It is important to your research before enlisting the guidance of an attorney, no matter what area of law you need help in. Recently, a Florida attorney was accused of misusing her influence and access as an attorney, leading to her having her license revoked. There is some reasonable debate as to whether the attorney in question actually violated any legal or ethical boundaries, but the story does illustrate just how important it is to vet an attorney before choosing to employ one’s services.
In the case of estate planning attorneys, dealing with a person’s estate means that the attorney has an enormous amount of access to every part of the life that person has built for themselves. Unscrupulous attorneys can abuse this power in any number of ways, bettering themselves at the expense of the their clients.
Ensuring that you are working with a competent and ethical estate planning attorney is increasingly crucial as you become older. The loss of mental capacity is a harsh reality for everyone as they age, and it is extremely important that your estate and legacy are in the hands of a capable and trustworthy attorney. The right attorney for you will represent your best interests and help guide your through complicated legal areas or act on your behalf, especially when you begin to lose mental capacity.
If you are unsure how to find a high-calibre attorney who can be trusted with your most valuable information and assets, you can start by consulting the Bar Association of the state where you live. It is also important to look for attorneys or firms with many years of individual or combined experience practicing law. An unscrupulous attorney will find it difficult to maintain a practice indefinitely if he or she does not well represent clients needs and protect their rights.
Source: The Gainesvilel Sun, “Attorney’s license revoked, criminal charges weighed,” Cindy Swirko, Jan. 21, 2017