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Why did you become an attorney?
My father was a physicist and my mother was a journalist, so I grew up appreciating good, concise prose and understanding that there are certain immutable laws that govern our physical world, like energy, gravity, and motion. Statutory laws are rules put in place by society to govern our human actions and our property. I love being an attorney, and especially an estate planner, because I can marry law and words to understand the rules and principles that govern my client's universe: their families, their businesses and other property, and their passion for charity. Using my knowledge and experience, I offer legal solutions to accomplish their wishes concerning those matters, and then I write the documents that will carry out their wishes in the most accurate and unambiguous words possible.
What do you think are the three most important things you do to serve your clients?
The most important thing I do is listen to my clients. Sometimes they just need to unburden themselves about something they won't say to their family, and they aren't looking for a fix. When there is a situation that needs to be addressed, the next most valuable thing I do is help them develop all the facts by asking the right questions. Once we know what the facts are, I offer solutions, and, where the solution is complex, explain it in approachable terms.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to read, mysteries in particular, but also about science, business, art, and cooking. I also love golf and going to professional golf tournaments. In fact, you are more likely to find me in the galleries outside the ropes than on the course myself. Traveling to tournaments, I've gotten to go to new cities and countries, met some of the players, and made new friends from all over the world.
Awards and Accreditations
•The Best Lawyers in America
•AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•The Best Lawyers in America
•Trusts and Estates (2013-2019)
•AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•Advises clients in planning their estates to accomplish lifetime goals, the orderly distribution of property to their beneficiaries, and the minimization of estate and gift tax liability
•Assists families with proceedings in probate court, including guardianships, conservatorships, and decedents' estates
•Drafts documents, such as wills and trusts, necessary to carry out clients’ estate plans
•Works with families to develop charitable giving programs, including establishing charitable and tax-exempt entities
•Chaired and served on the faculty for numerous seminars dealing with probate and estate and gift taxation
Outside the Office
•United Way of Central Alabama
•VAT Team Member
Speeches and Publications
•Author, Estate Planning Advantage, Sirote's Estate Planning Blog
•Speaker, Digital Asset Planning, Probate and Estate Planning Conference, 2014
•Author, Digital Asset Planning, The Counselor, 2013
•Author, Planning to Live Longer, Estate Planning Advantage, Spring 2012
•Author, “Expiring Income Tax Benefits with Estate Planning Lessons,” The Counselor, Fall 2009
•Author, “A Place for an Ethical Will in Your Estate Plan,” Estate Planning Advantage, Fall 2008
•Author, “A Gift to Taxpayers,” Estate Planning Advantage, Spring 2008
•Author, “Going Green Can Save You Green at Tax Time,” The Counselor, Fall 2007
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015
•Sirote & Permutt Presents ASCPA Webinar Series
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014
•Sirote & Permutt Estate Planning Alert: What to Know Before Donating
•Sirote's Leigh Kaylor Speaks on Digital Asset Planning
•Sirote Legal Alert: The Changing Tax Climate
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the Best Lawyers in America for 2013
•Alabama Planned Giving Council
•Alabama State Bar
•American Bar Association
•Birmingham Bar Association
•Probate Section Secretary (2012)
•Maricopa County Bar Association
•State Bar of Arizona
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