If you have even taken a quick glance at your local phone book or done a search online, you are well aware of the fact that Portland estate planning attorneys are available in abundance. Compared with other attorney needs you will not find much variance in quality due to the fact that everything is written solidly in law, but it is still important to do your due diligence when making your selection.
The worst case scenario is that the lawyer that you chose did not use the proper language to ensure that your estate was handled as you wish, which can be a nightmare for those that you care about and leave behind.
Unfortunately, in this scenario it is impossible to find reviews from those that were once clients as they are now deceased. You will have to rely on the accounts of those that were named in an estate to determine if a lawyer was successful in creating a solid will. This of course can be extremely biased as family members can become quite emotional over what they felt should have been left to them and angered over what was left to others.
The most reliable sources would likely be found in those that you know. You can ask your friends and family what their experiences have been like. You want to find those that had a mostly positive experience and did not have to go to court to fight for what they felt the documents seemed to give them.
If they did go to court take note of that and whether or not they were able to win against the estate planner representing the interests of the deceased. If they were that means that either the planner was not representing their client properly or did not have an air tight legal document to enforce their wishes.
Once you have a list of attorneys that you wish to consider you will want to ask them what percentage of their documents had gone uncontested. This will give you an idea of what their success rates are. If they are not willing to provide this information you do not want to consider hiring them.
Portland estate planning attorneys are not hard to find. The trouble is determining their expertise in the field. Visit this website, or call into Saafeld Griggs Business Lawyers office located here. Do as much research as you can to ensure that your estate is as secure as possible so your wishes are adhered to after you pass.