When choosing a lawyer, you want to find the right one for your situation. Here are some tips to help.
For basic needs such as simple will or trust, a reputable general practice lawyer typically can do a good job usually at a lower cost than a specialist. If you have more complex needs, then a lawyer specializing in estate planning may be best.
Personal recommendations are often the most satisfactory means of identifying candidates that will be a good match for your needs.
Other Sources may be the local or state bar association, or the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory available at your local library (or online at martindale.com).
You want a lawyer that you are comfortable with since you will be providing them with very personal information. For example, if you aren't comfortable asking questions or the answers you get aren't to your liking, keep looking.
Once you've chosen a lawyer, you should agree on the fee arrangement up front and in writing.
The FTC Fact Sheet Need a Lawyer? Judge for Yourself provides more details about these tips.
The AARP Legal Services Network provides access to attorneys that have reduced legal fees for AARP members and their spouses/partners.