Now that you’re getting older, you’re starting to think about your future. You know that you’ll need to plan out your care as well as what will happen to your assets after you’re gone, and you’ve heard that a Washington elder law attorney can help you.
Before you hire an attorney, it’s crucial to ask them the right questions. Then, you can figure out whether or not they can properly serve you.
Here are some questions to ask.
What Services Do You Offer?
Typically, a Washington elder law attorney will assist you with estate planning, which involves tasks like creating a will and trust and naming a power of attorney, helping you with finding a long-term care facility based on your needs and budget, representing you if you are a victim of elder abuse, and helping you with naming a guardian or conservator.
How Does the Process Work?
You should find out if you’re going to be working one-on-one with the attorney or if an associate or staff member will be working with you. Also, ask about how the attorney plans to communicate with you (i.e. via email or phone) and how often, and see if it matches your communication needs.
What Do You Charge?
Your Washington elder law attorney is going to charge you an hourly rate based on the types of services you need. Some services, like creating a trust, are typically going to cost more. However, you have to weigh the benefits and look at how much time and money you could be saving in the long run. For instance, your family could avoid the lengthy and expensive probate process with a trust. Don’t just go with the cheapest attorney; find someone with experience who is also affordable.
Getting in Touch With Legacy Law Group
If you need help with elder law issues, you can contact the estate planning attorneys at Legacy Law Group in Eastern Washington, Spokane Valley, and Spokane itself. Get in touch with us at (509) 315-8087.