As many of you may already know, Norman B. Handler died on December 26, 2020, after a battle with esophageal cancer. This is a devastating loss for his family and our firm has lost its founder, and our attorneys and employees have lost a friend and mentor. For those of you who have not seen it, the Washington Post obituary, with the original photo, can be found here.
Norman’s greatest trait as an attorney was not his legal knowledge, his tax experience or his inexplicable love of forms and calculations - it was his empathy and humanity. Norman found a deep connection with his clients, and often them to him, through their common experiences, shared values, and often friendship. Our goal will be for the firm to keep that humanity as our cornerstone going forward.
In regard to Handler & Levine and our service to you, we are committed to the continuity of Norman’s excellent service for all of our clients. Our attorneys and staff have long tenures with the firm and have worked directly with Norman for many years on his client matters. We are all available to answer questions and to continue to provide the counsel you have come to expect. Everyone here is committed to ensuring that all of our clients’ needs are met.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time and thank you for your continued friendship and support.
Please contact us at (301) 961-6464 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how we can help you with updating your estate plan.
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We know that you have wide and varied options when it comes to choosing your estate planning attorney. There are solo practitioners who may offer you a feeling of importance to them and their practice, large firms that focus only on those with the wealth, tax issues and willingness to pay that works well for a large firm, and smaller firms that often look, feel and are essentially estate planning (and often revocable trust centered) factories.
The answer comes down to the same reasons we advise our clients to pick their trustees, powers of attorney and other fiduciaries: Trust and Common Sense.
The principals of the firm, Norman B. Handler and Marc S. Levine, have decades of estate planning experience, regularly working with individuals, families, and generations of families, to help them plan for the regularly expected life cycle events, and the improbable, unexpected and tragic. Over those years we have earned their clients’ trust. We find common cause in making sure that our clients are dealt with fairly and personally.
We also believe that common sense should rule the estate planning process. We spend a lot of time, effort and paper dealing with not only the likely, but also with the unlikely and unexpected. We take the time to make sure that our clients are comfortable with not just the estate plan, but with the impact of that plan on their lives and the lives of their children and other family members. If an estate plan works for taxes, versatility and protection, but does not make common sense for your life, it will not work for you.
Our goal at Handler & Levine, LLC is to earn and retain your trust, and to make sure that common sense guides the estate planning we provide.