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Specialized legal know-how is a must for sound estate planning

Estate planning and administration is one legal sphere that certainly qualifies as a realm within which many complex considerations apply and special experience in a number of enumerated areas is of critical importance.

That might seem obvious to many people, but it is also understandable that lay persons often do not readily appreciate how important hard-earned skills and knowledge over relevant subject matter are to the outcome of an estate plan.

Put another way: The goals of an individual or family can be materially undermined by an attorney -- even the most well-intentioned lawyer -- lacking the requisite background and experience to put them into effect.

As stated by one attorney who recently contributed an article on the importance of getting the right lawyer for estate planning, the acumen and training of an attorney must be sufficient to handle this general goal of a person seeking assistance:

"I want to give what I have to whom I want when I want and the way I want, and if I can, I want to save taxes, fees and costs."

That is unquestionably a heavy load of concerns and expectations, and a goal that can be realized only through the close assistance and counseling of a proven estate planning attorney.

As referenced by the above-cited article, a truly qualified estate planning lawyer must necessarily command integrated skills and experience across myriad legal areas. Those centrally include elder law, probate, taxation, business and related matters. Moreover, they imply special knowledge of matters regarding Medicare, Medicaid, estate taxation and gifting, guardianships, health care considerations and a host of other things.

An experienced Texas estate planning attorney can answer questions and provide comprehensive representation across all estate administration concerns.

Source: Port Huron Times Herald, "Matt Wallace: How to select an estate planning lawyer," Matthew Wallace, Nov. 9, 2013

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