Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Michael Sneeringer (Law Offices of Nelson & Nelson, P.A.) recently published an article entitled, Drafting Attorneys and Litigation Attorneys Need to Collaborate. Provided below is the introduction of the article.
Solo practitioners and smaller law firms practicing trusts and estates law often specialize in either the planning or litigation of estate plans. For some trusts and estates drafting attorneys (“drafting attorney”) the situation often is as follows: (i) take a client that poses problems and hope the case does not lead to litigation down the line (wherein the drafting attorney attempts litigation his or her self); or (ii) simply not take on the engagement at all and pass on the case to a trusts and estates litigator (“litigation attorney”), thereby hoping that the litigation attorney one day returns the favor with a referral. Instead, the drafting attorney should collaborate with the litigation attorney. This relationship is of mutual benefit to both attorneys.
This article provides eight scenarios where the drafting attorney can be of help to the litigation attorney and underscores why collaboration is absolutely necessary.