Hello, my name is Robin and I own a medium sized business which is based in a suburb of Perth, Australia. Many business owners do not understand the importance of commercial law on their operations. I know that I certainly didn't when I set out. At first, this wasn't an issue but as my business grew, I realised that if I didn't teach myself about the legal rules in place and seek expert help, I would find myself in serious trouble. I got in touch with a great law firm who helped me to understand exactly what I needed to know. I decided to start this blog to help other business owners.
You probably already know the importance of having a will. It protects your estate after you pass away and ensures that your property is distributed according to your specific wishes.
To ensure that your will is properly written and enacted, you need to work with a wills and estate lawyer who is not only qualified to act on your behalf, but is also aware of the specific needs and desires for your estate.
To make sure you select the best wills lawyer to work with, there are several important factors to keep in mind.
Consider the working relationship
When dealing with your estate, there could be sensitive information that you're not comfortable sharing with others. Most people would typically want to ensure that all their estate is listed in the will and how they would like it to be distributed. Therefore, it's important to be comfortable when sharing information with your wills lawyer.
The working relationship should be such that you're willing and prepared to divulge sensitive personal information and to trust the lawyer with this information. In addition, the lawyer should express a commitment to working with your best interests in mind.
Expertise and experience
When it comes to drafting and enacting wills, you need a lawyer who has both the expertise and experience to provide the appropriate legal guidance. The lawyer should be experienced in handling estates that are similar in size and value to yours.
They should also be prepared to pay attention to detail and to your specific wishes. A small mistake when writing a will can cause beneficiaries to miss out on property that you intended to allocate to them.
Working with a local wills lawyer is typically a more convenient option. The closer they are to you, the more easily accessible they will be. This will help in establishing a healthy working relationship and quickly addressing issues that may arise.
Cost of services
Cost is always a factor that is on people's minds when looking for a wills lawyer. While there is often a relation between the price and quality of services, make sure you're getting value for your money.
Take some time to consider several candidates and compare their pricing options to their services. In addition, consider how they charge their fees. An hourly rate structure can lead to a different cost than a flat fee structure.
Overall, if the wills lawyer is keen to pay attention to the needs of your estate, provide helpful legal advice, and keep your personal information safe, then you should be open to their pricing proposals (subject to negotiation).