Christopher AP Fitts, Attorney Estate Planning

 

I am a solo practitioner. I do estate planning. I’ve handled criminal felony and misdemeanor cases, traffic cases, civil cases, dissolution of marriage cases, small claims cases, civil plaintiff cases, civil defendant cases, personal injury cases, auto accident cases, nursing house home, wage and hour, DUI, probate, real estate, real estate closings, but what I enjoy the most is ESTATE PLANNING.

Estate Planning may seem expensive, or for someone else, but the expense is small compared to the expenses and headaches of not having an estate plan and leaving it to the State to handle and dictate. Plus, there are other advantages to having an estate plan that benefit you without having to die first. Estate Planning is about control, and making sure you have control until you no longer need control.

The fee for a Simple Will starts at $150. However, there are additional documents everyone should have in their estate plan. Everyone needs an estate plan, otherwise the decision making defaults to the Courts.

The most common estate plan package includes: durable power-of-attorney, living will, healthcare power-of-attorney, pour-over will, and revocable living trust. For a single person with few assets the starting price is $450. For Estate Plans with one homestead single-family property the price is $650, this includes drafting and recording the new deed with the Clerk of Court.

I am available to my clients through text messaging, emails, and phone to make sure my clients feel comfortable with their plan, which means I’m accessible to answer and research my clients’ many questions and concerns. If I were to charge an hourly rate many of my clients would find an Estate Plan unaffordable. I usually spend a minimum of about 8-12 hours for a non-complex Estate Plan. Signing and arranging witnesses adds additional time. If there are documents to record with the Clerk of Court, that too is additional time.

I have office hours by appointment. My clients come from all corners of Florida, and for many meeting at my office is not practical, and nor is it often practical for local clients, which is why I rely on electronic communications. I also meet clients remotely at their home, office, or some other convenient location (i.e. Dunkin Donut’s, Panara Bread, etc.). My law practice is not limited to 9 to 5; to the best of my ability, I will work with you at times that fit your schedule.

Please remember that Estate Plans are very personal with unique concerns and situations, and as such please feel free to contact me to discuss pricing and expectations. I will work with you regardless of your location throughout the State of Florida.

If your budget is constrained I will work with you.

If you are pro se (doing it yourself for estate planning), I’m available for consultation at a rate of $35 per hour for the first initial hour (prepaid non-refundable), and then at a rate of $17 per half-hour (prepaid non-refundable).

Registered with State of Florida Unclaimed Property, Florida Treasure Hunt.