DON'T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT,
HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY...
Ron Puente of Yonkers, NY
I've been to 4 different seminars -this process took me over a
year - I didn't do this overnight. I had the luxury of shopping
around. Ultimately, I chose Scifo because they are very forthright,
very clear and concise. Scifo spent a considerable amount of time
getting to know me and my children
I have a Living Trust and we drafted it to protect my children.
We even went farther to protect any future grandchildren. They also
provided an Irrevocable Trust. While it took a long time to draw
these plans up- around 10-15 visits - they really took the time
to explain everything, and gave me assignments to read and then
come back and discuss. We spoke about our family and our lifestyles,
our children and their lifestyles - they took a lot of time. The
estate planners I had spoken with previously? It was instant service
- 'here's your binder, and get out of here.'
For people that have no idea what estate planning is: You are
going to see what you're worth, what would happen to your money
if you died today, who would get what… You're going to enjoy some
tax benefits and you are going to leave your family in a place that
they don't have to worry, and all goes smoothly after you die. It's
not about me - you understand? It's about the people you have left
behind. Scifo Estate Planning did that for me 100% and they continue
to do it. They put together another trust for my daughters and they
enjoy tax benefits - it's a nice little vehicle to protect your
kids. The laws are written and are there to take advantage of and
Scifo is the vehicle to get you there.
The Scifo professionals are very soothing and highly intelligent.
I have recommended them to family and friends without reservation.
I trust Scifo implicitly and I won't be here when it all goes into
play so my children know everything and know the person to call
would be Scifo Estate Planning. Scifo will take care of them as
far as I'm concerned. I'm putting my wife and kids into their hands
and they will make sure we do the right thing.
Susan Ferraro, Esq. of Bayonne, NJ
After hearing an advertisement for a Scifo Estate Planning seminar,
I decided to attend just to check it out. As an attorney and the
daughter of parents in need of proper estate planning, I had both
a professional and personal interest in see what they offered. I
came away very impressed with their knowledge and experience and
immediately arranged a consultation appointment with my parents.
It only took that one meeting for John to gain my father's trust
and respect, which is not that easy to do.
From there, we began the estate planning process with Scifo and
they helped my parents to take advantage of tax laws and save a
considerable amount of money. The process became a full family affair,
involving both of my parents and my four siblings, as we set up
a Living Trust and Family Limited Partnership for my parents, as
well as Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts for me and each of my
siblings. The process resulted in a great amount of financial security
for our entire family for generations to come.
Looking back on the process, I am still impressed by the amount
of time that was spent with our family, not only reviewing finances,
but getting to know us. That to me was the most important element
of the process, demonstrating genuine care and concern for our family's
well-being. It is obvious that the people of Scifo take great pride
in their work and truly care about fulfilling their client's needs
To this day, I maintain a personal and professional relationship
with Scifo Estate Planning and I often refer friends and colleagues
over to them, which is something that I typically do not do.
George Fedoriw of Richmond Hill, NY
I went to several seminars. I ended up choosing Scifo Estate Planning
because I have to provide for myself and my family-I knew I wanted
to be protected from paying further taxes, and set up a corporation
and a limited partnership. It's obvious why I would want a living
trust - to protect my money. The people at Scifo are really open-minded
- and they are experts - they know all about estate planning and
protecting my money for my future and my family's future.
Scifo brought up many points that others didn't bring up. For
me, they implemented a Living Trust, a Limited Partnership, and
a Family Foundation and set up pension plans and long term care
for my corporation. Some estate planners - you sit around for an
hour and you are ready to put a blanket over your head and fall
asleep. With Scifo, you are trying to catch every word they say.
Melvyn and Frances Schwartz of Merrick,
As a self-professed cynic, I was very pleasantly surprised to find
out just how knowledgeable and patient John Scifo was. My husband
and I attended one of the Scifo Estate Planning seminars after already
having been to a few seminars by other so-called estate planners
that just seemed like they wanted to push insurance or make a fast
sale. We attended John's seminar and it was very apparent that he
not only knew what he was talking about, but that he cared about
what he was talking about. We instantly signed up with John to begin
the process of arranging a Living Trust and Family Limited Partnership.
The estate planning process with him lasted about nine months.
We were never rushed or forced into anything we didn't want to do.
No decisions were made on anything until he made certain we understood
everything that was presented.
The time we spent creating our estate plan was an amazing learning
experience for us and for our entire family. During the course of
the nine months, John met all of our children and our seven grandchildren,
answering all of their questions and making us feel fully assured
that our family and our grandchildren's families were financially
secured for many years to come
Thomas Aldrich of Yorktown Heights, NY
Scifo is a company that truly cares about their clients - they
don't forget about you. When you work with them, they sort of join
My father had trusts in place for which he used Scifo. I then
had subsequent planning needs for my estate - that's how I was introduced
to the people at Scifo. They are very knowledgeable and very personable.
They truly care about their clients and that's important.
We were working with Scifo a while back and they were coming out
to our house when my father was dying of cancer. That was the foundation
for a very strong relationship with Scifo. My father died 7 years
ago and that got things rolling for me to go forward. The Aldrich
family as a whole set up a Family Limited Partnership (FLP), which
includes my brother, my mother, and me. We have also life insurance
Scifo educated me so I can understand some of the newer, more
complicated things like a Second to Die Life Insurance policy. It's
a great tool for estate planning that provides a very good payout
on death. The benefit to me is lower premiums for a higher payout,
and the insurance payout is used to pay off estate taxes. The Family
Limited Partnership is a sophisticated tool. We needed to be educated
and understand how it would affect the estate and the benefits it
provided. Scifo spent the time necessary to enable us to understand
it, so that we felt comfortable moving ahead. They have the ability
to take a complex subject and explain it so that it is easily understood.
