Get Answers to Your Estate Planning Questions on Our FAQ Page

Need a quick answer to help your estate plans along? We have compiled a list of the most common questions people have on wills, asset distribution, tax laws, and other estate planning topics and provided the answers on our FAQ page. Browse or search for your topic today!

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How Much Do You Charge For Estate Plans?

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All matters handled by My Pink Lawyer® are on a flat fee (estate plans, guardianships, probates, special needs planning).

We offer initial planning consultations for only $197, which is applied to our services. During that meeting, we’ll learn more about your situation, unique circumstances, and explore your planning goals. We’ll then be in a position to quote you an exact fee for your planning. We’ve even had clients that we quote $0 to because after reviewing their existing plan (and yes, you have a plan whether you know it or not!), their goals will be accomplished without them hiring us.

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Do You Handle Contested Probate Matters (I.E. Family Fighting Or Litigation)?

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Not at this time. We offer flat fees to clients on all matters so there are no surprise bills. Unfortunately, a contested probate matter is a lawsuit that doesn’t lend itself to flat fees. You can expect to pay a lawyer hourly or possibly even on a contingency fee. Our office can make referrals to you upon request if you have a probate matter that will involve family fighting.

Can I Schedule An Estate Planning Consultation For Someone Else?

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Yes. However, keep in mind that the consultation will be for that person and we will be meeting with him/her privately to discuss his/her wishes. This policy helps protect YOU from any future claims that you were unduly influencing that person with their planning which is a potential cause for setting aside their plan.

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Ok, I’m Finally Ready To Get My Estate Planning Affairs In Order. What’s My Next Step?

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Call the office to schedule your Family Succession Strategy Session or click here. We allow two hours for that appointment, though we may not need that much time. Once we have you on our calendar, we’ll then email you confirmation of your appointment and attach directions to our office and a link to an Family Succession Planning worksheet we’d like to you complete before we meet. We review this in advance and it saves us tons of time when we get together.

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Can An Agent Sign Estate Planning Documents For Someone Using A Power Of Attorney?

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An agent appointed under a durable power of attorney may not sign or revoke Wills using the power of attorney.  However, a power of attorney may specifically authorize the agent to create, amend or revoke a living revocable trust on the person's behalf.  (A living trust is an increasingly popular alternative to a Will as an estate planing vehicle.)  However, the power of attorney must specifically address this particular power.  Here's some of the language we include in our powers of attorney if the client wants to include this power:

"Create, Amend or Revoke Revocable Trust.  I grant to my agent the power to create for me (and with my wife as to any property we own jointly) one or more revocable trusts (referred to as a "grantor trust") of which I am an income beneficiary and with such person or persons as my agent shall select as the trustee or co‑trustees, without bond or other security, and with such other terms and provisions as my agent shall deem appropriate…"

Without this specific authorization, the agent named in the power of attorney is out of luck on signing any estate planning documents for their parents. 

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Are Out Of State Wills Valid In Florida?

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Out of state Wills (Wills executed by out of state residents in their homestate) are deemed valid in Florida if they were valid in the state they were executed (exception:  holographic Wills, handwritten Wills not witnessed).  However, it's always a good idea to have a Florida attorney review your non-Florida Will because there will likely be some provisions in your Will that will not be honored in Florida.  For example, non-Florida residents may not serve as personal representative or executor of a Florida estate unless they are a family member of the decedent (non-resident friends do not qualify).

Do You Work With Clients Who Live Out Of Town/State?

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It depends. We meet personally with most of our estate planning, special needs, and guardianship clients. It is very common for us to work with out of town clients on probate matters, however. Email works great!

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It Appears Your Work With Mostly Women. Will You Still Work With Men Too?

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Of course! If you’re “man enough” to work with the attorneys at My Pink Lawyer®, we're “woman enough” to work with you too! We do actually work with quite a few men.

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How Do You Communicate With Clients? How Responsive Is Your Office When I Have Questions About My Matter?

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We find email to be the most effective and quickest method of communicating with our clients. However, phone calls work too. Our office is very responsive to client communication even after your matter is complete.

Because we do communicate with clients so much by email, you can expect your matter to take longer if we need to rely on “snail mail” to get documents to you to sign. It is much easier (and faster) to email you documents that you can print on your end, sign and mail back to our office.

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How Did You Come Up With The Name “My Pink Lawyer”?

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Well, I do work with mostly women and couples in case your couldn’t tell. But I’ll give you another hint as well…I used to drive a Pink Cadillac in a former life!

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