How a freelance attorney can benefit your probate and estate practice

So it’s the holidays and you are officially swamped. Between now and New Year’s Eve you have five networking events to attend, four family gatherings in three different states, two probate hearings, and a paralegal who is on vacation under a palm tree. The solution? Contract with a freelance attorney to do everything from drafting estate documents to final accounting. As previous blog posters have pointed out, a freelance attorney could help share your work load during critical times. A freelance attorney who specializes in estate planning and probate can locate and notice interested persons while you’re at the in-laws being blessed with yet another ugly sweater and prepare the final accounting while you are spending that valued time with your family that made the trip in from out of town. If you would rather do your own hearing prep, a freelance attorney can draft those pesky ILITs, GRATs, or QTIPs at a negotiated hourly or per project rate. You may even be able to pass the cost of the freelance attorney to a client while improving your own bottom line. The best part of this arrangement with a freelance attorney is that you can efficiently utilize the finite amount of time available to you before the clock strikes midnight on 2013 and then return to your normal work schedule with just you and the paralegal once the time crunch is over. So if you need the extra hands—but don’t want to take on the long-term obligation of an associate or a partner—contact a freelance attorney to get those projects done on time. Whether you need to draft a will or prepare a fiduciary income tax return, a freelance attorney specializing in probate and estate is the way to maintain your holiday cheer, your practice, and your budget. Nicholas is an honors graduate of the University of St. Thomas...

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