, possibly there is no such thing. But Andy explains what he has done so well and clearly that even the very inexperienced can follow along. Secondly, I can easily evaluate his responsiveness. Andy has responded to me within hours of my every inquiry, even on a Sunday evening. Finally, It is one thing to prepare legal documentation, such as Trusts, Wills and the like, but it is quite another to defend the work involved clearly and persuasively. Andy helped me respond to an IRS challenge in such a manner that the matter was dropped immediately, and believe me, the issues were complex.
I could not ask for a finer attorney or a more responsive friend than Andy Strauss.