Finding a Lawyer

Estate Planning and Optometry Are Quite Different … Or Are They?

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The very glasses that provided “insight”.  Enhanced image by Krysteena Marie Photography. So over the weekend, my glasses broke.  As displayed in the accompanying picture, the top half of the frames are made of metal while each lens is held in by a small elastic band. The glasses lost a battle with my knee and…

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Why Many Estate Planning Lawyers Don’t Quote Fees Before Meeting You

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So you finally get the gumption to call an estate planning lawyer.  You’ve done your research, asked friends for referrals, and then you make contact with the lawyer.  But when you ask what the lawyer charges, he or she won’t give you a straight answer. This is frustrating.  Is the lawyer trying to hide something? …

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Estate Planning Law as a Career: 5 Barriers to Success

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On occasion, I receive an email or a phone call from a new attorney asking me about estate planning as a career.  I think it is a wonderful focus for a practice – you can really make a positive impact on a family, you are helping others face issues they otherwise would avoid, and your…

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Latest Simpsons Episode Raises Concerns About Burns’ Estate Plan

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The first three minutes of the latest episode of The Simpsons, “Flaming Moe“, introduced a slew of interesting estate planning themes.  Spoiler alert: I reveal here these three minutes of the plot, which is then relegated to barely an afterthought for the remainder of the episode.  Read more...

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19 Prudent Uses of $1000 and Choosing Between Them

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I recently spotted an interesting question on Yahoo! Answers:  With an extra $1,000, should one hire an estate planning attorney or a financial planner?  This post will borrow from both disciplines to provide more specificity regarding many ways you can either begin to build or add to your solid financial foundation.  Read more...

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5 Simple Ways to Find Your Perfect Lawyer

So you have a legal problem.  How do you find the right lawyer?  As with just about anything, knowledge is your best ally.  Unfortunately, not everyone has great amounts of time to find an appropriate match. Here, we provide the following list as a shortcut.  Check out the advice and websites listed here, and you…

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6 Behaviors to Expect from Your Lawyer

I did what seems to be the unthinkable today for a newer law practice — I had to turn away business.  Instead of getting into any details, let’s discuss some of the most important ethical behaviors and duties that lawyers must take into account before and during representation.  Be sure to expect nothing less from…

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Drive-Thrus & Attorney Fees

In developing this blog, I have received valuable training and coaching from the good folks over at “Start Blogging Today”.  One of the things they emphasize is that the blogger should try to maintain specialization in the blog’s topic rather than an “include the kitchen sink” approach.  I have taken this advice as a challenge…

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