Fees

Why Many Estate Planning Lawyers Don’t Quote Fees Before Meeting You

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So you finally get the gumption to call an estate planning lawyer.  You’ve done your research, asked friends for referrals, and then you make contact with the lawyer.  But when you ask what the lawyer charges, he or she won’t give you a straight answer. This is frustrating.  Is the lawyer trying to hide something? …

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Estate Planning Law as a Career: 5 Barriers to Success

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On occasion, I receive an email or a phone call from a new attorney asking me about estate planning as a career.  I think it is a wonderful focus for a practice – you can really make a positive impact on a family, you are helping others face issues they otherwise would avoid, and your…

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What’s Missing From This Trust? Not Knowing Could Cost You Thousands

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There are plenty of articles, books, blog posts, etc. that explain the benefits of hiring a lawyer to do your estate plan, rather than doing it yourself.  Similar articles, books, blog posts, and et ceteras also recommend that you hire a lawyer instead of using an online company. On the other hand, fewer resources explain…

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It’s Time for Estate Planning Maintenance Plans: Here’s Why

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Today, I’d like to revisit the idea of estate-planning maintenance plans.  There is a new trend developing in which people can not only receive the requisite documents from their estate planning attorney, but can also pay an annual fee to have the attorney provide necessary updates and guidance as your life, your circumstances and even…

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Estate Planning Fees: The 6 Levels of Service

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The distinguished blogger Hani Sarji, in his excellent forbes.com blog “Estate of Confusion”, has recently posted twice about estate planning fees.  Here, I continue the discussion by describing what I see as the six available levels of service for estate planning.  Be sure to pay close attention to the pros and cons for each as…

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Drive-Thrus & Attorney Fees

In developing this blog, I have received valuable training and coaching from the good folks over at “Start Blogging Today”.  One of the things they emphasize is that the blogger should try to maintain specialization in the blog’s topic rather than an “include the kitchen sink” approach.  I have taken this advice as a challenge…

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