Fees are normally discussed during our consultation, and are always clearly set out in writing, whether based on a flat fee or hourly rate.
Determining the cost of handling your legal matter will depend on a number of factors including the nature of your legal problem, its complexity and our legal objective.
Flat rates for Wills begin at $1,500.
Flat rates for Trusts begin at $4,000.
Flat rates for Estate Trials begin at $25,000.
Flat rates for Estate Appeals begin at $40,000.
A 50% Retainer Is Required In All Cases.
Disbursements are billed and required to be paid monthly.
Wednesday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
By Appointment Only
As a litigator, there were many instances where I was retained to handle a court matter for a new client, and then ultimately assisted them with their Estate Planning or Probate matters. This lead to my current specialization in probate and estate law.
What made this a perfect transition for me was the fact that there is a human factor involved in an probate and estate law practice that requires a firm but caring approach.
Most situations are sensitive and the necessary discussions can be triggering. So you can imagine how difficult it is to deal with:
(1) the loss of a loved one while also bearing the burden of reviewing their assets and administering the estate;
(2) the heartbreak of dealing with the mental or physical deterioration of a loved one while having to marshal their assets and arrange for long term health care; or
(3) the anxiety of a medical emergency (or scare) creating the need to prepare a Will or trust.
While it seem's unbearable to talk "business" while going through any of these kinds of situations, you still need the assistance of an attorney to navigate the various legal options and/or requirements.
So there is a huge benefit in working with an Attorney who takes the necessary time to understand the details of your legal situation while maintaining respectful consideration of what you are going through.
Whether you are seeking a will, a trust or involved in a guardianship matter or the administration of an estate, the approach that I have developed ensures that you as a client are heard and understood, and that your rights and assets are properly protected.
This is the human factor that makes love the work that I do. It provides me the ability to be caring and supportive while providing outstanding legal services. An added bonus is that I'm more than capable of handling any estate litigation matters that arises in the course of representation.
I encourage my clients to educate themselves regarding the legal issues that concern their assets, goals and families.
The law permeates every inch of their existence as property owners, investors as well as family members seeking to pass on a legacy.
I invite clients to seek my expertise as a legal professional, just as I seek medical expertise from my own physician (and I actually attend medical visits with a list of questions).
Educating themselves in the law only leads to a more productive attorney-client relationship.
Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the various ethical restrictions attorneys are bound to govern themselves by.
After an initial consultation, I would prefer to enter into an attorney-client relationship first, and then assist the client to the best of my legal and ethical abilities.
If an attorney-client relationship were not possible, then I would refer that person to one of the many legal volunteer programs for pro se litigants.
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