Whether it is for drawing up a trust, will or purchasing real estate, nearly everyone calls upon the expertise of a lawyer at some point in his or her life. When doing so, a recent survey indicates that three-quarters of Americans rely on family and friends as their resource. When choosing a lawyer, a similar percentage (75%) of Americans indicate that trustworthiness is the most important criterion, while 53% put the greatest emphasis on the attorney’s years of professional experience. Forty-two percent choose a lawyer on the basis of cost. These are telling numbers in that they indicate the realization on the party of the public that the serious matter of legal rights requires serious consideration of equality.
Experience is an incredible teacher. It pains me to think back on lessons that I have learned. The practice area of wills and trusts is incredibly important and technical. The failure to use certain language in a will can allow theoretically omitted heirs, like the issue of deceased children, to come in for a cut of the estate. Rookie lawyers, or lawyers who do not concentrate their practice in the area of wills and trusts, are more likely than an experienced attorney to make a mistake.
The thing is, your will or trust cannot be modified and the mistake corrected if you are deceased or incapacitated. It is too late. The attorney that you select is one of the most important decisions you will make. Look for an experienced attorney who concentrates his practice in the area of estate planning, probate, wills, trusts, elder law, and the like.
If you need an experienced probate, will and trust attorney, contact Brent D. Coldiron, attorney at law, 1800 E. Memorial Road, Suite 106, Oklahoma City, OK 73131 or 2801 Parklawn Drive, Suite 503, Midwest City, OK 73110; telephone (405) 478-5655 and 737-2244. Brent has over 41 years experience handling a variety of legal matters, including probates, wills, trusts, business formation, elder law, Medicaid qualification for nursing home care, corporations, limited liability companies, and guardianships. Give Brent a call, he knows what to do!