Fees and CostsMost of my estate planning services are performed on a flat fee basis. I prefer utilizing flat fees as opposed to hourly charges for two reasons: One; most of my clients prefer to know the exact amount of costs that they will incur; and second, it encourages my clients to contact me with questions without being concerned about being charged for each phone call or consultation. However, I am happy to perform any services on an hourly basis if that is what the client prefers.
The following is a list of common estate planning services and their flat fee. You will notice some of the services show a fee range, which is necessary because certain variables will dictate the actual fee. However, once I have met with you and discussed your estate I will be able to provide you with the applicable flat fee.
The exception to the flat fee is advanced tax planning, probate and fiduciary tax return engagements. These types of legal services are particularly fact specific and the amount actual time necessary is dependent upon numerous factors.
Before I commence any work on an hourly project I will provide you with an estimate of fees. If a change in circumstances indicates that higher fees will be incurred then I will contact you promptly and obtain your approval.
A final comment on attorney fees: you should never forget that you are the client and that the attorney is serving you, and as a result you have the right to ask questions about fees and have those questions answered. I welcome any questions concerning my fees. In my experience open communication between the attorney and client can only result in greater satisfaction to both parties.