Though there are many factors that you should consider when choosing an estate lawyer or trust attorney, the price for services is often a consideration. What should you expect in the way of fees? Though every attorney has different rates and a different fee schedule, here is a guide to what you can expect for estate lawyer and trust attorney fees:
A Flat Fee for an Estate Plan
Many estate lawyers charge a flat fee to create an estate plan. In this case, you can expect to pay one fee which covers the cost of the initial meeting, document preparation, document review and the signing meetings. Many clients prefer a flat fee for services, because they like knowing up front exactly how much they will pay.
The downside to the Client of a flat fee? If you are price shopping for a lawyer, the one with the lowest fee may not be your best choice. In many cases, you get what you pay for, and a higher fee may represent better service and a higher level of expertise and knowledge, giving you a better result. Do you really want the “bargain” estate plan, or is it worth a little more money to know that your final affairs are in well qualified hands?
Consider Fees and Other Factors When Choosing an Estate Lawyer
Price is important, but it is certainly not everything. Before choosing an estate lawyer, you should meet that person in an initial meeting or over the phone, to get a feel for his or her personality. You will want to make sure that your estate lawyer is someone that makes you feel comfortable. The creation of your estate plan is a very personal matter, and if you are not comfortable with your lawyer’s personality then it will not be a positive experience for you.
Your estate lawyer will be creating vital documents; the quality of which will have long lasting effects on your loved ones even after you are gone. Considering your lawyer’s level of professionalism that he or she brings to the creation of your estate plan should be an important factor. Hiring a qualified professional will give you peace of mind that your estate plan will be legally binding and your wishes will be carried out.
If you are looking for a lawyer who can meet all of your needs when it comes to price, personality and professionalism, then contact Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC at (704) 843-1446. All factors considered, your estate planning affairs will be in caring, qualified hands, at a fair and reasonable price.