Before you even decide on hiring a wills and estate lawyer, you need to understand the various types of laws in your locality and who among the pool of lawyers available is able to handle your case. Wills and estate law is part of law specialization and some specific lawyers are conversant with it. Yes , I said specific because not all lawyers specialized in wills and estate related cases. Before you say well, this is my lawyer, you need to ask yourself the following very important questions so as to get the best wills and estate lawyer to help you out in your situation.
1.What will happen during the initial meeting with your office and how much will it cost?
When you begin plans about managing your bills or even getting your estates in order, the first thing you need to do is to call the lawyers’ offices who are responsible for meeting with you in respect to the issues you need to handle.
This is the beginning of a journey towards getting the right bill and estate lawyer for you, your family or even your business. In such a situation, you need to pay attention to the details of how your calls are being answered by the other party who in this case, is the lawyer’s office team. In this case, what you are trying to find is a lawyer who is there to answer all your questions promptly and within the shortest time possible when you agree to be his client. When you speak to someone over the phone relating to this matter, you should be in a position to ask them what will happen during the first meeting and whether there will be a charge incurred. This information will help you while making a comparison of the various lawyers within your vicinity.
The purpose of the first meeting with your lawyer is not only to know more about him, you should be in a position to look for an educational first meeting .You should make him provide you with specific guidance and information that will be beneficial to you and your family as a whole.
2.Does my Planning fee include a regular review of my legal documents?
What if changes need to be made later?
It goes without saying but I will say it anyway, often, families tend to put in place documents relating to law and think that all they have been looking for is already found .after sometimes, they come to realize that their legal documents are out of date and that they have been rendered useless by virtue of time. These failures are solely blamed on the inability to keep a close track record with the lawyer in charge so as to give them an updated advice and amendments if any, to the legal documents. Lawyers who do not set the right expectations to their clients are responsible and are to blame in such a situation and so to be on the safe side, you need to ask yourself this question and see if you will be able to get the right answers within the shortest time of meeting between you and your lawyer.
3.Do you make sure that my assets are titled in the right way and my business stays in compliance?
This is a very important question to ask as one can have a perfect business structure and the best legal plan erected for their family, but if the assets are not well structured and with no proper compliance, then one is up for trouble if he does not get a good wills and asset lawyer. So before you decide on whom to hire, you should first get a proper answer to the above question.
Your personal wills and assets lawyer stands in fiduciary relationship with you and for this reason, you should never sign another legal document again either by order of the same lawyer or a new one without having him/her confirm that it is the correct document that needs your attention and finally your sign and that it is in your best interest and that of the family. If the lawyer you are looking forward to signing does not meet this requirement, then I would rather you look for another lawyer who will.
This information was provided by Gold Coast Estate Law.