Before hiring an estate planning lawyer, understand the differences between them.
Many estate planning attorneys take a “one size fits all” approach with their clients; they do this so they can work with as many people as possible in a short period of time. The problem is that the client has an impersonal experience. But worse than that, this way of planning can lead to unintended results in the long run for the client’s family.
When lawyers do not take the time to listen and consider a family’s personal circumstances, it often happens that the family’s will and trust documents don’t end up reflecting what the family really wants to happen. And when lawyers provide no review or updating, which, sadly, is typical, the plan quickly becomes outdated and does not work when the family needs it most.
So even though you may pay less up front to get a standard set of documents – or even documents that are customized for your family, your costs could ultimately be burdensome. Plus, you leave your family at risk of having to deal with an expensive, unnecessary court process during a time of tremendous grief.
Of course, if all you want is a set of legal documents, there are plenty of online resources you can use to create them.
We suspect, though, that you want to know your estate plan will actually work for you when you and your loved ones most need it to work; you want a plan in place that will make things easy for your family regardless of what the future brings. And if that’s the case, Pile Law Firm is absolutely your best option.
Here are some of the things that differentiate us from – and make us much more helpful than – most other estate planning law firms, especially those in Pennsylvania and New Jersey:
- All of our fees are fixed fees agreed-to in advance, so there are no surprises. At our initial meeting, you’ll choose the level of planning and the fee that works best for your family.
- Attorney E. Nego Pile and the Pile Law Firm team keep you informed always and make sure your plan still works as time goes on. We don’t just prepare a set of legal documents for you and send you on your way. Also, we see to it that your assets are owned in the right way, that the well-being of your kids is properly secured, and that everyone you’ve named in your plan knows what to do in the event of your death or incapacity.
- We review your plan at least every three years and seek to foster a lifetime, ongoing relationship with you. After all, things change: you change, your assets change, your family changes – and you can be sure the law will change.
- We have a whole team in place to answer your spur-of-the-moment questions and make the planning process both incredibly easy and painless for you and your family. Our process assures that your assets are titled in the right way, too, both now and over the course of your lifetime.
- We help you get your legal and financial house in order by guiding you to make smart decisions about things like buying insurance, saving for college, and planning for retirement. Our goal is to help you never spend more than necessary or get taken advantage of by unscrupulous sales people.
- We engage in Legacy Planning because we believe that planning is about much more than just the transfer of your financial wealth. With all of our plans, we include a process to help you transfer your most important personal wealth to your loved ones, including your intellectual, spiritual and human assets – who you are and what’s important to you.
Before you engage an estate planning lawyer to help you plan for the well‐being of your money, your family, and your life, there are questions you need to ask. You need to ensure that the estate plan you put in place will really work when your family needs it and won’t end up just a pile of worthless paper after you’re gone.
What you don’t want to do is let a set of legal documents become false security that keeps you from doing what’s best for your loved ones. We’ll help you plan the right way – the way no other estate planning attorney can do as well here in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. That, above all else, is why you should work with us. Contact Pile Law Firm and get started today.