Choosing to draft your estate plan is a major life event. Unfortunately, many people think that having a simple will drawn up, without the help of a lawyer is all that they need to do in order to protect their interests. The reality is that you may be leaving many things up to chance when it comes to the future of your estate if you attempt to “DIY” your estate plan. As a result, when working on your estate plan, you should set up a risk-free consultation with an estate planning lawyer. Similarly, when navigating the “ins and outs” of managing the estate of a loved one who has passed away, it is important to connect with an experienced probate lawyer. Failing to take this critically important step could cost you and/or your loved ones time, money, and stress unnecessarily.
Look for Someone With Experience
When looking for an estate planning and/or probate lawyer, you should look for one who has experience with cases similar to yours. Even if you aren’t sure about your strategy yet, you should try to find someone who deals with people of a similar income bracket and offers some of the services you are interested in. For example, if you know that you want to consider certain types of trusts, such as a special needs trust, you want to talk to someone who has experience in that area. Similarly, as an experienced probate lawyer, including those employed at Kaplan Law Practice, LLC can explain, you’ll want to work with a probate lawyer who specializes in the kind of estate administration and/or probate scenario you may be dealing with after the loss of a loved one. Some lawyers only handle straightforward cases, others only handle complex matters.
Find Someone You Can Trust
Lawyers understand that your estate plan is personal. This is not something that most people want to talk about and so you’ll want someone who makes you feel comfortable automatically. You should not be afraid to talk about your expectations or your concerns.
When it comes to your estate plan, you do not want to put the responsibility of safeguarding your interests in the wrong hands. To find out more about how an estate planning lawyer can guide you through the process, set up a risk-free consultation today with a local lawyer who specializes in estate planning and/or probate.