Hiring an Estate Planning Attorney
Robinson Law PC Estate Planning Attorneys regularly handle estate planning issues for their clients such as:
- Charitable Trusts
- Living Trusts
- Irrevocable Trusts
- Advanced Medical Directives
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Land Trusts etc.
Lawyers practice in many different areas; some limit their practice to a small few areas. You should look for a lawyer that regularly handles estate planning and probate matters, but who also knows enough about other fields to properly advise you in subjects that are related to the estate plan or probate matter.
People are surprised to learn that almost all estates involve some form of tax issues, some involve exemption issues and or bankruptcy rules, and most involve dealing with a car, savings, checking account, furniture, house or vacant land. Most importantly a good estate planning attorney should consider elder law issues and how to best protect your assets should you need in home care or long term care assistance from medicaid or medicare.
Estate planning does not do any good if your house or car or savings must be depleted to pay back medicare or medicaid for unexpected treatment. Finally, it is important for anyone with a mortgaged house or a car with a lien to understand that you do have an estate even if it is a very small one. Your loved ones will have to deal with it if you are incapacitated or pass away. Robinson Law PC attorneys each have had experience in these multiple areas for the past 20 years, as well as the probate administration and estate planning processes.
Before hiring an attorney at random or based solely on what you may have heard from someone, do some research online, such as looking at a lawyer’s website. Read biographical information and any other statements such as testimonials. The Internet is a much more information dense source than old phone book yellow pages. Many include videos with questions and answers. This will give you a preview of not only what the lawyer’s legal expertise is, but a feeling for their personality and attitude. This can be very important since you will need to feel comfortable with your attorney as someone you can share very personal information with in a confident, trustworthy manner.
Then, contact an attorney to arrange a face to face exploratory consultation. Robinson Law PC offers a free half hour consultation for that purpose, at no risk to you. Usually at that stage you will have a pretty good idea about selecting that attorney or continuing the search, by repeating the process. With any attorney you inquire of, always ask to see a copy of the lawyer’s retainer agreement and have it explained to you before decide on retaining the lawyer or the lawyer’s law firm. You or the estate may end up paying a lot of money to the lawyer you hire, so take the opportunity up front to make sure you understand what services are provided and at what cost.
At Robinson Law PC we want you to be comfortable with the attorney you hire and we want you to choose the lawyer who you think will do the best job for you. Give us an opportunity to speak with you. We believe we can meet or exceed most, if not all, of your expectations.