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I started various businesses from a young age. A business was my way of making ideas come to life and connect with different people.
This entrepreneurial experience eventually led me to study at Fordham School of Law in New York, because I had become interested in learning about how societies and individual lives are shaped by laws.
Even though working in a law firm was easier than managing a business day and night, I could never feel fulfilled getting paid for the hours I spent in front of computer. I never felt like my work made a difference in people’s lives. I knew I wanted to be out in the world, bringing values directly to people through my personal efforts.
It was the belief that every individual is creating a history through his or her journey which motivated me to become an estate planning and asset protection attorney. I have often seen that people weren’t being served by their lawyers in the way that I thought they should be. I created my law firm because I wanted to do something different from the outdated, traditional way I have been taught.
Here is what we do differently at Jiah Kim & Associates.
We don’t bill on an hourly basis.
We’ll always agree to a specific fee in advance of our work together, so you’ll never have any surprises about what something will cost you. We know that you’ll need to continue communicating with us during your lifetime about changes to your plan, as well as changes to your life and assets. We will communicate with you regularly about changes in the law. In fact, you can expect to hear from us often in our email newsletter.
We do not leave the ownership of your assets to chance.
We work with you to ensure your assets are properly titled in the name of the trust, and we take responsibility to supervise the funding. We work through an established process to ensure that your existing assets remain titled correctly, and newly acquired assets are titled properly. With client assistance, we utilize a sophisticated software program that allows us to fund your living trust, track the funding process to completion, and verify to you that it is done.
We value ongoing maintenance and education to our clients.
Since everything constantly changes, you cannot expect a plan to accomplish what it was intended to accomplish if it is never updated. The costs of failing to update are typically far greater than the costs of keeping plans current. It’s not the documents that are really the focus of our relationship. They’re the byproduct of the relationship. The focus of the relationship is helping you to make the best legal decisions for your family both now and throughout your future, and then having that peace of mind of knowing that someone is here for your family when something happens.
Because I’m a business owner too, I am able to bring the knowing and awareness that the work we do here isn’t really about you. It’s about your family, your team, and your clients. You are here to make things the best they can be for yourself and the people you love the most.
Every client I work with is a hero of a unique story. I help my clients to carry over their life values successfully to future generations by setting specific guidelines on how money is invested, children are cared for, and philosophies are preserved.
My goal is to make sure those guidelines work well throughout their lifetime by maintaining a long-term relationship. I do that by making it easy for my clients to communicate with me without charging an hourly fee, and put my whole team in place to support my clients.
We love helping families and entrepreneurs who are conscious of their purpose and taking actions to make a difference in the lives of their own, their families and others.
We understand you. We are passionate about helping you.
We believe estate planning is more than creating a set of documents to take care of matters when something happens to you. It is an ever-evolving life plan that takes into account both present and far future. With understanding how your loved ones and businesses will be taken care of in a long term, you are able to make better decisions for them in the present.
What I discovered is that the legal industry was not designed to serve growing families who experience lots of change on their way to success. It was designed to serve 70 and 80 year olds who were preparing for death. Business lawyers are for the most part simply incorporating businesses, but not truly and proactively advising them during the process of growth.
In order to reflect our client’s growth in life, we update our clients’ plans every 3 years without additional fee. We’ve also created unique membership programs to keep your plan up to date year in and year out as well as give you access for our expert legal guidance on ANY legal or financial matter.
We speak different than most lawyers, we talk more like you than most of our colleagues. That’s because we are you — first and foremost, we are entrepreneurs, business owners just like you who understand what it takes to start a business, grow a business, and turn that business into a venture that improves the world forever.
We understand you are busy, you are growing, you are planning for a life of prosperity and happiness.
We love traveling, and eating good food with a glass of wine when we are not working (and love talking about them).
So, feel free to talk to us anytime!
We encourage communication with our clients, because it is essential for your plans to update when your life situation changes.
We have a streamlined process to serve you the best. When you call our office to ask your quick question, you won’t have to wait hours or days for a phone call back. You’ll get your question answered, right away. And, if you need to schedule a more in-depth legal or strategic call with your personal lawyer, a call will be scheduled when you’re both available and ready for the call so we can make the very best use of your time and not waste your time by leaving voicemail after voicemail back and forth.
We’ve developed unique systems so that you can have an access to a personal family lawyer anytime you need just like Bill Gates, Warrant Buffet and Sam Walton did. You can always count on us to support you to build and maintain a life of your dreams.