James A. Bartholomew is a shareholder and attorney in the Firm’s Estate Planning & Administration of Estates & Trusts Group. Mr. Bartholomew’s practice includes estate planning and administration, wills, elder law, corporate and business law, real estate and municipal law. He has been a frequent lecturer to regional groups on the subjects of Wills and Estate Planning, Planned Charitable Giving, and Retirement Planning. Mr. Bartholomew serves as Co-Solicitor of the Lehigh Tax Collection Committee, and served as Solicitor of the Southern Lehigh School District from 1978 to 2013.
Consider the following:
Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
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