With Vanilla, trust and estate attorneys can simplify the estate planning process, increase client satisfaction, and create efficiencies from intake to document execution.

Estate planning software for attorneys

Delight clients with clear, actionable advice

With Vanilla, trust and estate attorneys can simplify the estate planning process, increase client satisfaction, and create efficiencies from intake to document execution.

How Vanilla helps trust and estate attorneys

Simplify estate summaries

Quickly produce detailed estate plan visualizations from client documents with guided templates and workflows.

Automate flow charts

Replace PowerPoint and spreadsheets with software that creates estate tax estimates, asset distribution totals, and client reports, all in one place.

Strategize planning opportunities

Illustrate the potential impact of additional planning strategies and help clients prepare for the future.

Create efficiencies

Expedite client intake and standardize your offering with templates purpose built for estate planning.

Key features for attorneys and paralegals

Automatically create estate plan visualizations

Build dynamic visuals of estate plans that are fully integrated with financial and family data.
Leverage Vanilla’s AI engine to read and abstract key details from existing plans.

Quickly visualize a client’s entire estate

Attorneys can help clients understand their estate plan with simplified, dynamic visualizations. Drill deeper into the details including assets, provisions, beneficiaries, and fiduciaries.

Model estimated federal and state estate tax liability

Ensure your clients understand the impact of estate taxes on their plans. Get estimates of potential federal and state estate tax liability.

Model advanced planning strategies

Show multiple estate planning scenarios now and in the future to illustrate the impact of planning.

Expedite client intake

Set up a comprehensive client profile with Collaborative Onboarding and rapidly assess your client’s needs with the Estate Health Check.

Deliver custom branded reports for every client

Create a customizable report with your firm’s branding that details the entire estate plan.

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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.



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