Date: October 9, 2018

Time: Noon ET (60 Minutes)

Guest Speaker: L. Paul Hood, Jr., JD, Speaker/Author/Consultant, PPI Dean of the Cutting Edge


Initial client interviews are critical to the success of the planner-client relationship, yet aren’t studied that much by estate planners. Paul will conduct an in-depth look at the initial planning client interview, principally by directly applying actual quotes from medical textbooks on the initial interview, to provide guidance to estate and financial planners. He also will:

  • Compare what goes through the minds of the estate planner and the client during the initial client interview.
  • Emphasize the importance of watching the non-verbal communication of clients.
  • Discuss selected pointers about types of questions to ask and what types of questions to avoid.
  • Lay out some interviewing suggestions to help make your interviews go more smoothly and be more productive.

In this hour-long session, Paul will transform how you think about the initial client interview!

Introduction to Our Guest Speaker

L. Paul Hood, Jr. received his J.D. from Louisiana State University Law Center in 1986 and Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1988. Paul is a frequent speaker, is widely quoted and his articles have appeared in a number of publications, including BNA Tax Management Memorandum, BNA Estates, Gifts & Trusts Journal, CCH Journal of Practical Estate Planning, Estate Planning, Valuation Strategies, Digest of Federal Tax Articles, Loyola Law Review, Louisiana Bar Journal, Tax Ideas, The Value Examiner and Charitable Gift Planning News. He has spoken at programs sponsored by a number of law schools, including Duke, Georgetown, NYU, Tulane, Loyola (N.O.) and LSU, as well as many other professional organizations, including AICPA and NACVA. From 1996-2004, Paul served on the Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals, a three member board that has jurisdiction over all Louisiana state tax matters. A self-described “recovering tax lawyer,” Paul is the author or co-author of four books, and is the proud father of two boys who are the apples of his eye, Paul III and Evan. Happily married to Carol A. Sobczak, Paul lives with Carol in Toledo OH, where he serves as the Director of Planned Giving for The University of Toledo Foundation.

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