Job Desciption & Skills Required: Estate law attorneys help their clients determine the specific distribution of their estate. They also provide counsel for those seeking to establish a trust where assets are set aside for a future beneficiary. Drafting wills, trusts and other estate planning documents is a large part of their job. Estate law attorneys also advise about retirement plans, life insurance policies and charitable contributions. If a case goes to probate court, an estate law attorney would be involved in litigating the case.
In order to be most effective, estate law attorneys must have a thorough grasp of state and federal tax laws, trusts, wills, property and real estate. They collaborate with financial managers and insurance specialists. Therefore, good communication, teamwork and strong organization skills are critical. Financial knowledge, such as how to manage a balance sheet, will allow them to better assist their clients with prudent estate planning. An estate law attorney must stay up-to-date with the ever-changing tax laws that could affect the value of clients estates. Associated topics: attorney, client, criminal law, divorce, law firm, law practice, legal, legal service, litigation attorney, litigation defense firm
* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.