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 (does not include signing and witnesses). I believe everyone should have an Estate Plan, and as such my fees are competitive with do-it-yourself online prices; however, if you use my services you have access to an attorney. I will work with anyone within the State of Florida. [Please keep this in mind: I will work with you to draft the documents you need, but to keep costs down I ask my client’s to execute the documents on their own time. For me to maintain staff just for signing and witnessing is very expensive, and it is often impractical given my clients come from all over the state.]
There are additional documents everyone should have in their estate plan. The Basic Estate Plan ($225) includes: Simple Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Healthcare Power of Attorney, and Living Will. Everyone needs an estate plan, otherwise the decision making defaults to the Courts. Call, email, text, or use the contact form to get going on your Estate Plan.
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.
Schedule your Estate Planning appointment. You can call, text, or email. My Twitter account is https://twitter.com/CapFitts
My hourly rate is $275 per hour, but for estate planning I often find a flat fee is preferred and acceptable. Hourly rate for estate planning is $100 per hour.
I try to keep my cost low by doing most of the work myself, including communications with clients and drafting documents. There is no middle person between you and me.
However, one of the main factors that helps me keep costs low is the absence of employees, and that is one reason I do request that my client’s provide their own witnesses. If this is an issue I do make arrangements, so it should not be considered a bar to using my services, but there is an added expense. I will add this has not been an issue as clients tend to execute the documents on their own. I make myself available via phone, text, and email so if there was ever an issue I’m reachable to resolve any issues; and, I do request that all signed documents are scanned and sent to me for final review–too often new client’s bring me their old estate plan documents with fatal flaws (no notary seal, witness issues, personal representative issues, missing signatures, etc.).
Please contact me. There’s no fee for the initial consultation.
One more thing, when your child turns 18 they are an adult, and though it may seem estate planning documents are unnecessary for someone just starting out, the contrary is true: they are very important because you as a parent no longer have legal authority to act on their behalf. My Estate Planning Rates for college age Floridians are very reasonable.
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