How do we effectively help clients with estate planning needs? If we are to be the catalyst sharing ideas and bringing them to fruition, the process is still paramount. As we approach the end of 2016 it is more important than ever. In my work in this space I see cases sometimes fail because the correct process is ignored. You might get lucky and stumble upon an already developed case and make a product sale. This is neither a sure or consistent entry into the market.
Start with Fact Finding
The successful process begins with in depth fact finding. There are many great estate planning fact finders from carriers and other sources. They all have one thing in common. They guide you in asking the disturbing questions about estate reduction. They uncover client goals and dreams, for example do they want their children treated fairly or equally. Most importantly, they contribute to developing rapport with the client. Then, when you request all those private financial documents from your client or ask for a meeting with one of their other advisors, the client's answer is yes. I see more cases fail for lack of this step than for any other reason.
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