How much can I expect to spend on estate and trust issues?
Legal costs can differ greatly depending on the facts and circumstances of each case and the type of fee agreement. We offer a variety of fee agreements as follows:
Estates & Trusts
Estates & Trusts services fall into three categories:
- Probate Administration. Fees for standard probate administration services are covered under a statutory agreement. They are specifically set out in Probate Code §10810. If necessary, extraordinary probate administrative services are billed at our regular hourly rate. The court must approve all probate fees.
- Estate & Trust Matters, including administration, will contests, trust disputes, construction, accounting, breaches of duty, removal of trustee, fraud, and surcharge type matters may be covered under an Evergreen Retainer, Flat Fee, or Contingency Fee agreement.
- Conservatorship & Guardianship matters are usually covered under Evergreen or Statutory agreements.
We strive to balance cost-effective legal services with meritorious results. Each case is evaluated based on it’s unique facts and circumstances. The more we know about the facts and circumstances of a case, the better we can anticipate and help manage legal issues and their related costs. Effective communication at every stage of a legal matter, coupled with the use of technology in the delivery of our legal services, enables us to serve clients in an affordable manner. By emphasizing effective communication, we minimize costs without compromising our clients’ rights.