Choosing the Right Attorney for Your Estate Planning

 

Look outside of your immediate area
If you are using a search engine such as Google, it is wise to search in a broader area rather than just someone local in your hometown.  By broadening your search area, you will have more attorneys to choose from and you can compare reviews. The more information you have the better you will be able to make an educated decision on which estate planning attorney may be best suited for you.

Referrals
Find out if any other family members or friends have used an estate planning attorney. Ask them about the service they received and how well they were taken care of. People you know are most likely to give you an honest opinion and recommendation.

Reviews
Online reviews are a great way to retrieve information about a particular attorney or tree service Long Island. You can find a host of information on sites such as Google reviews and yelp. Social media also has a wealth of information and feedback. People like sharing their experiences with friends and family. Simply search the name of the attorney you want to know more about within your social media platform of choice and it will populate a wide variety of posts and information about the estate attorney you are interested in.

Don’t rely on internet directories
Internet directory sites such as Findlaw are not the best avenues in finding an estate attorney. Many attorneys pay to have them listed on these types of sites. Directories are very similar to a yellow pages ad. You should look for sites that do not get paid to list attorneys such as Avvo or visit your state’s bar association web page. Go offline and call the Better Business Bureau as well to check if there have been any complaints. While not all reviews will be positive, take into consideration the ratio between the positive and negative reviews. If the negative seems to be more prevalent, then you know it’s time to move on to the next candidate.

Does the attorney specialize in estate planning?
If they seem to go way too far outside of the family and estate planning realm, they may just dabble in it from time to time. You want to make sure that the attorney you hire had been practicing estate planning law for quite some time and has many clients under their belt. Since laws change and new laws are passed quite often, you want to ensure that your estate planning attorney is on top of it.

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