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 around $3,000.
Q: What are your rates?
A: Our current rates are $350/hour for senior partners, $275/hour for associate attorneys, $125/hour for certified paralegals, and $100/hour for paralegal time.
Q: How long does it take to complete an estate plan?
A: It largely depends 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 usually schedule an appointment with our clients to finalize and sign final documents as soon as they are ready. 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?