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More Than a Plan Our Commitment to Education and Your Family’s Future

Y our estate plan is so much more than a tool for your family to use when you pass. It’s a compilation of the decades of accomplishments and acquisitions you made throughout your life, detailing the pieces of your legacy you want passed onto future generations. It’s one final opportunity for you to do something for the family you built up around you. And while it’s a plan you never have to put to use, it’s one of the most valuable actions you will do while you are alive. To ensure we are providing our clients and their families with the most effective plans possible, attorneys Craig Hersch and Michael Hill share a unique distinction that only 318 of the 100,000- plus lawyers of The Florida Bar can claim. Craig and Mike hold their Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Certification with The Florida Bar — the highest level of honor for any specialty in Florida. To obtain this honor, Craig and Mike passed a rigorous exam and demonstrated complete and specific knowledge, skills, and ethics within wills, trusts, and estate planning. They are also required to recertify this distinction every five years. Our team values the intensive work it takes to earn this distinction, and it’s not an attribute Craig and Mike take for granted. Estate planning is a unique niche of law. There is new information almost monthly about tactics and procedures for attorneys and experts to utilize for their clients. That’s why we don’t take our jobs lightly at the Sheppard Law Firm.

Craig and Mike immerse themselves in the latest innovations in wills, trusts, and estate planning at the weeklong

Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning through the University of Miami every January to further their education and ability to serve clients. For 54 years, the Heckerling Institute has offered professionals across the nation an opportunity for educational and engagement opportunities with some of the world’s foremost wills, trusts, and estates experts. Thousands of estate planning attorneys will meet in Orlando for a week of intensive education, knowledge-sharing, and improvement with scholars, attorneys, and researchers. Craig is celebrating his 30th year in attendance at the Heckerling Institute, and Mike has attended alongside Craig for the past 15 years. Craig and Mike use this weeklong expedition into the latest updates in estate planning to disseminate the complex and updated information into usable tactics and upgraded standards for client planning and care. You and your family deserve an estate plan that exceeds the expectations set by this ever-growing and complex field, and we are dedicated to achieving that every year. As per tradition, the duo will also condense what they learn into a short presentation for our Client Care Program members in February, cutting the legal jargon and boiling it down to easy-to-understand details. “This information goes into books, articles, and everything that we do here,” Craig further explains. “Our unique ability is taking the complex and making it simple.” Everything we do at the Sheppard Law Firm is done with our clients in mind. We understand and value the complexities and emotional connections behind your estate plan, and that’s why we are committed to getting better each year. Thank you for pushing us to do so.

– Craig and Mike

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January 2020

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