Career Day and Types of Attorneys

by | Sep 16, 2013 | Estate Planning

“There are two other attorneys here at the career fair. Do you know what the difference is between me and them? They have to wear suits!”

A few months ago I went to my nephew’s middle school for the career fair. I talked to 5 different groups of students about how I am the “other” kind of attorney. Most people, when they think of lawyers, think of the lawyers they see on TV — always in court suing people or defending criminals. I told the kids those attorneys are what we call litigation attorneys.

And I’m not that kind. I asked the students, “What other kinds of attorneys are there?” All I got were blank looks. But yes, there is another kind!

Some people call them “transactional” attorneys. These are the ones who deal with Wills, Trusts, estates, nursing home planning, contracts, real estate and business. This is the type of thing we do here at Edwards Group, so you won’t usually see me in a suit and tie. I don’t go to court very often.

And you know what? Good work by us “OTHER” attorneys means that a family is less likely to need a court-going attorney later on. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you have a thorough and knowledgable estate planning attorney now. It saves a lot of heartache and money later…