Im divorced with 3 grown children, homeowner, the bank still holds a mortgage, not many assets other than equity in the home and life insurance policy. So a pretty simple will. Curious of what it would cost to have a will prepared?
Unless you had an unusual number of questions/requests, our office would prepare a Will for you for $ 350.00. That includes an initial consultation, preparation of the document, witness and notary services, and a conference where you execute (sign) the will.
I can also tell you that probate attorneys like me make much more money handling estates where a will is not prepared by a lawyer. Just some food for thought.
I have re-tagged your question as an Estate Planning question to help you get some more answers.
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The cost of the will is not important. The value of establishing and maintaining an ongoing relationship with a good general practice lawyer who can help you integrate your personal, business, and legal spheres in your life is much more important. I charge $300 for the amount of time it normally takes to discuss this simple level of estate planning sufficiently to draft and present for signing a "basic" will.
The cost of preparing a Will can depend on a lot of factors, including whether you wanted to place any of your assets into a trust for your children at your death. It does not sound like you have any death tax issues with your estate, so tax planning likely is not a concern. If you also needed ancillary documents, such as powers of attorney, the cost could increase. Depending on your needs, $400 to $1,000 is a good ballpark for a simple estate plan.
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As others have said, it really depends on the experience of the attorney. I start out at $500 for a simple will with no advanced planning, and go up from there.
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