In most areas of the law, you hire an attorney for a specific purpose. You know that once the purpose for which you hired the attorney is no longer present, your relationship with the attorney ends. For example, if you have an auto accident and hire an attorney to represent you, your relationship with the attorney ends when you case is over. Hiring an estate planning attorney is different.
Some people think that they hire an estate planing attorney, get the documents they need, and then they are done. However, it should not work that way. You do not know if you will pass away tomorrow or thirty years from now. Hopefully, it will be the latter. Between the time that you create an initial estate plan and the time that you pass away, the law is likely to change in ways that make important differences for your estate. For this reason you should view your relationship with your estate planning attorney as a life-long partnership.
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Ask your estate planning attorney if he or she has a newsletter that you can subscribe to and that will inform you when an important change in the law is made. Call your attorney from time to time and ask to have your plan reviewed. You will be glad that you did.
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