Ray & Hetri Totaram of Courtlandt Manor,
We greatly appreciate the accessibility and after care provided
by everyone at Scifo. Any questions I have ever had, someone's always
there to help me. I knew going in that the estate planning process
was a very involved and complicated process, but they are very helpful
in explaining it all. They always take the time to explain the complex
issues of each instrument. I truly appreciated the personal attention
they provided throughout the process.
We've been with him for 4 or 5 years now. We looked at other estate
planners but chose Scifo because we had a good instinct about them
- we had gone to several seminars. We felt at ease with them.
Any other person that has helped us, like an attorney, if I can't
get in touch with them-someone at Scifo connects me, so they are
very service-oriented. We started out with a Living Trust and then
implemented a Family Limited Partnership, because we wanted to be
protected against liability, since we are in Real Estate. One of
the main reasons we undertook this process was to make sure that
we took care of our children in the best way we could and to save
money on taxes. We have not been disappointed. In fact, I have recommended
Scifo to both my brothers who are now clients of Scifo.
Henry H. of Florida
The Estate Planning industry is competitive. I went to many meetings
and I determined Scifo Estate Planning is the best informed to do
what's best for me, and my family. I looked into Estate Planning
to preserve the capital in my estate, which were the efforts of
my hard work and I wanted to control my estate while I was alive
and why my family was changing.
We have several varieties of trusts. I chose a Living Trust to
preserve my assets, but yet allow me to maintain control over them.
I also have a Real Estate Trust, with the help of Scifo. Everything
went so well that I had them set up a trust for my wife's aunt.
I also recommended my daughter and her husband to Scifo. In this
business it is so hard to find someone you can trust, so when you
do you want to spread the word and help out as many people as you
I was concerned by many of the presentations given on Estate Planning.
I listened to at least 10 or 12 presentations by other planners,
both here in Florida and in the New York/Connecticut area. I thought
these other seminars were selling more than providing the advice
I was after, and I wasn't interested in people investing my money
- I handle that separately. I was looking strictly for Estate Planning
advice. Scifo's seminar, through the use of examples and actual
cases, proved to me they could single in on that. I do trust them
and the charges for their services were also quite reasonable.
Charles and Frances Doering of Manhasset,
The estate planning process with John Scifo and Scifo Estate Planning
was a very satisfying experience. We were amazed with how much time
he spent with us, never moving on until he was certain we were absolutely
clear on everything he had explained to us. He clarified all of
the complex terminologies that were presented to us and illustrated
every technique with realistic examples and numbers. Throughout
the process, we always learned something new and we were always
presented with choices, rather than being led down only one path.
We greatly appreciated the individualized attention he afforded
us during all of our many meetings.
We are very happy to say that in addition to learning a great deal
about wills and estates, we also nearly tripled the value of our
estate, which was a very nice and welcomed surprise. In the end,
we came away with so much more than we could have ever expected.
If I had to rate the quality of service we received from him on
a scale of 1 - 10, I would give him a 12.
Ralph Sabatini of New City, NY
John Scifo was very good to work with and always took the time
to explain everything to us throughout the process, making sure
he only offered us what was necessary. Other planners and attorneys
that we spoke with in the past always tried to sell us on drafting
a will, when we most wanted to set up a Living Trust. John spent
a great deal of time with us over the course of seven or eight meetings
and developed clear understanding of our needs. The whole process
was actually made very easy for us and John was always very patient
and pleasant. He helped us to draw up a Living Trust that satisfied
and exceeded all of our needs, and moreover, he also discovered
inconsistencies with the life insurance plans we had, rationalizing
our insurance plans and saving us a lot of money, while increasing
the value of our policies. It would be impossible to call the end
results nothing short of a success
Our whole experience with Scifo Estate Planning was a great experience.
We came away very secure in the knowledge that our family was taken
care of and that we would have nothing to worry about. We have already
recommended Scifo Estate Planning to two of our friends and will
continue to recommend them.
Norton Morgenthal of Boynton Beach, FL
Living Trusts are very important because they protect you in relation
to your health and wealth. More important than dying insurance is
living insurance - by having these trusts, you avoid paying taxes
and you can pass your assets onto your children and your grandchildren,
protecting them as well. Scifo Estate Planning works with you to
protect your assets. Why not pass what you've made onto your children?
They are unique and people beat a path to their door - they explain
estate planning in a way that you can understand and they hold the
confidence of each of us. The company does a magnificent job for
the rich, the wealthy and the middle class.
Scifo has helped me plan my estate both from the investment side
and insurance side. One out of every 2 people will need some kind
of nursing care and assisted living - that's how real it is. People
don't plan to fail, they fail to plan.
Dorothy Aldrich of Millbrook, NY
Scifo has done everything we could possibly want them to do -
everyone there is very helpful. Our entire family has been very
satisfied with the company. Scifo has saved us a great deal on taxes
- and set us up with a variety of Trusts. We've been dealing with
them for 9 years now and they know an awful lot. I have even felt
comfortable enough to recommend them to my doctor.
It's been a pleasant relationship. Scifo knows all the ins and
outs of how to handle our money and they have been very clear in
explaining each detail to us. They even introduced us to a CPA as
well as a financial planner. Overall, they have been a tremendous
resource for us.
Saul Rubin of Flushing, NY
I knew it was very important to have a living trust to provide
for my beneficiaries. That was the main reason I ended up choosing
Scifo. I knew quickly after meeting with them that all my affairs
would be in order if anything happened to me.
Because of their estate planning process – I feel secure
in my present situation financially. Scifo is very attentive to
my needs and very personable, giving me all the time I needed. They
set me up in an immediate annuity, which has helped me a great deal
financially – it provides a very nice income.