LawInfo has expanded its free online national directory to include qualified estate planning lawyers. These attorneys are a part of LawInfo’s signature service, the Lead Counsel Program, which provides pre-qualified, pre-screened attorneys, including probate attorneys and living trust attorneys, through a simple, 2-click accessible attorney directory. The Lead Counsel Program has resulted in the enhanced screening of attorneys’ credentials and has become a symbol of quality assurance for consumers searching for legal representation.
Estate planning is more than simply drafting a will. Good estate planning also minimizes potential taxes and fees and sets up contingency plans to make sure your wishes regarding health care treatment are followed. A good estate plan also coordinates what will happen with your home, your investments, your business, your life insurance, your employee benefits (such as a 401K plan), and other property in the event you become disabled or in the event of your death.
It is easy to be lured by advertisements claiming you can save time and money by drafting your own will using do-it-yourself software or fill-in-the-blank will kits. It is unlikely, however, that these systems will generate a suitable will or trust that accomplishes all of your objectives. Only a qualified estate planning attorney, as found through LawInfo’s national attorney directory, can interpret the maze of laws bearing on property rights, taxes, living wills, probate and trusts.
On the other hand, you can save time and money by thoroughly preparing for a meeting with an estate planning attorney, such as organizing your information regarding your assets, liabilities and title arrangements. Upon meeting with an estate planning attorney, be sure to provide copies of important documents such as previous wills or trusts, powers-of-attorney, life insurance policies, employment benefits, and prenuptial agreements or divorce decrees. The advice and direction of your will and estate trust attorney will be essential to implementing an estate plan that both distributes your assets according to your wishes and meets your other personal objectives.
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