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.
Clearly settle what your problem is before you go looking for a lawyer. The first thing to do is think about whether you really need a lawyer or not. Cases involving criminal acts, divorce and other critical issues require the skills and expertise of a good attorney. Even if none of these apply to you, you may need expert legal advice if the matter involves a complex business transaction or large sums of money.
Ask everyone you know if they’ve used a lawyer for a legal situation such as yours, and who they might recommend. Don’t forget to collect references for the lawyers on your short list and check them out. Also conduct a background check and Google them to see what others say about their services.
Don’t assume that a specialist lawyer is more expensive than a general practitioner. While a specialist might indeed have a higher hourly rate, they might charge you for less overall hours. A specialist will not need to spend as much time learning and researching laws regarding a case that a general practitioner would.
Stay away from lawyers who promise you an easy victory in court. Very few cases are absolutely indisputable and a lawyer who seems overconfident might be lying to you. Do not hesitate to meet with different lawyers to ask for advice before you hire one and do some research on the reputation of these lawyers before you hire one.
Don’t hire the first attorney you come across, carefully check out their reputation and seek recommendations if possible. The Internet will help you do this, as will the bar association near you. This can save you a good deal of money, time and stress.
Your case might suffer if the workload of your lawyer is too heavy. Just come out and ask him or her if they can spend time on your case. Lawyers are generally honest about whether they have time to properly try your case.
Do not allow yourself to judge an attorney based on how good their advertisements are. The reality is that an attorney that is reputable doesn’t have to advertise to get new clients. Look into your attorney’s background and use what you find to help you make the decision about whether or not to hire them.
On the first meeting that you have with your lawyer, tell him that you want to have constant communication through phone calls, emails and face to face contact. This will show that you not only mean business but want to be informed constantly on what is going on with your case.
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.