Owner/Founder Adam M. Weiler's estate planning practice focuses on helping families enhance their lives today and secure their futures tomorrow. I excel in guiding my clients through the often confusing maze of financial and legal decisions to create plans that ensure the well-being of their families and the accomplishment of cherished family goals. Whether you are married or single, with a traditional family or blended one, just starting out or looking back on a life well-lived, I will help you to craft a plan that achieves your goals for your loved ones today and for years to come.
I believe that proper estate planning can only be achieved through a foundation of trust, honesty, and friendship. True estate planning should protect and preserve not only your financial wealth, but your family wealth of spirit, morals, and values as well. In order to accomplish your family plan, you need a trusted advisor, or more importantly a trusted friend, to ask you the difficult or vulnerable questions that can cause you anxiety or give you pause. You need to know that you can trust the person across the table from you. We need to be friends before we can move forward. Since I will never ask you anything I wouldn't answer myself, here's my story...
I used to be an actor in New York City. I wasn't in anything you would have seen or remembered, nor did I have my name in lights, but it was my dream and I loved it. I made a difference in people's lives that would allow them to escape their troubles and worries, even if it was just for one brief moment. All it took was a smile, a laugh, or the slightest of chuckles and I knew that I made the world a better place.
Unfortunately, as dreams go, sometimes they turn into nightmares. On September 11, 2001, I was working my day job as a fine dining waiter on the 45th floor of 7 World Trade Center when two commercial airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers next door. I was one of the lucky ones that got out without a visible scratch on me, but I still carry scars.
Make no mistake, I was not by any stretch of the imagination a hero or light upon the hill for others. I was a scared and terrified little boy in a man's body. I ran. I tried to run to my girlfriend who worked across the WTC Plaza at another building, but a real hero stopped me. One of New York's Bravest, one of the first firemen on the scene grabbed my shirt and pulled me back like a rag doll and told me to get out of the Plaza and as far away as possible. So, I did. Cowardly and ashamed, I ran away from my girlfriend and didn't do anything to help anyone that day.
Sadly back in my Hoboken apartment, I waited for the phone to ring hoping and praying that my girlfriend would call. Hours went by and more hours went by, but unlike so many that day, I was lucky yet again, she called. She was covered in ash, debris, and traumatized, but alive. She was coming home. Tears ran down my face, but I was smiling from ear to ear. I knew in that moment that I had to pay it forward.
I needed to make a difference in people lives. I needed to make a substantive change for the better within each and every one I touched. With my skills as an actor, I thought being a lawyer would be something of a lateral move. The practice of law would provide me with an opportunity to help those in need immediately and I could still be the writer, director, and star of my own show in every courtroom I stepped into. It would be a dream come true.
Dreams, however, have a tendency of being confusing. I have practiced in small firms, big firms, and as in-house counsel, but I never came close to obtaining my dream. Reality always set in and the business of law became more important than anything else. Why I was doing what I was doing, who I was doing it for, and what was most important, my family, just faded away to the constant stress and pressure of the almighty billable hour.
Call me crazy or just a dreamer, but I believe an attorney should NOT be a "necessary evil" in society. Attorneys should be personal, make house calls, build relationships and make our communities a better place to live. Attorneys should be servant leaders who always have your back and the integrity to let you know when they need help too. Attorneys should strive not to be the best "hired gun" in your neighborhood, but your best neighbor and friend. They should enrich your lives while preserving your moral and spiritual values. And, after years of toil and service, when they have done the job right, your personal family attorney should be just that...family. That's why I started the Weiler Law Firm.
In case you were wondering, my girlfriend during 9/11 became my wife and we have two beautiful children together. I surround my office with pictures of them to never forget who I work for, why I do it, and what I love to do.
Now it's your turn. What's your story?
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Adam M. Weiler
A.S.U. COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2006
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, FL
B.F.A., Theatre Performance, 1999
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• Wealth Counsel, Member