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For matters as personal as estate planning, estate and trust administration, and guardianships, selecting a law firm that meets your individual needs is essential. In order to best serve clients, attorneys must ask clients to share confidential information concerning themselves, their assets, their family and friends, and their goals during life as well as post-death. Sharing such personal information makes people feel uncomfortable and vulnerable. In light of this, it’s important to find the right attorney with whom you can build a trusting relationship. Here are three questions to consider when choosing your estate attorney:
#1: What area of law, level of experience, and reputation are you looking for?
Some lawyers focus their practice on certain areas of law while others engage in the general practice of law.
At Meier Law Firm, our primary practice area is elder law, which encompasses estate planning, estate administration, guardianships, long-term care planning, and eldercare bookkeeping. Our team also practices corporate law, which encompasses business formation, management, and succession planning, and employment discrimination. Our senior attorneys are highly-experienced in these areas, as is our support team. By focusing on these specific areas, we have the depth of knowledge and experience to enable us to listen intentionally and deeply and make appropriate inquiries to competently advise our clients.
We worked hard to build our reputation as dedicated, knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys, and we are committed to maintaining that reputation every day.
#2: Do you prefer a large law firm or a smaller, boutique firm?
Selecting a law firm is an important first step in your estate planning journey. There are many options and every firm offers a different experience and approach. As such, it’s important for you to consider what type of office would help you feel most comfortable and heard.
Obviously, larger firms have more attorneys, staff and resources than smaller firms. Larger firms may also provide one-stop shopping when looking for a full-service firm; however, you may not work with the same legal team throughout the duration of your engagement. This can be an obstacle to building a strong, trusting relationship.
Alternatively, smaller firms tend to be more personal, offering their legal team and support staff to become knowledgeable and aware of your unique situation.
As a boutique, woman-owned law firm, the team at Meier Law Firm takes the time necessary to get to know our clients and their unique set of circumstances, needs and goals. Our size allows us to operate in a manner that aligns with our mission and core values to empower people through life’s transitions. Our atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and we take a practical approach when offering advice. Importantly, we treat clients as we would one of our own loved ones because here, it’s not just business; it is personal.
#3: Is it important that the law firm you choose shares your values?
There are many knowledgeable attorneys who can provide legal advice. However, just because an attorney is knowledgeable does not mean that they are a good fit for you. It is imperative that you have a trusting, respectful relationship with your attorney so that you are comfortable sharing confidential information.
Before investing your valuable time researching the best law firm for your legal needs, consider your personality, requirements, goals, and the experience you desire. When dealing with personal matters that require deep vulnerability and trust, finding a law firm that exemplifies values that align with your own will establish a solid foundation for a successful attorney-client relationship.
At Meier Law Firm, the principle of “counsel without judgment” is a central pillar of our business, allowing our clients to feel comfortable, respected, and cared for — all of which allow a trusting relationship to flourish. Furthermore, our clients are at the heart of our core values, which is why we use the word ‘client’ to define how our firm conducts business and meets our clients’ needs. We are committed to providing counsel without judgment with Compassion, Loyalty, and Integrity to Empower in a No-nonsense and Trustworthy manner. By doing so, we are able to help people find the right solutions to difficult problems and we assist in turning nightmares into manageable challenges.
If you want to work with a boutique law firm, choosing Meier Law Firm makes sense.
- Trust is essential to have a successful, stress-free experience when working on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and guardianships. Our team helps to establish the trust to make you feel confident and empowered.
- Our boutique law firm will support the development of a transparent, honest and trusting relationship.
- All levels of the team will know who you are — you’ll be greeted at the door by friendly, familiar faces and work with legal professionals who know you and about your loved ones.
- The flexibility of a small team allows the services to be molded to fit your needs.
- Accessibility is a priority and you can easily get in touch with your attorney through direct channels, like email and phone.
- The legal services that so deeply involve your personal matters are delivered without judgment.
Meier Law Firm
- 10 Utica Ave, Latham, NY 12110
- 1473 Erie Blvd., 2nd Floor, Schenectady, NY 12305