Choosing the Right Lawyer for You

1. Does he concentrate his practice in only a few (hopefully only ONE or TWO) areas? I.e. Does he specialize?

I only practice in the areas of Wills, Trusts and Estates and Business Law (and the closely related fields of Elder Law and Business Entities Formation – Corporations, Family Limited Partnerships, etc… and Deeds). I have to practice in all these areas in order to handle estates and small businesses.

2. Does he pay attention to you as you tell your situation or does he just say “He can handle it”?

If he says too quickly to “just trust him,” without listening to your situation, don’t trust him. He should listen to your individual situation and have full understanding of it before he begins working for you.

3. Is he interested in you?

Does he appear to care for you and your family? I do, and I will.

4. Does he return calls within a day or two?

I guarantee that I will return your calls. The #1 Complaint that clients tell the Virginia State Bar is that their attorney does not return calls.

5. Does he explain his fees in advance?

An absolute must.

6. Does he try and educate you on what you are doing?

I am not talking about all the details, but a client should understand what they are doing and why they are doing it.

7. Does he give you the documents in advance of signing them?

I always send your documents to you at your house for you to review in the privacy of your own home. This way you have the option to discuss them with your spouse children or trusted friends if you so choose.

8. Does he follow a checklist?

Although I have been doing this for many years, I still use a checklist (just as an experienced pilot on a plane does!) to ensure that all the bases are covered.

9. Trust your instincts!

It has gotten you this far, trust them.

Note: The information given on this website does not constitute legal or accounting advice or opinion, and should not be relied upon for any planning purposes. it is provided solely and exclusively for general, non-specific educational purposes and to advise the reader of the nature of the services offered individually by my law firm. Planning of this nature is necessarily very circumstance-specific and therefore it would be dangerous to apply the very general rules described herein to any singular fact-pattern. Prudence demands that you consult with an experienced professional licensed in Virginia before attempting any of the planning techniques described herein. Additionally, the information given is not meant to be a substitute for legal representation. It provides general legal information to help people understand their legal rights but is not a substitute for personal legal advice from an attorney. however, laws change and individual circumstances vary. – Billy J. Seabolt, Esq.