For a list of experienced estate planning attorneys practicing in your immediate area, contact the following nonprofit group:

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
3415 South Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 330 Los Angeles, CA 90034

We also recommend that you visit the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator Web site,, to identify attorneys who practice in your city or town. You can select from those who have identified themselves as specifically practicing in the areas of estate planning, trust administration, or elder law, for example.

Martindale-Hubbell also has a Web site for the general public,, that offers some practical information about selecting and meeting with an attorney and links to other Web sites you may find of interest.

You can also confer with trust officers in your community bank if you are considering naming the bank as your executor or trustee. These officers often work with attorneys in your area on a regular basis and may be able to provide insight as to which ones may best meet your needs.