FAQsWelcome to the Living Trust Network's frequently-asked questions (FAQs) about the Legal Services Program.

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What is the Legal Services Program?
How are Participating Lawyers Selected?
Are Participating Lawyers employed by the Living Trust Network?
What if I have a complaint against a Participating Lawyer?
What if I have additional questions?

 

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Q:  What is the Legal Services Program?
A:  The Legal Services Program (LSP) is a program that is designed solely to provide our members and quests with access to competent and affordable legal services in the areas of estate planning, elder law, trusts & estates, and probate.

 

Q:  How are Participating Lawyers selected?
 
A:  In order to participate in the Legal Services Program, an lawyer must:
  1. be a member in good standing of his or her state bar;
  2. be engaged in the practice of law on a full-time basis;
  3. have at least three (3) years of experience as an estate planning lawyer;
  4. devote at least twenty percent (20%) of his or her legal practice to estate planning;
  5. maintain professional liability insurance;
  6. agree to provide an initial 30-minute consultation without charge; and,
  7. agree to provide a written fee agreement before starting any work on your behalf.

 

Q:   Are Participating Lawyers employed by the Living Trust Network?
 
A:  No, lawyers participating in the Legal Services Program are not employed by the Living Trust Network.  Instead, they are independent contractors, which means that the Living Trust Network cannot dictate what services are provided to you or how those services are provided.  In addition, the Living Trust Network cannot dictate how much a participating lawyer charges for his or her services.  Those are matters that are left entirely to each Participating lawyer.  Of course, you are always free to negotiate those matters directly with a Participating lawyer.  The Living Trust Network is not a party to any relationship between you and a Participating Lawyer.  Accordingly, no lawyer/client relationship is created between you and the Living Trust Network.
 

 

Q:   What if I have a complaint against a Participating Lawyer?

A:   If you have a complaint against a Participating Lawyer, you should contact us immediately.  You may also contact  us by regular mail at the following address:
 
Legal Services Program
Living Trust Network, LLC
45 Dry Bridge Road
Canton, CT 06019
 
We will handle your complaint as expeditiously as possible, and we will make every effort to reach a satisfactory resolution between you and your Participating Lawyer.
 
You should know, however, that the relationship created between you and your Participating Lawyer is legally protected under the law.  Since the Living Trust Network is not a party to the agreement between you and your  Participating Lawyer, we may be limited in our ability to help resolve your complaint.  For example, we can assist you regarding your Participating Lawyer's fees and his or her diligence in completing the services that are to be performed.  However, the law does not allow us to interfere in an lawyer's representation of a client or the manner in which the lawyer's services are provided.
 
In the majority of cases, however, a reasonable resolution can be reached, and we will certainly make the effort to do so on your behalf.  If we are unable to help you reach a reasonable resolution, then you have the right to file a grievance against the Participating Lawyer with the governing body of your local state bar, or to take other legal action.  That is your right, and we may advise that course of action if it is deemed appropriate under the circumstances.
 

 

Q:   What if I have additional questions?

A:  If you have any questions and/or comments that are not addressed in this FAQs page, please contact us.  We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
 
 

 

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