Hiring an Elder Law Attorney Checklist

Directions: Use this checklist in finding the services of an elder law attorney.

Name of Attorney:

Date:

Address:

Phone Number:

Answer the questions below prior to contacting an attorney Answer
Who do you know that could recommend an elder law attorney?
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Have you collected all the documentation related to the issue?
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Do you have any evidence if there has been a violation of your rights?
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Who should go with you to the initial meeting with the attorney?
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Are there any trusted friends or colleagues who you should consult with about your issues or concern?
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Ask the following questions when interviewing an attorney Answer
Does the attorney practice in the area where you need help?
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If not, can he or she recommend another attorney?
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How long has the attorney practiced elder law?
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Is the attorney a member of the American Bar Association?
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Is the attorney a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys?
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What should I bring to the initial meeting?
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Who will the initial meeting be with? This attorney or another staff member?
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Who will handle your case?
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If a trial is necessary, does this attorney do trial work? How many trials and with what success?
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What are the charges for an initial consultation?
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What are the attorney?s rates? What are the rates for work completed by staff, paralegals or clerks?
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Does the attorney bill separately for out of pocket costs?
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How often does the attorney bill?
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Will a retainer be required for this case?
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Could you provide an estimate of what the total costs might be?
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Am I required to sign a contract?
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