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?