We're interviewing potential elder law attorneys to help us with legal & financial steps in qualifying parents for assistance with care. It took us back a little when one attorney sent us an estate planning checklist that included information such as SSN, DOB of parents & all children (biological, adopted, deceased), a detailed financial inventory of all assets with supporting data for each, safety deposit box & location, etc. Is this standard? Is it a good thing indicating that a lot of information will be reviewed & discussed at no charge? I do understand that help from an elder law attorney is vital & will come at a cost, hopefully reasonable. It's hard to discern whether this practice is designed to simply be helpful & establish a connection, or if it is not typical. We are pretty inexperienced & just need some reassurance on things that fall under typical expectations vs. those that should cause red flags.