What is a "Will"?
A Will is a document in which you (the "testator") provide instructions on how you wish for your property to be
distributed (divided) after you die.
With some exceptions, you may leave your property to anyone you wish. You may leave property to one or more persons. If you are married, your spouse may have automatic ownership rights to certain property that cannot be undermined by a Will. Careful legal counseling is necessary.
Most people do need a Will. A Will is one of the greatest gifts you can leave your family. It can save your family a considerable amount of money in legal fees needed to retain an attorney to straighten out the estate that is left behind without a Will. Too many people have the unfortunate belief that they do not need a Will because "my family will be able to divide the property among themselves once I gone." This approach is a formula for disaster and will place an unfair emotional and financial burden on your family. I have witnessed numerous families torn apart over bitter probate battles. Do not make this mistake. Have a Will prepared now!
What is the process for obtaining a Will?
The preparation of a Will does not require court review or approval. The person needs to complete a Will Worksheet. I will use the worksheet to draft the actual Will. Once the worksheet has been finalized and submitted to me, the Will can usually be completed within 5 to 7 working days. You can keep the completed Will or you can file it at the Superior Court for a nominal fee.
How much does a Will cost?
The typical legal fee is $795*. However, if the Will is more complex than usual, the legal fee may be higher. Notary fees are extra. If you wish to have the Will filed at court, the court fee is $50 and the courier fee is $25. If you are over the age of 60, you may eligible to get a Will prepared for free under the grant for senior legal services. At this time, Attorney Thomas Fisher is the attorney retained to handle this program. You can reach him at 472-1131.* If you pay with a credit card there is a 3 1/2% processing fee. If you wire your payment, there is a $15 processing fee.
How can I get started with my Will?
Simply click on the "Will Worksheet" button and complete the form. It is important that you fill the worksheet out completely. Once you have completed the worksheet, call my office at 472-8472 and set up an appointment for a consultation. The consultation fee is $75 for up to 30 minutes. Be sure to bring the worksheet with you. Without a worksheet, I will not be able to meet with you. >Click here to get started with a worksheet
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