In Appreciation – December 2010

December 31, 2010
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At the end of each month, I try to express my thanks to those who have helped towards the development of this blog and/or my estate planning law practice.  As I have many people to thank for their graciousness in this fifth month, let’s just dive right in.  This month, I give my gratitude to:

Gyi Tsakalakis – Mr. Tsakalakis is one of the leaders at “Attorney Sync”, a firm specializing in online marketing for law firms.  Attorney Sync usually provides a great deal of services for its clients, but I was simply not ready to make the commitment.  Without hesitation, Gyi (rhymes with “Glee”) offered to consult with me for an hour on local marketing, and I jumped at the chance.  Not only did he give me advice that helped increase traffic to my site, but he also has been quite generous with answering my follow-up questions as well as promoting some of my posts.  Thank you, and Happy New Year, Gyi!

Hani Sarji – I must thank Mr. Sarji again in an appreciation post.  He is an avid blogger on, and was one of the leading commentators on the developments of the federal tax law in the weeks leading up to its passage this month.  One of his posts during this time referenced my post on the bill’s winners and losers, and this again resulted in an unprecedented amount of readers to my tiny blog.  He and I now exchange emails fairly frequently, and I consider him a friend.  Thank you, and Happy New Year, Hani!

Roger Wohlner, CFP – Mr. Wohlner is a popular Certified Financial Planner and blogger out of Chicago.  He is also a member of the National Association of Professional Financial Advisors (NAPFA), a group of elite fee-only financial planners that I highly endorsed in this post at the beginning of the month.  As a result, Mr. Wohlner charitably took interest in this blog, and has now become one of its top commenters.  In his financial planning blog, he succeeds at discussing topical issues in a friendly, concise and clear approach for his many readers.  Thank you, and Happy New Year, Roger!

Christine P. Roberts, Esq. – Ms. Roberts is an ERISA attorney of renown and a partner at Mullen & Henzell LLP out of Santa Barbara, CA.  She stumbled upon my disclaimer page, and had the professionalism to personally request if she could use it for her firm’s website (which I was honored to share with her).  She even suggested citing my name in doing so (an idea that I hopefully rejected gracefully).  Her actions were but one example of the community spirit and class that is truly still alive in our profession.  Thank you, and Happy New Year, Christine!

Danielle G. Van Ess, Esq. – Speaking of professionalism, Ms. Van Ess is an innovative estate planning attorney out of Hingham, MA.  She has a few years more experience than me in a similar station in life – a solo practitioner working out of her home while raising young kids, and has been quick with her advice and encouragement.  She has unwittingly made me aware of several important issues and solutions involving guardianships and inter-web security that are now staples in my own practice.  Thank you, and Happy New Year, Danielle!

Jack Whittington & Daina Babin – A special “shout out” to these two law students at the University of Tulsa.  They were amongst the first to extend their hands of friendship and undeserved praise upon me when I joined twitter.  Both are hard-working, passionate, gracious, and either unaware of their gifts or too modest to harp on them at all.  I also recently and happily discovered that they are engaged to be married to each other.  I do not and cannot praise these good friends enough, and I wish them great joy and success (except for this Sunday, when their Cowboys play my Eagles).  Thank you, and Happy New Year Jack and Daina!

Andrea, Benjamin and Samantha Zucker – My beautiful and tolerant wife and children.

Syma Zucker – My mother (keep praying for her if you’re into that sort of thing).

Carl K. Zucker, Esq. (1934-2002).

 In Appreciation – December 2010
 In Appreciation – December 2010


Scott R. Zucker, Esq. is the owner of The Zucker Law Firm PLLC, located just outside the Capital Beltway in Annandale, within five miles of the City of Fairfax, the county seat of beautiful Fairfax County, Virginia. The firm focuses mainly on estate planning services for Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania clientele, and seeks to do so in an affordable and approachable way. People interested in learning more can contact Scott by phone or email.

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2 Responses to In Appreciation – December 2010

  1. January 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Great post and thanks for including me. Also flattered to be included along with Danielle who is one of my favorite people in the social media space and an exceptional estate planner as well. Scott there is no “charitable” portion of my interest in your blog. I really enjoy it and feel that you do an exceptional job of taking complex estate planning topics and explaining them in an easy to understand fashion. Happy New Year to you and your family and I look forward to continued communications and interactions in 2011.

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