Making the right choice when finding an attorney is an important task. Do some research and find out which options are available in the area before making any commitments. Remember, this is the person who will be handling the ownership of one’s personal belongings so choose wisely.

Here are some tips to help narrow down who would be the best fit for the job:

Ask for recommendations: Getting a recommendation from someone who can be trusted is a great way to start searching. Friends, family members (not in the will) and other law professionals are helpful sources to get referrals from.

Schedule a consult: Having a consultation is beneficial in learning more about who an attorney is, their views and how they plan on helping you. Most attorneys will offer a phone consultation prior to meeting in person. In-person consults allow for clients to take note of the attorney’s personality and behavior and ask any questions about the practice.

Find someone who specializes in the area: Find an attorney who not only does estate planning but specializes in it. An attorney who practices exclusively in this area will be most knowledgeable and up-to-date on the current law and issues that could arise. The professional organizations that the attorney is part of can also say a lot about them, and their status on being current on the most recent law and planning techniques.

Ask for a disclosure of fees: When on the hunt for the right attorney, be sure to ask for an estimated fee range for their services. An attorney who gives a fixed fee without looking at the details of each case can be a sign that their services are not as personalized.

As noted, there is a lot of research to be done to find an attorney that fits your needs. Thornton Law Firm comes highly recommended in the Triangle and surrounding areas. We would love to be considered for your estate planning needs!