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Lees & Lees FAQ

Do I need an attorney to handle my legal issue?

If you stand to lose a lot financially from a given situation, or if your freedom, family, career or property is at stake, discussing your situation with an experienced attorney allows you to methodically review all of your legal options regarding a broad range of life events to assist you with determining the best course of action.

How can I ensure that I receive the most cost effective services from an attorney?

Ask an attorney for a written agreement of fees for clarity on projected costs. When communicating with your lawyer either by phone, email or in person plan your questions in advance and limit conversation to the immediate legal matter at hand. Ask an attorney whether arbitration or mediation is possible to avoid more costly litigation proceedings. Inform you attorney of your budget and work around that figure or look for a competent lawyer who provides a payment plan.

Why is it important to have an estate plan?

Many people mistakenly believe that they “do not have enough assets for an estate plan” and think that all property will be immediately transferred to their children or immediate family. This is not the case. If proper arrangements are not made to distribute your assets after death, your estate goes into probate regardless of the size of your estate and your assets can fall into the wrong hands as well as being subject to much higher estate taxes.

How can a lawyer help me choose the best business form?

A qualified commercial law attorney will review a range of specific aspects including the most preferred tax options, day to day operations with regard to projected capital, liability management and partnership matters among other variables to help you determine the best form that corresponds to your needs and business objectives.

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