Estate planning is a meticulous process. Much like choosing a doctor, therapist, or surgeon, we have to be comfortable discussing difficult details with an attorney in order for them to be effective. You need the right guidance at the right time, all with the goal of providing you and your family peace of mind and protection.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go through the estate planning process on your own. An attorney is a professional who can help with the estate planning process. We’re the person by your side who can answer your questions and help you through the toughest times.
So what are the traits to look for in an estate planning attorney?
What is your attorney’s “bedside manner” like? Do they listen to you? Are they prompt and complete in responses? Are you comfortable with them? These are important questions to proceed effectively in an attorney-client relationship.
Does your attorney seem knowledgeable on the subject? No attorney knows everything about every topic, but are they candid and at least able to find the answers you require? The more knowledge your estate planning attorney has, the more confidence you’ll have in them. This also reduces the likelihood of an error that could cost you time and/or money in the future.
Although often overlooked in popular culture, this is– in my opinion– the core of what it means to be an attorney. My job is not only to be knowledgeable, it’s to have compassion. To care! As an attorney, we talk with people about the most difficult topics imaginable. Your estate planning attorney should be there with you during challenging circumstances, such as the passing of your spouse. Do you feel like your attorney cares about you? Do they care about your family? A compassionate attorney is one that will hear you out, provide emotional support, and give the guidance you need.
If you’re seeking an estate planning law firm with these traits, you’re in the right place. We’re here to provide you with everything you need to create and manage a comprehensive estate plan. Contact us online or give us a call at (512) 258-9455 to schedule a consultation with a friendly, knowledgeable, and compassionate attorney.