Q: Is it better to choose an estate lawyer who is located in or near the county where parent died?
...because they know how things work in that county, they know county staff if document issues arise, and their travel fees will be lower?
Do you mean to do the Probate, or to do the planning?
For Probate, then yes local will be best.
For estate planning, find someone you are comfortable with. Location won't matter.
Jackie Marie Howard agrees with this answer
A: Yes. It will be helpful to hire an attorney who routinely files probate matters in that county’s court and is familiar with the local rules for that county.
A: I disagree with my colleagues. For probate matters, the fee is statutory and therefore fixed by law. So, regardless of who you choose to represent you, the cost will be the same. For estate planning matters, experience is more important than a local presence, especially in the internet and COVID age, where everything can be handled remotely.
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