As typical Americans go through our daily lives, we constantly face a variety of questions – paper or plastic, credit or debit, regular or decaf – some of which are much more complicated and significant than others. Fortunately, we also live in a time when answers can be easy to come by . . . if we know where to look.
The internet has created a virtually endless supply of question-and-answer opportunities encompassing an almost limitless range of topics. If we need to know a restaurant’s hours of operation, the latest sports scores, or the chemical formula for squirrel repellant, the information likely is available somewhere online.
On the other hand, that instant access to so much material has a downside. How do you know which sources are trustworthy? What if the answer you find is wrong, or if it dramatically differs from another website’s seemingly believable recommendation? It may be painfully cynical to acknowledge, but there are people out there who might want to sell you something that is not in your best interests. Naturally, you should always work with a professional, reputable partner, so it is vital to choose carefully.
Do your research to find the best choice
When considering the quality and reliability of anything you find online – especially something as important as legal advice—it is a wise idea to first learn more about the person or business in question. Social media tools such as Yelp, Glassdoor, and a number of comparable crowd-sourced forums enable you to read reviews from other consumers who have had dealings with the company. In the case of legal services, a smart and safe option is to work with an established, well-known firm, which already has a solid reputation in your community.
For example, Cordell Planning Partners frequently hosts complimentary elder law workshops specifically designed to educate interested consumers in fundamental estate planning concepts, all in an easy-to-understand format.
The casual workshop sessions cover a range of timely and important topics which are of particular interest to seniors, addressing critical estate planning and asset protection strategies such as wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, health care directives, Social Security, Power of Attorney documents, the probate process, and much more. The workshops include time for questions and answers with a Cordell Planning Partners attorney.
Planning for the inevitable future is extremely important, but you cannot choose the best course of action without understanding the processes and steps involved in estate planning.
Everybody needs an estate plan, regardless of how much you have earned and accumulated throughout your life. The simple fact is that you want your loved ones to receive your assets when you are gone. For many older adults, estate planning also includes arranging and managing long-term health care programs or settling financial choices you need to make while you are still healthy, such as establishing business succession procedures and naming insurance beneficiaries.
Other helpful resources
A Cordell Planning Partners workshop is a convenient and comfortable way to learn the essential basics of estate planning; another easy step is to access various resources at the firm’s website. On our resource page, you’ll find a comprehensive glossary of legal terms along with links to podcasts and other educational materials explaining processes involved in creating an estate plan and health care directives.
The qualified Elder Law attorneys at Cordell Planning Partners have a great deal of experience working with a variety of senior adults and their families. They carefully will advise you about any concerns you have. To ensure that your assets and loved ones will be taken care of in the manner you choose, look into estate planning options at your earliest opportunity.