Saturday, August 16, 2008

Finding an estate planning lawyer

I'm searching for an estate planning attorney. I recently stumbled on a blurb in Business Week about, which rates lawyers. So I decided to try the site out.

I started with the 'Find Lawyers By Location' links on the right side of the home page, and selected my city (the service isn't available for all cities). That gave me too broad a list, so I clicked on 'Browse lawyers by legal practice area', which took me to the 'Lawyer Search' page.

On the 'Lawyer Search' page, I clicked on the 'View All' link next to 'Browse by practice area', to give me the site's canonical list of all practice areas. Conveniently, 'Estate Planning' and 'Trusts' are in the list, so I did a search on 'Estate Planning' in my area. It returned 640 results. Only 3 of them were reviewed, so the search didn't help me narrow down my choices much.

The next thing I did was to look at the 'Answers and Advice' section of the site, and look at all the estate planning questions and answers. Some of the attorneys posted answers to estate planning questions, so I'll probably at least contact those attorneys that have posted in the forums. It looks like word of mouth is still going to be my best bet to finding an estate planning attorney, at least until gets more attorney reviews.

The site also provides some guides to estate planning.

1 comment:

  1. I'm a big fan of personal finance blogs and am adding yours to my rss reader. As the Legal Community Manager at Avvo, let me know what your feedback is after you contact some of the attorneys that have posted answers.