Selecting an Attorney to help you craft your estate plan may seem quite challenging. However, with the help of a proper plan, the process can be simpler than you may think.
Steps to follow in order to simplify the process of searching for an Attorney
Search for the ideal candidates
You may start by identifying what you need to accomplish your estate plan. This information will help you determine the type of Attorney required. There are people who may need a generalist who can help draft a will, powers of attorney, and basic trusts. While some may require attorneys with certain specializations.
You can begin to build a list of potential candidates, once you know the kind of attorney you need. As you have a working list of candidates and referrals, you may look into each attorney’s background, check their websites for information about experience, and specializations. You may also look check their social media sites.
You must interview your prospects
After you have narrowed your list down to your top few good candidates, it is better to confirm their state bar registration status, and then interview them. You can prepare a list of questions that you would like to ask prospective attorneys regarding their practice, education etc. You need to trust your instincts and find a lawyer you are comfortable with.
Analyse each Attorney’s fees
Price is a key consideration in selecting an Attorney. Keep in mind how much you can pay and go for a lawyer whose fees you can afford. Some Attorneys offer a free consultation, while others don’t. Some offer a free consultation for a set amount of time only.
Certain Lawyers might charge a flat fee, however, others may charge bill by the hour. Flat fees usually include everything that it takes to prepare the estate planning documents. Individual rates may differ by jurisdictions and states, as well as other factors.