I understand that most people's objective is not to win their day in court, but to stay out of conflicts altogether. As soon as two parties step into a courtroom, they've both already lost something. That's why despite being an attorney, you'll never catch me in court.
I focus instead on four main areas:
• wills, trusts, and estate planning
• advising small businesses
• real estate transactions
• asset protection planning
In each of those areas, rather than play the role of a more traditional lawyer, I try to engage my clients in a collaborative effort to ensure their goals are met in the least burdensome way possible. Sometimes we're even able to have a little fun.
• I met with a couple and devised an estate plan to ensure that their assets would pass to their children upon their deaths with as little tax burden as possible. We also discussed setting up legal structures to make sure their children's inheritances would be protected, even if a child were to end up in a messy divorce or bankruptcy.
• I drafted a Will, Power of Attorney, and Living Will for a young, single person to make sure her loved ones were taken care of in the event of her death and that her wishes were respected in the event of her incapacity.
• I provided business start-up assistance to a client opening a landscaping business. I was able to form an LLC for the client, draft an operating agreement, get the new LLC registered with the IRS and State Division of Taxation, review some contracts for the client, and advise the client on how to structure business operations for the best tax effect. To date, the business has been very successful.
• I represented a client in purchasing a region-wide fire protection company. I negotiated the contract of sale with the seller's attorney, and made sure my client was protected from any liabilities created by the seller.
3153 Fire Road Suite 1A, Section 2
Egg Harbor Township NJ 08234
I offer a free initial consultation of up to one hour if you mention this profile.
I try to do as much of my work as possible on a flat fee basis so clients don't need to worry about racking up billable hours. Here are some examples of my flat fees:
1. I can form a single member LLC for you, obtain an EIN (tax ID number) from IRS, register the LLC with the New Jersey Division of Taxation, and provide you with a single member operating agreement. My flat fee in that matter would be $350 plus state filing fees if you mention that you saw this profile. You will probably find that fee to be less than most online services which do not provide you with an operating agreement and don't register you with the New Jersey Division of Taxation (which is different from obtaining the EIN from the IRS).
2. Initial meetings in my office to discuss estate plans (wills, trusts, etc.) are always free if you mention this profile. If after we meet you decide not to use my services, you owe me nothing. During out initial meeting, I will be able to outline your options, and based on the options you choose I will give you a set-in-stone flat fee figure that you can use to decide if you want to proceed. To give you some idea, full estate plans including a will, power of attorney, and living will start at $750 and vary from there depending on what options you select. The options you select are based on the size of your estate and the level of protection you want for your assets.
Those are just two examples. I have flat fees for dozens of other matters as well. If you give me a call at (609) 568-0109 and mention this profile, we can have a free consultation where we can discuss your estate planning or small business needs. If I can't give a flat fee on a certain matter, I will explain why and will give an estimate of what hourly fees on such a matter might be.
There is a good chance that on certain matters I won't be the absolute rock bottom cheapest attorney you will find. However, I hope that my particular expertise, my accessibility to my clients, and my predictable, no surprise flat fees will lead to a good attorney-client relationship with you.
Most work is done on a flat fee basis.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Later appointments available on request.
I hope you'll find all of my assistants and interns friendly and helpful.
I don't like litigation. By nature, I'm not an argumentative person. I would rather work collaboratively to achieve someone's goals than spend my time arguing with another attorney. That's why I've structured my entire practice around legal planning services that keep people out of the courtroom.
I am always glad to have an informed client. If you have some knowledge of legal issues, it usually makes it easier for me to explain the "legalese" of a situation. All I have to do is fill in the gaps in your knowledge.
I am willing to review client prepared documents. Usually this goes one of two ways. Sometimes, with a simpler document, I am able to just review and suggest changes (if any need to be made). In a more complex situation, usually I review your document to determine your goals, and then I draft a document that meets those goals. Even in more complex situations where I end up drafting the final document, your initial document is usually still useful because it distills down exactly what you are trying to do, and I can usually use some of your language.
Unfortunately, the ethics rules that apply to attorneys make it very difficult for me to simply "coach" someone who is representing themselves. It is easier instead for me to just represent you as your attorney in the matter. If you choose to let me represent you as your attorney, I try to be upfront about my fees so that you can feel comfortable letting me represent you without worrying about racking up a huge bill.
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