When it comes to elder care and estate planning, the issues at hand can be both emotional and time sensitive. It is important when choosing an attorney to assist you with these cares that you select an attorney who is competent and compassionate, and who is experienced in meeting needs similar to your own specific situation. Below are just a few qualities to look for in the legal professional you choose.
First, be sure that they hold the proper credentials and are accredited to practice law in your state. This may seem like it should go without saying, but it is always wise to check the credentials beforehand so that you are certain. Also, it is important to realize that there are many specializations within the law, and even within certain types of law. Look at the specific work the attorney specializes in, and then see if they have a strong background of experience in working with clients who have similar situations as your own. A good lawyer has both the training necessary and the experience to back it up. If you have particular concerns regarding your needs, discuss them ahead of time so that you can be sure those needs can be met by your attorney.
Second, ask to have an individual, short consultation face-to-face. This type of interaction can allow you to acquaint the attorney with your particular needs and situation, as well as provide you with a chance to interact with the attorney and see if they are someone you feel comfortable working with. If you are going to hire someone to take care of the parceling out of your estate, or to discuss your long-term care, you want to be sure you have someone who is compassionate and who you can feel certain is working to the best of their ability to ensure your wishes are carried out. A good attorney should offer individual and personalized options to help meet your particular circumstances, and should be honest and upfront about any fees related to the carrying out of your chosen plan.
Finally, look for an attorney who has good reviews by others who have used them. Ask around, look for recommendations, and read up on their practice and any satisfaction ratings you can find. A good lawyer has nothing to hide, and other clients are often happy to share their positive experiences working with a good attorney. We hope that when you have done these things, you will find that Elder Law & Estate Planning Solutions of the Piedmont has just the type of experienced attorney you are looking for.
If you live in Concord, NC& need help planning for the welfare of your children or elder loved ones, turn to us at The Law Office of Marjorie J. Brown, PCElder Law & Estate Planning Solutions of the Piedmont
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