Lawyer For Estate Planning
There are several critical questions to ask when you are looking for a lawyer for estate planning.
Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, a lawyer for estate planning in Northwest Arkansas.
Here are 3 questions to ask a lawyer for estate planning.
Question 1: Do you specialize in estate planning?
Other attorneys simply don’t have the knowledge, skill, judgment or experience to plan your estate properly.
Estate planning is a complex area of law, and requires skills that are not necessarily taught in law school, such as project management and insight. Only with life experience and professional experience can an attorney be a truly good estate planner. You should always be willing to ask an attorney about her plan. A good attorney will share the non-intimate details.
Question 2: Can I trust this attorney?
Nothing is more important in a lawyer/client relationship than having a lawyer you trust. And nothing is more important to most attorneys that they can be trusted by the clients they work for.
Question 3: Do you do all the work yourself?
If the attorney has an assistant create your estate plan, then why hire the attorney? You may as well hire the assistant (except that it is illegal in most states to practice law without a license…)
Note, it’s not uncommon for lawyers in solo practice to ask a funding coordinator to transfer property into your trust. Even so, funding is a fairly routine function and you are well protected as long as the lawyer supervises the process.
Secrets of Excellent Estate Planning
A Will alone will not protect you from Probate. Probate means your family could be in court for years fighting for what you left them. Wills and trusts serve different purposes. And, you need to know the difference.
I offer you expert guidance and honest advice, giving each issue the attention and sensitivity you deserve. I will give you all the information you need to make well informed decisions for you and your family.