Key questions to ask your elder law attorney

As a client you should be well informed. A key to gathering information is to ask questions…ask, ask ask. Another key factor to having a successful meeting with an attorney is for you to be prepared. The questions below can be used as a checklist of some questions that I urge any potential client to ask their prospective elder law attorney.

  • How long have you (the elder law attorney) been in practice?
  • Does your practice emphasize a particular area of law?
  • How long have you been in this field?
  • What percentage of your practice is devoted to elder law?
  • Given the nature of my concern, what information should I bring with me to the initial consultation?
  • Do you have malpractice insurance?
  • Describe your experience in handling cases like mine.
  • Can you provide references from other clients?
  • Will you be working on my case, and, if so, will you be the only one working on it?
  • Based on your experience, what is the possibility of a positive outcome in my case? What problems do you anticipate arising in my case?
  • What would my responsibilities be in the case?
  • How will we communicate about my case?
  • Do you or any attorneys in your firm have personal conflicts that might influence the way you represent me in this case?
  • If you can’t handle my case, can you recommend someone who can?
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