When estates are valued in the millions of dollars, good planning takes more than filling in the blanks on a stack of one-size-fits-all forms. Get a copy of my new guide that tells the kind of training and experience a good estate-planning attorney needs to do it well. The guide even has a checklist that people can use to compare the services offered by a variety of law offices.
Obviously, I hope people choose me for their estate planning. But I want them to choose me for the right reasons, and I want them to understand those reasons. It actually makes my job easier and more rewarding -- because it leads to better client relationships.
With that in mind, I've put out a Guide to Choosing Your Bay Area Estate Planning Attorney. You can find it here on my website at www.calprobate.com/choosing.
It's hard enough for most people to think about estate planning in the first place. They may not know the best way to make sure their goals are met, and they certainly don't know all the legal work involved in making sure their wishes are carried out when they are no longer around to supervise. That's the whole point of hiring an estate planning attorney!
But I want to be the navigation system, not the driver. I want them to be comfortable with their decisions, rather than having me tell them what they should want. Each client is unique. It takes the collaboration of my expertise and their goals.
When I sit down with prospective clients, I want them to understand that when estates are valued in the millions of dollars, good planning takes more than filling in the blanks on a stack of one-size-fits-all forms.
So get the guide. It explains what kind of work goes into a solid estate plan, and the kind of training and experience a good estate-planning attorney needs to do it well. The guide even has a checklist to use when comparing attorneys.
Here's something else you'll find in the guide: My fees. A lot of attorneys get very shy when it comes to discussing money. I don't see the point. I can't offer to do the job for everyone for the same flat fee, but the guide gives a range of what to expect for the typical kinds of estate planning services I perform.
Take a look at my guide and see how much better you understand what to look for when hiring an estate planning attorney. And please come back and comment to let me know what you think!