Estate planning takes a very special kind of attorney, one who knows the financial markets and trends, as well as how they apply to your particular situation. Though it can be tempting to draw up your own plans and goals, you would be wise to have a legal consultant to guide you along the way. Read here about what to look for in a good estate attorney.
Tap into your social circle for lawyer recommendations. Talking with them should help you narrow down which lawyer you are interested in working with. This can relieve some of the stress involved and help you to make a wise choice.
It is hugely important that you know exactly what your lawyer plans to do for you. They should lay it out in writing, preferably, before you sign on the dotted line. If they get you to sign a legal document they have drafted without explaining it, run the other way.
Always make notes of sessions with your attorney. Keep records of when you met, how long it took and what issues were raised, as well as what fees have been accumulated thus far. This can help eliminate any problems that can arise later.
Keep a paper trail. Document all conversations and meetings with your lawyer. Take note of all questions asked, as well as their answers and record all arrangements and discussions of fees and charges. Lawyers are only human and make mistakes. Give yourself a layer of protection with excessive record keeping.
Avoid lawyers that use the term “slam dunk” in regards to any situation or case. Seasoned legal professionals know that the law is rarely a cut and dry matter. Otherwise, lawyers might not need to exist at all! You do want a confident attorney, but not an arrogant or ignorant one.
When meeting with a prospective attorney, ask him or her who you will primarily be talking to about your case. In some situations, lawyers give part of their caseload to a junior associate. If you feel you really connect with a certain attorney, suddenly finding out you will be working with another person may be quite upsetting. These feelings could be exacerbated if you don’t get along with the other person, too.
Want to save your money and time when first consulting with a lawyer? Then have paperwork or any other necessary materials gathered. When the lawyer knows all the details of your case, he or she can give you a better fee estimate. Efficiency is key to saving yourself some dough.
If you are looking to find a lawyer with a very specific sort of experience, it pays to do some fairly extensive research. For instance, if you need an attorney who specializes in appellate matters, spend some time looking at reported cases in which they represented one of the parties. By learning what sorts of cases a given lawyer tends to take and the type of results they get, you will be better able to decide if their talents suit your needs.
Now that you understand more about how estate planning works and how an attorney can help, you can move forward with a well-informed plan. Seek referrals, do your research and get your new attorney on board as soon as you can.It is never too late to plan your future.