Our law clerk, Jenny, recently graduated from law school. One of her friends bought her a gift: it was a name plate that she could put on her desk. Instead of her name, it read “Trust me, I’m a Lawyer.” We hear that phrase all of the time in a cynical, joking manner, along with phrases like “necessary evil” and “I have no other choice.” Let’s face it, the world is full of lawyer jokes. But that phrase, “trust me, I’m a lawyer” stuck with me for the entire week.
- You paid a lot of money for your estate plan and need to have confidence that the plan will work the way you thought it would.
- You have grown your assets your entire life and have goals for them after your death but do not know how to set a plan in place to achieve those goals.
- You want your assets protected from creditors and nursing home costs.
- Your mom or dad are entering a nursing home and you are overwhelmed by phrases like “spend down” and “over resourced.”
- Sometimes you cannot do it alone.
When you go to visit an attorney, use your gut before your checkbook. You should feel welcomed and treated as a client, not a paycheck for the attorney. Estate planning and Elder law attorney’s should ease your burdens rather than create more of them. They should educate you and give you options not tell you that they are the one with the degree so let them do their job. (Yes, this has happened!) You should walk out of their office with an understanding of your situation and a possible plan of action, which will become more detailed once you hire the attorney.
When looking to hire an estate planning attorney get referrals from lots of sources: friends, family, financial advisors, and nursing home staff. Believe me, EVERYONE will have an opinion.
As a stay at home mom for 14 years living on one income, I understand the value of a dollar. Sometimes it’s hard not to put that price tag before all else. Look for fixed or flat fees for estate planning work rather than hourly rates.
The legal world can get complicated. So when you are trying to set up a plan for your estate or navigate the cloudy Medicaid world, hire an attorney who will take care of you as well as ease your burden.
“Trust me, I’m an Attorney,” is a phrase I proudly say and live up to.
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Tina Mann, Attorney at Law - Hunter Estate & Elder Law