Q: We have an older Trust which was written when our children were minors. We need to update and make some changes since the children are now in their 40s. We need recommendation for a trust attorney in our area, we are elderly and driving into the city is a problem for us. It is important to make changes in our trust before we are gone from this earth. Recommendations for a good and reasonable priced attorney in our area would be appreciated. --Gloria, Gold River, CA
A: Yes, you should definitely update your Trust to fit your current circumstances. If you are in need of a local estate planning attorney, there are several ways to find one. The State Bar of California provides links for legal assistance services at http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/MemberSearch/FindLegalHelp#searchlink. Additionally, you can search the State Bar's website for Certified Specialists in Estate Planning, and you can limit your search to a specific geographic area: http://members.calbar.ca.gov/search/ls_search.aspx.
Ask your friends, local family members, and other trusted advisors (such as your accountant, banker, financial advisor, or insurance professional) for personal recommendations to experienced estate planning lawyers they respect and trust. Other options for finding local attorneys include websites such as lawyers.com or avvo.com, which often include ratings and reviews for local attorneys.