After being in the US for 14 years with US-born children, we wanted security and peace-of-mind should something happen to us. The task looked daunting at first. We hired Brigitte to help us with the overall estate planning for our international assets and specific family situation.
Brigitte's own cultural background and international life experience, together with her clear way of explaining legal concepts and her patience made our complex estate planning very easy. During Covid we were able to meet with Brigitte via video conferencing or on occasion in person, often on short notice to discuss questions and determine next steps.
For us it especially helpful that Brigitte is a native German speaker and understands our cultural background.
We can highly recommend Brigitte to anyone with needs for international estate planning.
– Christian & Meike
Brigitte has been very helpful in solving our trust and will requirements: she has been extremely knowledgeable and professional, very detailed in explaining all legal matters, often hard to understand; we have been able to walk through the whole trust creation and update process; not only Brigitte has prepared for us all the necessary documents: she has been very helpful in following up for any trust or asset list change.
Also, since we also have assets abroad, Brigitte has taken the initiative to recommend us to consolidate all our assets in a single will; in doing so, she has put us in contact with a professional office in that other country, expert in international law, and the cooperation between herself and this office has smoothly generated an updated, omni- comprehensive, very detailed will.
Thanks, Brigitte! We really appreciate your help, your knowledgeability, your kindness, often your patience in helping us go through the legal issues.
– Lorenza & Rocco
Like most parents, we wanted to ensure that our children are well taken care of in case something were to happen to us. With family and assets split across the US and Europe we were looking for someone with experience setting up international estate plans. Brigitte has a wealth of experience and knowledge in this area.
From the initial meeting to the final signing of the documents, Brigitte did an incredible job helping us navigate this complicated process. She listened carefully to our wishes, asked us detailed questions and then made thoughtful suggestions on how to best set up our estate.
Along the way Brigitte was always available to answer questions and she happily shared contacts to lawyers, accountants and successor trustees she trusted that helped us address requests that went beyond the services she could provide. Brigitte delivered on everything we were looking for and even went beyond our expectations.
– Kai & Eva
It was such a pleasure working with Brigitte when my husband and I decided to finally put a family trust in place. Brigitte displayed in-depth knowledge of both US law and international issues, related to inheritance, wealth management and family law, explained pros and cons of various options and walked us through this journey from initial consult to the signatures with patience and empathy. Brigitte explained legal structures and requirements in plain English which helped us tremendously in making decisions on how to structure our trust. I can recommend Brigitte without hesitation to anyone who is looking for an attorney specializing in international estate planning.
I am an American living abroad and wanted to get my estate in order this past year. Brigitte did a wonderful job helping me sort out all of the legal issues related to powers of attorney for health care and financial matters for my beneficiaries. She also guided me through a series of questions I had and helped me make good decisions. I highly recommend her!
2021 was the year when we finally had the time to put our ‘affairs in order’ and set up an estate plan. Brigitte Binkert was highly recommended and after an initial phone ‘meet up’ we decided to work with her.
We decided on the package deal that includes Living Trust, Power of Attorney and Health Directive.
From start to finish the process was easy, structured, straightforward and friendly. Brigitte’s professional approach, outline and questionnaire was easy to understand and gave us a good basis to organize our wishes and thoughts.
All our questions were answered and addressed. She made us aware of potential conflicts or problems and explained to us how to avoid them. Especially nice for us was that Brigitte can conduct business in German and English and that the signing process took place in our backyard.
The process was very streamlined and organized, easy and professional at the same time. We are very happy with the service we received and highly recommend Brigitte.
– Renate & Don