Craig R. Hersch is the go-to National Practice Development Expert for truly entrepreneurial & ambitious estate planning attorneys. He almost single-handedly created the innovative, trademarked processes The Family Estate & Legacy Program® and The Estate Settlement Program®, The Advanced Planning Expander™ and The Transitional Event Sequence™. These unique processes, designed to provide clients with comfort and clarity when navigating the complex legal, tax and financial concerns associated with planning and administering an estate, are innovative game-changers that can’t be compared with anything else out there.
Craig’s passion for the business of the practice of law led him and his law partner, Mike Hill, to create The Freedom Practice™. With the help of his Freedom Practice team, Hersch licenses these cutting-edge systems to the best attorneys in various communities to better serve their clients and make their practices rise above others in the quickly changing and highly competitive legal marketplace.
As a known expert, Craig is regularly published in Trust & Estates Magazine, writes a national column on their website and is a member of their Editorial Advisory Board on The Modern Practice.
Hersch is a longstanding Florida Bar Board Certified Wills, Trusts & Estates attorney, CPA, and has an entrepreneurial background as a founding shareholder and director of a private state-chartered trust company in Fort Myers, Florida.
As a law partner with Sheppard Law Firm, Craig has over 30 years of Estate Planning experience. He is the author of six books that have transformed the way he interacts with his clients, allowing him to have higher-level conversations and work as a partnership. He also has published The Estate Planner’s Guide to Practice Development which covers a variety of topics to help estate planners to improve their practices.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Hersch provides his expertise as a featured lecturer at continuing education programs sponsored by the Florida Bar, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, WealthCounsel, The Estate Planning Councils of Lee & Charlotte Counties and The National Business Institute.
Since 2005, Hersch participates in The Strategic Coach®, an international entrepreneurial coaching program based in Toronto and Chicago, creating business and marketing strategies he very successfully implements into his law practice. His uniquely varied background in law, accounting, tax and finance enables him to deliver high-energy, dynamic speeches that provide lawyers, CPAs and financial firms with valuable information to apply in their own practices.
He is married to wife Patti, and has three daughters, Gabrielle, Courtney and Madison of whom he is very proud.
Michael B. Hill is a partner at Sheppard Law Firm. Michael is a Florida Board Certified Will, Trusts & Estates attorney concentrating his practice in estate and wealth preservation and business succession planning.
Michael has extensive tax, legal and technology skills, enabling him to create unique plans for meeting client’s individual and family needs.
Michael is a double graduate of the University of Florida, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1998, and his Juris Doctor, with honors, in 2001. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Lee County Bar Association.
Michael and his wife, Jamie, have four children, Connor, Chase, Lindsay and Caleb. In his free time, when there is any, Michael enjoys playing golf, working out, and watching most Gator sports. As an alumni of the Fightin’ Gator Marching Band, you may be able to spot him on Florida Field as a member of the Alumni Band, which marches at one home football game each year.
Maria L. Reimer is the Strategic Planning Coordinator for The Freedom Practice™ where she works closely with attorneys Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill to bring innovative solutions to the ever-changing legal marketplace. An integral asset to The Freedom Practice™ team, Maria mediates and processes complex situations to help invent advanced experience-based interactions that leave attorneys and clients alike with a sense of fulfillment and motivation.
Maria helps guide estate planning attorneys and their teams to implement and integrate The Freedom Practice™ front stage and back stage legal practice systems into their already-existing, thriving practices. Maria is passionate about team success solutions, providing legal assistants, attorneys, clerical staff and marketing teams with elevated ways of thinking to help them grow and develop internally.
Maria is a graduate of St. John’s University, Jamaica Estates New York where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. In addition, Maria is a participant of the Strategic Coach Program – Team Success where Maria collaborates with top team-management professionals to pioneer and game-change the realm of team success and strategy.
Maria is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters, Brittany and Catie. She is also quite fond of her dog, Bella, all of whom are endless sources of inspiration and energy. In her free time, Maria enjoys gardening, cooking, and long walks with her two daughters.