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What should I look for in an estate planning attorney?

While you can perform estate planning tasks on your own, having an attorney by your side is often the better choice. Failure to create a solid and legally binding estate plan, which includes things like wills and trusts, will leave your family reeling in the aftermath of your death. When looking for a good attorney to help in this matter, The Balance recommends the following advice. 

First, it helps to understand just what an estate planning attorney actually does. Along with drafting wills and helping you set up a trust, they can also provide guidance on tax planning issues. Estate taxes can be quite steep when you have a large number of assets, and when passing on these assets your beneficiaries may bear the brunt of tax concerns. An attorney can also help with things like health care directives, which allow another person to oversee medical matters if you're ever incapacitated. 

When in search of a lawyer, keep in mind that you'll need to disclose sensitive aspects of your life. In this case, you must feel comfortable with the person to ensure he or she has a full understanding of your estate planning needs. Next, the attorney should have past experience with estate planning law, especially if you have a complex situation, such as ownership of property outside of your state of residence. Finally, the attorney must be up-to-date on all pertinent estate planning laws in the location where you currently reside. 

Residents of Rhode Island in search of reliable advice when estate planning look to the legal team at The Law Offices of James T. Marasco. This firm has much experience in the area of estate planning and can help you make important decisions based on your specific needs. Visit them online today to schedule a free initial consultation. 

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