On October 5, 2015

When you want to choose the right estate lawyer to help you put an effective estate plan in place, here’s what to look for, our Denver estate attorney explains.

When you want to choose the right estate lawyer to help you put an effective estate plan in place, here’s what to look for, our Denver estate attorney explains.

When you are ready to put an estate plan in place, one of the first steps to take can be finding the right lawyer to help you. With so many choices for legal professionals out there, however, knowing who you can rely on can be challenging.

To help you get on the right path and discern who may be better choices for estate planning assistance, below are some of the most important things to look for in lawyers who you may retain.

If, however, you do not have time to carefully screen a number of options for estate planning legal services, you can always count on a seasoned and trusted Denver estate attorney at JR Phillips & Associates, PC.

What to Look for When Choosing an Estate Attorney

  1. Extensive estate planning experience – It is going to be in your best interests to select an estate lawyer who has years (if not decades) of experience devising and administering estate plans. Such experience can provide invaluable insight when it comes to developing estate planning solutions that meet your needs and goals, as well as the specifics of your situation.
  2. A practice primarily focused on estate planning – Just because a lawyer has been developing estate plans for years does not necessarily mean that the professional is primarily focused on estate planning in his or her legal practice. In fact, many attorneys have split practices, offering various services, and estate planning may just be one of these services.

    Generally, you will want to retain a lawyer who is primarily dedicated to estate planning, as this can assure you that the professional is up-to-date with the latest laws that may impact you/your estate plan and that (s)he will not deprioritize your legal needs in favor of some other client/a different type of case.

  3. Positive reviews from former clients – See what former clients of a lawyer have written about him or her online. Going through these reviews can reveal what you may be able to expect in terms of personal service (or a lack thereof) when working with certain legal professionals.
  4. Dedication to developing the right solutions for you – Will an estate attorney work with you throughout the estate planning process, helping you figure out your best options and then put them in place? What about down the line – will the lawyer assist you in updating or revising your estate plan when necessary? Or are you going to be working with different legal assistants who don’t know you every time you need to revise your estate plan?

    While you may be able to glean this from reading online reviews, you can also find out more about an attorney’s level of dedication and ongoing professional service by asking for additional references and/or meeting with the professional for an initial consultation.

Contact a Denver Estate Attorney at JR Phillips & Associates, PC

For experienced help devising the best estate plan for you and your loved ones, contact an experienced Denver estate attorney at JR Phillips & Associates, PC by calling us at (303) 741-2400 or emailing us using the contact form at the top of this page.

From our offices in Denver, we serve clients throughout the southwest and southeast Metro Area, including (but not limited to) people in Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Castle Rock, Parker, Aurora, Greenwood Village and Englewood.

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