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.