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 2 hour estate planning consultations for only $197. 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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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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My Situation Is Simple. Why Should I Go To A Lawyer For My Estate Planning When I Can Just Use Legal Zoom Or Buy Forms At The Office Supply Store?

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You need to read Chapters 3 & 4 of my book, “Wise Women Protect their Assets”! Not all DIY forms and services are bad per se, but the forms you fill out on yourself won’t necessarily “jive” with the way you have the rest of your assets and affairs structured. Plus, what you DON’T know can hurt you (or your family more likely). Just as you wouldn’t try to put tubes in your kid’s ears yourself (unless you’re an ENT doctor of course!), you shouldn’t be attempting to establish your own estate plan for yourself either.

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How Often Should I Review Or Update My Estate Plan?

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We suggest reviewing your plan again with your lawyer after every major life event or at least every three years.

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How Much Do You Charge For Plan Updates?

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My Pink Lawyer® members are never charged for simple “word processing” updates (i.e. change of a name, termination age in a trust, address, changing executors, trustees, financial and health care agents, etc.). Beyond that, once we chat and we know what you’re wanting to change, we will quote you a flat fee in advance for the revisions. Again, never any surprises. If we do charge a fee for your revisions, it will be very reasonable if we prepared your plan that you are updating.

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Do You Offer Free Estate Plan Reviews If My Plan Was Prepared By Another Lawyer?

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Yes. In that situation, we treat you a prospective new client just as if you were coming to us without any written planning.

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How Do Your Fees Compare To Other Lawyers?

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Because of the high level of service and the comprehensiveness of the planning we offer our clients, I can safely say that we are not the cheapest kids on the block. That said, many lawyers who claim to offer “Wills & Trust” services actually are not estate planning lawyers at all, but criminal defense, personal injury, or family law lawyers who see estate planning as an “easy add on” to their practice.  My Pink Lawyer® is also not a “trust mill” law firm that churns out a high volume of living trusts to multiple clients each month. Those firms tend to recommend living trusts to every person and have their staff prepare the documents, rather than an attorney.

On the other hand, we don’t charge big firm high rise prices (which are typically billed hourly, by the way). With flat fees quoted in advance, you will never have any surprises.

At My Pink Lawyer® we offer concierge style estate planning. Each plan is custom designed for each client by a lawyer (not staff) and our office is there for you and your family even after your plan has been initially created. We will stay in touch (with your permission of course) to ensure your plan stays current with your changing life circumstances. We don’t know of any other estate planning lawyers that offer the same level of consistent, friendly, thorough, and ongoing service that we at My Pink Lawyer® offer our clients.

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When Are My Fees Due?

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Most clients prefer to pay the fees upfront and be done with it. We do require at least ½ of the fees paid in advance before we get started on your planning. If necessary, we can work out a payment plan, but all fees will need to be paid prior to finalizing your plan.

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