Probate and Injury Lawyers: The Next Dynamic Duo?
Attorneys who practice probate law stand out from other practitioners because they intimately know their clients’ personal lives. The trust given to them by clients is incredibly unique, as it develops from a detailed knowledge of a client’s personal, financial and family affairs.
A detail mentioned in passing about an injury or illness might provide an opportunity for clients to take further legal action – and recover compensation – after the initial probate matter has been resolved. When the matter is outside their realm of expertise, probate lawyers who align with injury practitioners can continue to secure justice for their clients while also forging new bonds with compassionate injury lawyers.
Each lawyer wants to serve their clients in every way possible. Often-times, a client has a request that is not in the attorney’s practice area, but they are trusting a probate lawyer to guide them in the proper direction. Sometimes, the client may not even realize they have a legitimate injury claim to make.
By tapping into your network of direct contacts, probate attorneys can remove some of the guesswork for their client. Having their client meet with an attorney whose greatest specialties are in injury matters will ensure that the matter gets the attention it deserves. Further, when that introduction is done by way of a personal referral, the trust the client now has in their injury lawyer is enhanced; this is especially vital in a world which now operates largely on virtual, and not personal, connections.
A strong working relationship across specialties also assists injury lawyers. Clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries or tragedies often need guidance on what to do with the award or settlement funds once they have been collected.
Many clients have not had six- or seven-figure sums at their disposal and want to ensure it is transferred properly as they consider the long term and many also need to protect their eligibility to receive government benefits while still accepting a substantial compensation award. Others need legal assistance so they can obtain legal authority to deal with their injured family member’s outstanding financial or medical issues when their loved one’s injury is significant enough that their injured family member is unable to look after their own affairs.
These are all matters outside the specialty of an injury lawyer, and the client’s legal outcome is enhanced by a strong working relationship across legal specialties.
As a trusted professional, probate practitioners can help a client see their options by aligning with an injury lawyer. This largely-untapped dynamic can work to the benefit of the client, create and strengthen bonds among lawyers, and maintain the integrity of the profession.