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Even though I worked in law for 12 years, this was my first opportunity to hire an attorney beyond ordinary real estate closing matters. I had known Justin since undergrad school and followed his journey through law school and his obtaining a master's degree afterwards. It really has been a joy to watch him grow, but "the proof was in the pudding" when he assisted my partner and me with our estate planning last year. He deftly guided us through the various complexities of estate planning for a same-sex couple in a state that doesn't legally recognize our relationship, ensuring that we will be protected. He answered other legal questions for us, researched a real estate tax matter and gave us a prompt and thorough response, and his fees came in under the original estimated amount, which was a pleasant surprise. I've known Justin for 22 years and knew he would be thorough, which gave me comfort throughout the process and with our resulting estate documents. I would recommend him to anyone seeking an estate planning attorney in North Carolina and Florida, where he is licensed.
Justin updated my will and created other accompanying documents for me and my partner. He was very thorough, and we felt heard and in great hands. As a bonus, his wit made it very enjoyable. Plus, Justin is very active in our community and works hard to make our city a better place to live. So it was an honor to work with him.
Justin was very knowledgable about our specific estate planning needs. His guidance and thoroughness made us confident that our final wishes will be carried out just as we planned. We would highly recommend him and his firm to handle all of your estate planning needs!
I've known Justin for many years, long before his practice. He's always been someone I would trust. I waited to do my estate planning until Justin could be my attorney. Justin understood the special needs of my case and was overwhelmingly helpful in guiding me to create a robust and secure estate plan. I would recommend him, and have done so, to anyone within our community who wants to feel their needs are well taken care of. Justin both listens and guides, and personally I am proud to call him a friend and my attorney.
Justin helped my family plan a fairly complicated multi-state real estate transaction. His advice was prompt, professional, correct and reassuring.
My partner and I worked with Justin to get our estate plans organized- we have unusual circumstances that made this both complicated and sensitive, and we are also a gay couple in North Carolina, which makes navigating an estate and health care planning critical. I went into this both stressed and worried, and with a lot more questions than answers.
Justin was up to the challenge of getting us on track. He is very personable, listens very well, gave very active feedback and clearly fully understood our complications and concerns, and then he turned that into a very impressive estate plan that addresses every issue thoroughly. He gave us a lot of guidance about how to deal with North Carolina’s laws, and explained in detail what the actual challenges were for us in this state, and how to allow for the fact that we can’t be married here and have to plan care for one another around those restrictions.
I did expect a competent professional, and Justin certainly met that expectation easily; however, he went well beyond that. He was friendly, very engaging and responsive, clearly well-versed in how to handle our multiple trusts and backup plans that included several generations, and steered us clear of what we had initially thought would be good ideas with sensitivity and thorough explanations. I’ve dreaded getting the estate planning done because I expected it to be a nightmare- with Justin, it was anything but. I just didn’t anticipate that he would understand our goals and be able to discuss how to attain them within minutes during the first consultation, and he gave us lots of options for the variables, with clear pros and cons to consider. Better still, he did this in plain English. What could have been a very stressful and tedious task became quite interesting and engaging, and we remained very active in all of the decisions.
I’m a harsh critic, I have high expectations, I know my mind and I don’t go into anything blind; That means that I can be a challenge to work with if I feel like I’m not being heard or that my ideas aren’t being given their due. Justin worked with that superbly, and the estate plans that we chose give me great confidence that we’ve allowed for everything that we should. We aren’t wealthy, but we have some circumstances that people with substantial assets have to cope with, and Justin knew how to deal with both our asset level and our complications. Immediately after completing our estate plans, I recommended him to a close friend whom I’ve known for decades, and who also had unusual circumstances; he told me that he got the same competence and confidence.
A word on rates- attorneys aren’t cheap, nor should they be if you want excellent work. However, I found Justin’s rates to be very fair, on the low end of what I expected, and he kept me informed throughout the process how much time our work was taking so that we knew what we were spending. I’ve found it difficult to get anything resembling that from car mechanics and contractors, so I found that particularly impressive. We did go over budget from our original estimate, but with full knowledge and understanding and as a direct result of changes that we made to put some additional variables into our trusts. I am confident that the final bill was very reasonable, that it was money well spent, and that Justin earned more than we paid. The relief that I had from getting this done (and done well) was priceless.
Justin did an excellent job helping my partner and I to get our estate planning together. His attention to detail and responsiveness to our questions and concerns were amazing. Justin explained the entire process step by step and made sure we understood all the paperwork/documents. We highly recommend Justin Richard Ervin III.