Elder Law Checklist
Here are the questions you should ask when choosing an elder law attorney.
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Questions to ask before your first meeting
- How long have you been practicing law?
- What percentage of your time is devoted to elder law?
- What type of training have you had in elder law, and from which organizations?
- Are you a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys?
- Does your practice specialize in a particular area?
- Is there a fee for the initial consultation?
- What should I bring to our first meeting?
Questions to ask at your initial consultation
- What is your experience regarding my specific concern?
- What is your recommended course of action to resolve my concerns?
- Are there any alternative courses of action? What are the pros and cons of each?
- Will you handle my case personally?
- If a trial may be involved, do you do trial work? If so, how many trials have you handled?
- Can you work with my timeline?
- What is your fee and billing structure? How are fees computed, and how often do you bill? What about incidentals and a retainer?
- What is the estimated cost to resolve the issue?
- How long will it take to resolve the issue?
- Can I please see a copy of your retainer agreement?
- May I speak with some past or current clients as references?