“Good leaders must first become good servants.” -Robert Greenleaf

As President and Founder of Totus Tuus Consulting, Frank Benischeck recently appeared on CBS, FOX and NBC morning shows. He also was featured in Forbes Magazine as a Top Financial Advisor. Frank’s unique ability to effectively help others with their personalized estate planning and retirement needs has ranked him in the top 1% of advisors nationwide.

Frank recently was the featured speaker at Harvard Business School, Business Expert Forum, with the World’s Most Interesting Man (Jonathan Goldsmith). Frank was a featured speaker at West Point’s Leaders Academy with Buzz Aldrin and Lt. General Russel Honoré. With over 30 years’ experience of innovative financial and estate planning, Frank has also helped develop and build small businesses. Frank Benischeck is a well-acclaimed professional speaker and recognized for training and coaching other advisors throughout the United States.

Frank has a Master’s degree from Loyola University. Frank has achieved membership in Ed Slott’s Master Elite IRA Advisor Group, and is a Certified Senior Advisor. His other honors include the National Congressional Committee’s National Leadership Award. Frank’s recently released new book, “Thought Leaders” has become a #1 best seller, and his book “Through My Father’s Eyes” has recently achieved #1 international best seller status.

Frank’s greatest joy comes from helping others grow in their Faith in Christ. With much conviction, in 1992, Frank founded Catholic College Fellowship, a campus ministry outreach program that serves college students in his local community, St. Augustine, FL.

Jacki Garra serves as the Vice President of Operations for Totus Tuus Consulting. Jacki has over 30 years of client service experience. Prior to joining TTC she worked as a Vice President for a regional banking firm, helping her clients with all aspects of achieving their financial goals. Among other things, Jacki has worked with the local Emergency Services Coalition to provide financial literacy training and volunteered in the local school system teaching children about the importance of savings. Jacki and her husband Mark have three children and enjoy traveling and fishing.
Karli Kroeger serves as our Client Services Coordinator for Totus Tuus Consulting. Karli recently moved to St. Augustine from Pennsylvania. She has worked in administrative support roles for both public and higher education. Karli moved to the area with her husband Joe. They have a son and a daughter, both in college. Her daughter is currently enrolled at Flagler College. It was Karli’s lifelong dream to live in St. Augustine and she is enjoying every day exploring the historic city.
John R. Crawford is a Board Certified Tax Lawyer under The Florida Bar’s Certification Program, and is a key business partner of Totus Tuus Consulting. John Counsels TTC Clients in estate and tax planning matters such as tax planning, trusts, wills, powers of attorney, health care directives, Medicaid and nursing home planning, irrevocable tax planning trusts, sheltering assets from claims and taxation, and business succession planning. His practice at Marks Gray Law Firm in Jacksonville, Florida also includes substantial probate matters as well as formation and reorganization of business entities (including corporations, limited liability matters and family limited partnerships) and preparation of contracts and buy/sell agreements. Mr. Crawford is a past Chairman of the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of St. Augustine. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mr. Crawford has been named one of Florida’s Super Lawyers® in 2006, 2007 and 2011. Only 5% of the lawyers in Florida earn the Super Lawyers honor. Mr. Crawford is admitted to practice in the United States Tax Court, the. U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, and All Florida and Georgia state courts. John holds a B.A. and a J.D., both from the University of Florida.
My role is to guide clients through a process that many find daunting and unfamiliar. Planning for death and disability often is ignored and, sadly in far too many situations, it is never done because people find the process mysterious and overwhelming. I view my job to identify a client’s concerns and journey with them through the process. Just as I would want to be guided and treated in unfamiliar situations, I make sure that my clients understand what is going on as they arrive at a plan that embodies their unique wishes and desires. As I have moved along the continuum of life and increasingly embraced the long view, I have come to appreciate the importance of legacy and family harmony. My clients are no different. I help clients implement their own personalized plan that reflects what is important to them. A good estate plan is so much more than deciding who gets what; it is a legacy planning tool where family values and traditions are handed down to the next generation. A well‐thought‐out estate plan promotes family harmony. It is most gratifying to see clients achieve peace of mind knowing their family is protected and their family story is preserved. Good estate planning is not a one‐size‐fits‐all proposition. No two families are alike. Each estate plan is customized to the client’s unique needs. Each client is given personal attention. Communication is clear and in plain English. Once I learn your specific goals and desires, I set out options and make recommendations that are simple and understandable. Phone calls are returned promptly and top‐quality planning documents are delivered on a timely basis. My staff and I treat clients with dignity and respect and strive to create a warm and memorable client experience. Once again, I simply treat my clients in the same manner I would want to be treated. Estate planning is not a one‐time transaction. Rather, it is a lifelong process that adapts as a client’s family dynamics change. I aspire to have my clients see me as their lifelong, trusted advisor, walking with them every step of the way.

Jennifer S. Akin is the Founder and Managing Attorney at J. Akin Law. She has 8 years of experience in law practice. Over the years, she has chosen to focus her practice entirely on helping clients with their Elder Law, Estate and Special Needs Planning. She is a member of the New York (2012) and Florida (2013) bars.

A leader in spirit and action, Jennifer takes on the toughest cases of the firm’s senior and special needs clients and dispenses advice and action plans that protect her clients’ interests in line with the state and federal laws. She herself and her associates in the firm help clients with Medicaid Planning, Veterans Planning, Estate Planning, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship, and Probate cases.

Jennifer believes helping elderly people is her calling. Prior to attending law school, Jennifer was a certified nursing aide at a nursing home in Ormond Beach, FL.  Through her time as a CNA she worked closely with her clients (patients) to make sure they were provided quality care while still maintaining their dignity and quality of life.  Jennifer truly loved this role and her time with these seniors.  It was during this time that Jennifer saw the devastating effects long term care could have on families’ finances, emotions, and wellbeing.  Therefore, planning for long term care has become such an important part of her practice.  Jennifer’s passion is to work with seniors and their loved ones by providing them the information to make important decisions about different types of long-term care.

Jennifer believes in a collaborative approach to helping her clients.  This means that her assistance does not end with just legal help.  She works closely with other senior providers to make sure all their needs are taken care from start to finish.  This is extremely important to Jennifer, as she knows navigating the world of estate planning, Veterans Planning, Medicaid planning and long-term care can be extremely confusing, frustrating, and exhausting to the point that families do not even know where to start.  Jennifer’s mission is to make sure every family feels that they have been taken care of, have peace of mind and have someone to lean on during these difficult times. 

In addition, Jennifer also spends time dedicating part of her practice to that of helping families plan for their special needs child’s future.  This is something very personal to her as she herself is a mother to a special needs child and knows all too well what it is like to not know where to start and where to find information. 

When Jennifer is not busy at the office, she spends quality time with her husband, Barry, and three kids, Alex, Bear, and Isla. She loves yoga, running, and travelling with her family.