LAURA A. STOABS
The following are a few basic questions you should ask before you
choose an attorney:
1. What areas other than estate planning do you practice in? You
want someone who’s practice is primarily estate planning. A
person who does not regularly practice in this area will charge
more because of the research time involved and be more likely to
make a mistake or leave something out.
2. How many wills have you prepared?
3. How many trusts have you prepared? Be careful. If an attorney
tells you that you do not need a trust he/she may be hoping for
the probate fee from your estate. Ask him/her why they feel a will
is better suited for you.
4. How many of your clients have passed away? Have any of their
heirs had difficulty settling their estates? You want someone who
has been around long enough that they know their documents
5. May I have some professional references? Due to client
confidentiality reasons an attorney should not disclose actual client
names without permission, but he/she should be willing to give
personal and professional references.
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Additionally, you should call the Oklahoma Bar Association (405) 416-7000 and ask if the attorney has had
any complaints filed.
Check out from the library or purchase the easy to read book, The Living Trust, written by Henry Abts.
If you have questions on any of this, contact Laura A. Stoabs, Attorney at Law, for a consultation.
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