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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Probate Lawyer

Dealing with probate law can, for some, be a complicated and stressful process. End of life decision-making is always a challenge, which is why choosing the right probate lawyer is so vital to the process. A good probate lawyer will help you navigate the legal landscape while making it as easy as possible for you to execute the articles of your will. Below are five tips to consider while you search for the probate lawyer that is right for you.

Field of Expertise:
Generally speaking, there are two types of probate lawyer. First, a transactional probate lawyer is an expert who handles the administrative duties associated with probate law. For many people, this all-purpose administrative lawyer should be all that they need. However, if you expect a probate to encounter lawsuits, a probate litigator may be a better option for you. A litigator is better prepared to represent you in the case of a lawsuit.

Living Documents:
When meeting with lawyers, it is important that both you and the lawyer understand that a will and testament is a living document. These documents need occasional maintenance to ensure that they are still valid and up-to-date with your latest wishes. Be sure to ask lawyers how they will stay on top of your documents to ensure that there are no paperwork problems down the road.

Ask for Referrals:
Some of the best tools in helping you choose a lawyer can be your friends and family. Find people who you trust and ask for their recommendations for lawyers who they have worked with in the past. This can help narrow your field of options. Also, when you are closer to choosing a lawyer, ask the firm if you can reach out to their previous, satisfied customers so that you might better understand the relationship between lawyer and client.

Breadth of Knowledge:
Every probate case is different and can require a different set of skills and base of knowledge. As you search for a lawyer, be sure to investigate a lawyer’s breadth of knowledge. Do you own a business or own property in multiple states? Be sure that your lawyer is well-versed in these complicated processes so that you know your estate is in the care of a knowledgeable professional.

The Personal Touch:
One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a lawyer is also one of the simplest to understand: find a lawyer with whom you can work. The probate process can be a challenging time in your life, so make sure that your probate lawyer is someone in whom you trust and can work with. Having a knowledge lawyer on your side who is also compassionate and understanding can make a world of difference during a trying probate experience.

Choosing the right lawyer for you is an important decision in the probate process and one that should not be taken lightly. Banks and Banks, attorneys at law, are committed to meeting your probate needs with confidence and care.


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