The Atlanta, Georgia Attorneys at my firm are receiving more and more calls from persons interested in finding out whether they need a Georgia probate attorney to represent them in a Georgia probate ‘inheritance’ or ‘estate’ administration proceeding, dispute or litigation. Our Firm also receives an equal number of calls from executors or administrators of Georgia estates seeking experienced local Atlanta, Georgia, probate litigation lawyers to guide them through the trials and tribulations of being the executor or administrator of a Georgia estate. As an experienced Georgia probate lawyer, I have found that chances are if you think you need a Georgia probate lawyer, you almost certainly do.
The Atlanta probate litigation lawyers at our Firm meet weekly to discuss the status of the cases our Firm is handling, discuss strategies which are best for our clients, and to bounce ideas and other ways to further our clients’ best interests, we have also begun discussing and sharing ideas and methods in order to be the best Georgia probate lawyers for our clients. This process involves analyzing not only what our Firm’s Georgia probate dispute attorneys are doing in their cases, but also how opposing counsel are challenging and standing up for their clients against us. Since we found some common similarities between effective probate litigation attorneys, we decided to share them with you in your search for a qualified probate attorney.
Our analysis is as follows:
• Find Georgia probate attorneys who can handle the stress of a Georgia probate case. A strong lawyer can help you through this emotional struggle and take much of the stress off you. If you are seeking out Georgia probate litigation lawyers in order to find one to represent you, it is likely because a relative or someone close to you has died, you stand something to gain something from the person who has died (this person known under Georgia law as the “decedent”), or a combination of both of these factors. Usually these factors range from monetary or other gain to peace of mind that the loved one’s death is handled properly and peacefully. As such, this likely is a difficult process for you and emotionally draining. More often than not, there is relentless intra-family fighting and disharmony. Again, look for a lawyer can help you through this emotional struggle and take much of the stress off you.
• Find Georgia probate lawyers who are accessible to you, care about you and your case, and who you feel will your case for you by achieving your goals.
• Find Georgia probate attorneys who willingly give you their contact information, such as cell number, and other information. While you likely will not call this lawyer on his cell too often, this is a good indicator of how much dedication the lawyer has and how much he cares about providing exceptional service to you. Nevertheless, you know he or she will be available if you are in a bind.
• Find Georgia probate lawyers who can handle both transactional probate matters and probate litigation matters. Remember, a Georgia probate litigation case still has the transactional and administrative aspects to it. Moreover, these aspects are likely to be more convoluted and complicated. Thus, you need a probate lawyer that can handle any matters that come his or her way, whether they are transactional or litigation based. In addition, a lawyer who knows both transactional probate matters as well as probate litigation matters almost assuredly will have the upper hand over opposing counsel.
• Find the Georgia probate lawyers who regularly handle probate, trusts and estate cases, but also know about other areas of the law, such as real estate, business and taxation. Georgia probate estate matters likely consist of most of the decedent holdings and they likely will involve a host of legal areas. In contrast, some of the decedent’s holdings may pass “outside” of the decedent’s estate and the extra knowledge that your Atlanta, Georgia probate lawyers may have, will serve you well.
• Find the Georgia probate attorneys and look into their biographical information. Do they appear to have expertise in the area of probate, trusts and estates, or estate planning?
• Search the web under the lawyers name using search engines. Perform searches both under the Georgia probate lawyers name as well as under the name of his or her law firm. Can you find any articles, a certain presence, or other information about the probate lawyer, which give you a level of comfort? Think about what opposing counsel will see when he knows this lawyer is representing you. While not intended, sometimes opposing counsel or other lawyers will be intimidated. This “intimidation” effect can go a long way toward resolving your case.
• Find the Georgia probate attorneys with at least a few years of experience. Young experienced energetic lawyers seem to do the best job. Decades of experience does not make a lawyer a good lawyer, it makes him or her an old lawyer.
• Ask to be provided with a copy of the lawyer or law firm’s retainer agreement and have it explained to you before decide to retain the lawyer or the law firm.
• Find Georgia probate attorneys who stay full of activity. Do not look over a lawyer because he is busy. Remember, he or she is probably busy because they are in demand. This likely means they are good at what they do. If they do not have time to meet with you right away, this is actually a good sign. In similar fashion, you should not expect to be able to discuss your matter on the telephone with the lawyer right away. Good lawyers are busy, so they may not be able to spend as much time as they would like with prospective clients.
• Find Georgia probate attorneys who have experienced staff and can delegate a lot of responsibility. The staff should be knowledgeable and you should assess the way the lawyer’s staff treats you since they are a reflection of how the lawyer practices law. You should expect to be treated courteously and professionally both by the staff and by the lawyer.
• Find Georgia probate attorneys who charge a fee for a consultation. Yes, I said find the lawyers who will expect you to pay for their services. Any lawyer who will meet with you free likely has a lot of free time on their hands to “chase” potential clients.
• Find Georgia probate lawyers who will tell you what the fee would be prior to the making an appointment. If not, you should ask what the fee for the first meeting would be and about the fee structure in general.
• Find Georgia probate lawyers who you feel good about and go with your ‘gut’ instincts. Use your common sense to determine which lawyer is right for you. You want to choose the best lawyer who you think will do the best job for you.
If you are concerned about the financial management of an estate to which you are an heir or beneficiary or you are an executor or administrator trying to comply with your fiduciary duties, you have options and rights under Georgia probate law. The Libby Law Firm represent heirs, beneficiaries, executors, administrators, estates, and personal representatives in all stages of probate cases. Our Firm has exceptional and experienced Atlanta Probate attorneys and staff. Legal knowledge, experience, and care are some of the most important additions a team of dedicated Georgia probate lawyers can bring to you and your case in order to achieve your goals.
If you are considering hiring a Georgia probate lawyer, please call Our Buckhead Office (404) 467-8611 to discuss your options, or send us a message through our confidential Contact Us form. The Libby Law Firm is conveniently located near the intersection of Roswell and Piedmont Road in the heart of Buckhead. Our main office is approximately one mile from the Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza malls.
The Libby Law Firm represents clients throughout Atlanta, GA metro area, Alpharetta, Fairburn, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Decatur, Lithonia, Druid Hills, Dunwoody, Tucker, Marietta, Smyrna, Vinings, Duluth, Acworth, Fayetteville, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Morrow, Riverdale, Canton, Milton, John’s Creek and other cities throughout North Georgia. We represents clients throughout the Georgia and in numerous County Probate Courts: Atlanta, GA (Fulton County Probate Court); Decatur, GA (DeKalb County Probate Court); Marietta, GA (Cobb County Probate Court); Lawrenceville, GA (Gwinnett County Probate Court); Fayetteville, GA (Fayette County Probate Court); and the cities in these GA Counties and their respective GA County Probate Court.