Estate planning is complex – both for professionals and their clients. Our complete estate planning solution demystifies the process, helping visualize, model, and create new plans. We help advisors, planners, and attorneys delight clients with a better estate planning experience.

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Estate Planning Software

A modern, visual approach to estate planning

Estate planning is complex – both for professionals and their clients. Our complete estate planning solution demystifies the process, helping visualize, model, and create new plans. We help advisors, planners, and attorneys delight clients with a better estate planning experience.

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How Vanilla Helps Advisors & Estate Planners

Bring the benefits of estate planning to your clients

Visualize existing plans

Turn dense documents into clear and simple visuals that uncover planning gaps.

Deliver Client Wow

Deliver holistic planning

Deliver differentiated advice with estate analysis and strategies.

For Advisors

Scale your estate planning offering

Turn estate planning into a repeatable offering for every client.

For Estate Planners

Retain assets, win new clients

Retain assets across generations and win new clients to grow your book of business

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Our estate planning software

The Vanilla Estate Advisory Platform

Built by advisors for advisors, Vanilla is more than just a place to create trusts, wills, and estate planning documents. It’s built for powering the most important advice you can give your clients — how to craft and manage their legacy.

Recognized as a leading wealth management and estate planning software platform

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WealthTech Americas
Best Newcomer/Startup
2023 Industry Awards

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Family Wealth Report
Winner Product Innovation
2022 Awards

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WealthManagement.com
Finalist, Specialized Planning
2023 Awards

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ThinkAdvisor
Finalist, Innovation
2023 LUMINARIES Awards

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Connect with the wealth management tools you already use

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Enterprise grade security for every customer and client

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Disaster Recovery

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is estate planning software? And why do advisors need it?

Estate planning software helps financial advisors, lawyers, and individuals analyze existing estate plans, identify gaps, calculate potential federal and state estate tax liabilities, and create new planning documents such as trust, wills, power of attorney, and healthcare directives. It can automate many of the manual tasks involved in estate planning, such as drafting documents, calculating taxes and waterfalls, and building visualizations to explain how the plan works. 

Advisors need estate planning software because it can help them:

  • Provide better service to their clients by helping them create comprehensive and effective estate plans.
  • Understand their clients balance sheet and total net-worth.
  • Create a deeper connection to the client and their goals.
  • Retain assets by creating a connection with the second generation.

Estate planning software can help advisors educate clients about estate planning and build trust and rapport through using a modern, interactive experience.

Can Vanilla help with tax planning?

Yes, Vanilla can help with tax planning as part of its estate planning software. It can help advisors calculate the potential federal and state estate tax implications of each client’s current estate. 

How should I evaluate estate planning software?

Estate planning software should help users do four things – organize and visualize a family’s existing plan, strategize potential opportunities, offer online document creation, and create a collaborative online space for accessing current estate plans and documents. Estate planning software needs to account for complex fact patterns, multiple types of trust documents, state and federal tax laws, and have a robust reporting engine. 

Estate planning software also needs to be easy to use, integrated to other financial technology systems, secure, and offer best-in-class customer service.

How much does Vanilla’s estate planning software cost?

Vanilla’s estate planning software is available today for wealth management firms and law firms, priced based on each firm’s individual needs. Please contact sales for a custom quote. 

Why is estate planning software important?

Estate planning can be complex. The right estate planning software will simplify the process for the advisor, attorney, and client. It will streamline onboarding and turn dense documents and legalese into easy-to-understand diagrams. Estate planning software can help with estate strategy and scenario planning and even create legal documents. To better understand how to evaluate estate planning software, download our buyer’s guide.

Can an attorney use Vanilla's estate planning software?

Vanilla is used by many attorneys. It helps streamline client onboarding and shows clients how even complex estate plans work with easy-to-understand visualizations. The Vanilla platform also enables attorneys to play out how various legal and financial instruments will impact an estate plan in the future.

Can Vanilla's estate planning software visualize my client's estate plan?

Yes – Vanilla turns dense legal documents and estate strategies into easy-to-understand, interactive diagrams. These visualizations help clarify the plan for the advisor and client alike. See how trusts are structured,  how assets flow on first and second death, and more. See how Vanilla can visualize your client’s estate plan.

Resources

Stay current on the latest in trusts, wills, and estate planning

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Guide

Vanilla

Feb 16, 2023

The Vanilla Estate Planning Playbook (updated for 2024)

A step-by-step checklist to guide your client conversations, updated for 2024. This playbook is inspired by the guide used by Steve Lockshin and his firm AdvicePeriod, based on Lockshin’s 30+ years of financial advice and estate planning for some of the most successful ultra-high net worth clients in the world.

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Vanilla

Feb 10, 2023

Why estate planning matters

Win new clients by downloading and sending this presentation to potential clients and prospects alike. It can help them understand why estate planning matters and how you, as their trusted advisor, can make the process as simple as possible by using Vanilla.

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Vanilla

Aug 10, 2023

A guide to trusts for estate planning

Trusts are an important component of financial and estate planning, but there are many types of trusts – each with unique pros and cons. This guide helps financial advisors and clients sort through the many different types of trusts to better understand what they might want to employ for their own estate strategies.

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Vanilla

Apr 04, 2023

Vanilla sample report for taxable estates

With Vanilla, advisors can create a new type of deliverable that both clients and prospects have never seen before. Not only does Vanilla help advisors increase the depth of their service offerings, but it also helps an advisor’s client actually understand the full picture of their wealth and legacy. Download a sample report below.

Guide

Vanilla

Dec 07, 2022

A guide to gifting

Making lifetime gifts is one of the most common, tried-and-true strategies to reduce estate tax liability. We’ll walk you through the major types of charitable and non-charitable gifts that you might want to consider, as this year draws to an end.

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