We aren't allowed here to give specific names of referrals but I can give you names and explain, with my handy, short, and easy to read guide how to pick attorneys. My customers here say that they have found great lawyers from the information I have given them.
I know you don't want to think that your mom was taken advantage of, but as lawyers, we see this happening a lot to the elderly and we are trained to know what is elder abuse and what isn't. This is why it's a good idea to explore if there was elder abuse here. I can't say that it was, definitively, but it appears that it may have been. An elder lawyer can help you with that, as can some estate lawyers, so that's why I will give you both sets of lawyers.
Palm Beach County Wills and Estates lawyers:
Palm Beach County Elder law lawyers:
Here's my guide:
How to choose an attorney.
Here's what to look for and what to avoid.
Avoid: Any red mark next to an attorney's name, such as misconduct. That usually means the lawyer was either disbarred, censured, cited for misconduct, or suspended from the practice of law.
Ignore: Ratings, such as 6.5 or 10, which is the highest. A 6.5 attorney may be even better than a 10. It's difficult to say. The site has its own formula for rating attorneys and many attorneys get a 10 because they belong to bar associations and sometimes give lectures. That does not necessarily mean they're the best when it comes to going to court.
What to look for: See what the clients’ reviews state, especially in the field that you're interested in (i.e. wills, custody, guardianship, etc.). That is probably going to be the most important thing. Many people have not been rated, but if there are a bunch of them who are, go with the ones who have multiple ratings and that are outstanding.
I would also suggest you find someone who has been practicing at least 10 years, the more the better. The site will tell you how long they're practicing law. You don't want someone just a few years out of law school to take on your tough case.
Take a few names and make some phone calls. Ask for a free consultation -- see if you can get one. If you don't feel confident in the lawyer, find another one. That's why it's good to make a list of the ones you want, maybe 5-6 lawyers and you'll find one. It’s okay to walk out of a lawyer’s office and don’t sign anything if you’re not comfortable with the lawyer. You want an aggressive lawyer to help you and someone who will return phone calls.You can always fire a lawyer if you're not happy.
Please let me know if I answered all of your questions or if I missed anything. I want to make sure you are happy and satisfied with the answer. I go the extra mile to make sure my customers here have information about lawyers, and that the questions, no matter how many of them, are answered.