If you are in need of an attorney to prepare your estate plan or assist you with questions about your estate, it is a good idea to interview more than one attorney before retaining one. There can be vast differences between attorneys. If you had a bad experience with one lawyer, do not assume you cannot find an attorney you will like. One reason to request a free consultation is to meet prospective attorneys so you can decide if you feel comfortable with their qualifications, experience, fee arrangements, etc.
Free Estate Planning
The cost of hiring an attorney should never prevent anyone from having essential estate planning documents such as a last will and testament, a living will, a health care power of attorney, a guardianship letter, and a memorial preferences document. If you are concerned you cannot afford to pay a lawyer to make an estate plan, go to our free estate planning page for a list of resources you can use to put your affairs in order and plan your final arrangements. Although low cost and free options for making an estate plan should not be used by individuals and families with substantial assets or complex estate planning issues, they may be useful in situations where there is no other alternative.
How to Get a Free Consultation
If you are concerned about whether you can afford to hire a lawyer, contact the office of the lawyer you want to hire, and ask if they offer a free consultation. See free estate consultation. The legal market is very competitive these days. Many lawyers are happy to offer a free consultation so they can provide information about their services to potential clients.Getting a free consultation before you make an estate plan will allow you to become acquainted with the lawyer and determine if it is a good fit for the work you need done. A free consultation will also help you decide whether you can afford to have your estate planning documents prepared by a professional or whether you will have to use another option to complete your estate plan.For a list of free tips on what questions to ask an estate planning lawyer and how to obtain a written fee quote before agreeing to work with an attorney, review our list of steps to finding an attorney. To ensure you can clearly communicate your estate planning goals to an attorney, you will need to do some work on your own. This includes gathering your own financial paperwork, making lists of issues you want to discuss, and identifying key people in your estate plan. To make this process easier, you may want to complete an
Estate Planning Worksheet.Do not miss out on the opportunity to get a free consultation with a lawyer. Whether you are trying to decide whether you need a living trust as part of your estate plan, want to learn more about asset protection, have questions about who will inherit your estate under applicable state laws if you die without a will or are concerned about how to protect your parents from greedy siblings, contact an attorney and find out your options.Copyright 2020 Pennyborn.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Updated on January 15, 2020.
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