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Planning for the Generations Symposium

With over 500 attorneys in attendance, ElderCounsel, LLC, along with WealthCounsel, LLC and The Advisors Forum, hosted the 4th Annual Planning for the Generations Symposium July 18th – 20th at the Denver Hyatt Regency.Known as “The Premier Event for Estate, Elder Law and Financial Professionals” the Planning for the Generations Symposium offered 28 different breakout sessions for attendees to choose from focused on 4 distinct tracks:  Essentials Planning, Elder Law, Advanced Estate Planning, and Business Planning.  The Symposium also offered 4 plenary sessions ranging from new developments in elder law to practice management.While the official start of the Symposium was July 18th, there were educational events for attendees earlier that week.  ElderCounsel offered a course on July 16th in conjunction with the Colorado Bar Association Elder Law Section called, “Colorado Medicaid Basics.”  On July 17th, ElderCounsel offered a 3-hour course for attorneys accredited by the Veterans Administration.Mark your calendars for 2013; pre-registration begins in February.Read through the testimonial from member Heinz Brisske below and you'll see why this is an event you don't want to miss!"Another WealthCounsel/ElderCounsel/Advisors Forum Symposium under my belt. The last three years (2009, 2010, 2011) we were in Chicago, but this year's was in Denver, CO.The Symposium, as with every prior one, was loaded with educational opportunities, designed to provide something for everyone. Being both an experienced estate planner and an elder law attorney, and also being the managing partner of our law firm, I was able to cherry-pick seminar topics that suited me in all of those three areas. Great topics and top-notch speakers.But you don't have to leave your office to get the educational materials; those are available in written and audio format. What you can't capture without physically being present at the Symposium is the people, the renewal of old relationships and the development of new relationships. As much as I learned in the formal programs, the people were the real benefit of attending the Symposium.The opportunity to get to know ElderCounsel staff, to spend time with them and socialize with them, was invaluable. Being able to not only put faces to names, but to personally become acquainted with the people that I interact with and that support me gave me a new appreciation for the organization and the people behind it. I spent time with Lou Pierro, Howie Krooks, Val Peterson and John Shickich, and I had the opportunity to discuss different Elder Law issues with each of them. Where and when could I possibly have had such an opportunity, other than at the Symposium?All of that was dwarfed, as it has been at every Symposium that I've attended (and I have yet to miss one), by the opportunity I had to spend time with other Symposium attendees. I learned how other practitioners set up their practices, what kinds of marketing strategies they use, practice management tips that will potentially increase our firm's revenue, client maintenance program options, and lots of other tips and tricks.Next year, I'll attend the 2013 Symposium. I'm bringing my wife, and we'll spend a few days exploring Denver and the surrounding area; we've already set the time aside. I literally can't wait; if I could register today, I would."Heinz
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