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How to Find and Evaluate a Trust and Estate Planning Lawyer in NJ

Finding and evaluating an estate planning attorney can seem a bit overwhelming. Not only are there many qualified estate planning attorneys to choose from, but you are entrusting them with an extremely important task. Follow these steps to successfully find an estate planning lawyer in New Jersey.

  • Ask people for a referral: Talk to friends, family and coworkers to get the name of estate planning attorneys they have worked with. Many attorneys in this field get work through word of mouth, and a positive recommendation speaks volumes about an attorney’s capability. If you are having trouble finding an attorney to work with in Hackensack, consider expanding your search to all Bergen County estate planning lawyers. Many are happy to travel to your home or business for a meeting.
  • Talk to your financial advisor: There is no better person to ask about a quality estate planning attorney than your financial advisor. Usually, estate planning is part of their overarching goals for a client and it is likely they can recommend several estate attorneys. Better yet, they can tell you who did their estate planning.
  • Talk to your accountant: Estate law overlaps with trust and tax issues and therefore, estate attorneys often seek the assistance of accountants and vice versa. Talk to your accountant for a referral.
  • Talk to other attorneys: If you’ve worked with a lawyer in any field you can ask them for an estate attorney referral. Lawyers garner much of their business through recommendations and many are eager to offer up the name of a fellow law practitioner in lieu of future reciprocation. Again, if they can’t give you the name of an estate attorney, it is likely they have sought the services of one for their own estate and can give you their contact information.
  • Get in touch with your state/local bar association: Every state has their own bar association and some larger municipalities have localized ones. There’s a good chance a bar association has a list of members by area of practice and some may even have a referral service.
  • Hit the books and keep your ears open: A good number of lawyers, especially those in the early stages of their practice, have print advertisements in telephone directories and newspapers, as well as ads on the internet, radio and TV. Attorney advertising is regulated by states, so any you come across will have met the standards of a bar association. This means no con artists or inflated claims.

Contact Our Bergen County Estate Planning Attorneys

The Paton Law Firm, LLC will give your estate planning the attention to detail it deserves. Kimberly A. Paton is a qualified estate planning attorney and will be happy to help you in any and all stages of estate planning, from simple will preparation to complex million-dollar estate plans. Contact the firm via this quick contact form or call 201-546-5298 now to get started on this very important life task.


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