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Elder Law Call First - Questions to Ask Once you have a list of one or more lawyers, call their offices and briefly explain your situation. You may not get to speak with the attorney, but you should still ask the following questions to possibly set up an appointment. • Does the lawyer have experience with your kind of problem and how long has s/he been practicing Elder Law? • Does the lawyer charges for an initial interview and, if so, how much? • If your problem is routine, does the attorney have a standard fee? What does it cover? • If your problem appears more complicated, ask about how fee work. Does the attorney charge by the hour or for what you need is there a standard flat fee? • Does the lawyer have a written document describing fees and services provided? Write down the information and compare the answers you receive to other Elder Law Attorneys. After you have reviewed your list, call back for an appointment to interview the attorney or attorneys whose answers satisfied you the most. Most of these “initial consultations” are free or provided at a nominal cost. Go to the first interview with an open mind. You don’t have to decide to employ the lawyer you are interviewing until you have had time to think about it. Consultation/Interview - Come Organized Be organized when you first meet with the lawyer. It is important to have with you a written summary and/or detailed notes outlining your problem. Have the names, addresses, phone numbers, documents, paperwork and all other pertinent information that you need so the lawyer can review them if needed at the time of your appointment. You may need to drop off the information in advance so that the lawyer can review them before your appointment. FINDING AN ATTORNEY Hiring An Attorney If you are not sure you need to hire an Elder Law Attorney, you need to ask yourself: “Do I have the legal knowledge and resources to resolve my legal issue by myself or do I need to hire an Elder Law Attorney?” If the answer is NO, then the following questions will help you in your search. You should first get a list of Elder Law Attorneys. If you have family or friends that can give you a list of references of attorney(s) they have had good experiences with then start there. If you need a list of Polk County Elder Attorneys, then go to our website at www.PolkElderCare.com. Wilson Law, P.L. Practice Areas: • Elder Law • Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts, Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Surrogate Designations & Living Wills • Medicaid Planning • Probate Administration • Trust Administration Natalie R. Wilson Attorney & Counselor at Law 206 Easton Drive, Suite 101 Lakeland, FL 33803 (863) 682-6828 wilsonlawpl.com • nwilson@wilsonlawpl.com 62 www.PolkElderCare.com


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