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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?