Among the key findings were the following:
-- As in 2007, most respondents chose elder law as the primary estate planning industry shift over the next five years.
-- Attorneys noted that the primary reason clients seek their services is to avoid probate, followed by the desire to minimize estate taxes. Avoiding chaos upon their death, keeping children from mismanaging their inheritance, and asset protection were also major factors.
-- Net worth of the respondents' clients ranged from less than
-- Client generation and managing daily operations are major challenges for most attorneys.
-- Top factors important to attorneys in sustaining their businesses are having the support of family and friends, and an efficient document drafting system.
The next annual survey will be conducted in
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