31 Aug Counselor at Law Argentina
Counselor at Law Argentina
Interviewing the Lawyer
When you first sit down with a lawyer you’re thinking about hiring, make it clear upfront that you plan to talk to several lawyers before you hire one for the estate work. Then try to ask some questions before you get into the details of a probate court proceeding. A lawyer who has handled a lot of probates may assume that you’re on board and quickly start asking you for documents and information.
Here are some questions you may want to ask:
How many probate cases have you handled?
Do you charge by the hour, a flat rate, or some other way?
Do legal assistants in your office do some of the work, at a lower hourly rate?
If I want to handle some of the probate work myself, to keep fees down, are you willing to work with me?
Will you prepare final tax returns for the deceased person and the estate?
How long, approximately, will it take to go through probate?
About how much do you think it will cost?
If you’re taking on the job of executor, you may well want to hire a lawyer, either to answer a few questions or to handle a probate administration. This is an important choice, so it’s smart to talk to several candidates before you pick one. You’ll be consulting this lawyer on financial and legal matters, of course, but also on very personal ones. You want to find someone you’re comfortable with.
You do not have to use the attorney who drew up the deceased person’s will; the fact that the deceased person employed a particular lawyer doesn’t obligate you to hire the same person to represent the estate. If that lawyer still has the original signed will, he or she must turn it over to you, as executor.