Q: How much does an estate plan or trust or will cost? 

A: We bill by the hour for estate planning. Usually we can quote a range for a specific kind of project. A basic estate plan for an individual with a will and powers of attorney for health care and finance will generally end up costing about $1,500. A revocable living trust plan for a couple, with wills and powers of attorney, will cost between $2,500 and $3,500.  

Q: What are your rates?

A: Our current rates are $350/hour for senior partners, $275/hour for associate attorneys, $125/hour for paralegals.

Q: How long does it take to complete an estate plan?

A: It largely depends how long the client needs to review document drafts and complete their decision-making. The attorneys usually complete initial documents a week or two after the initial client meeting. We can often schedule an appointment with our clients to finalize and sign their final documents within a few days after they tell us they are ready to sign the final drafts. Sometimes people have to move quickly. In an emergency, we have been able to meet a client, draft documents, and prepare them for signing within a single day.

Q: I have known Jeanne a long time, and I think she's great. Is Arthur good too? What's his background?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you handle special needs trusts and Medi-Cal issues?

AA: You can take a look at Arthur's bio page for particulars. Arthur has been in Humboldt County since 2009 -- new in these parts. But he's been around the block: twenty-one years as an attorney, and experience working in both big and small firms. He's a liberal arts type who studied literature in college, but is very comfortable with abstract material like tax law and Medi-Cal regulations. His first job as a lawyer was as a junior associate on mortgage-backed securities deals, the stuff Michael Lewis wrote about in "Liar's Poker" and "The Big Short." He has a master's degree in business administration, which is fairly unusual for an attorney. He figured out enough about DIY web design to put this web site together. And he's starting to feel weird writing about himself in the third person, so he'll leave it at that for now. Give him a call and find out for yourself!  

A: Yes, we do quite a lot of work in both of those areas. These are complex areas of legal practice that depend a great deal on the client's particular situation and goals. We have handled the full range of issues in this practice, from preparing a simple third-party special needs trust for a disabled child's inheritance, to first-person SNT's designed to receive a Medi-Cal recipient's anticipated personal injury judgment without disqualifying them from SSI or Medi-Cal. We also do a lot of work with clients who need to do asset planning to qualify one spouse for Medi-Cal's long-term care program.