A conversation with Ross and Cameron about Estate Planning, Business, and Legal Fees.
Who are you guys?
We are people with families, kids, grandchildren, friends, hopes, dreams, imperfections, and all the rest.
What exactly do you guys do?We go to soccer games, graduations, concerts, and funerals just like you. We are good attorneys with a great staff. We like helping clients, drafting documents in simple plain English, and reading and researching the law.
Lawyers do two things: Prevent Problems and Fix Problems. We believe it is less expensive, easier, and less painful to help you prevent rather than fix.
- Estate Planning. We will work with you to develop an Estate Plan so your assets are distributed the way you want to the people you want, usually without paying Estate Taxes. At the appropriate time, we will work with you and your family concerning the Probate and Trust Administration. If there are Probate or post-death disputes, that’s something else we can help your family with.
- Business Planning. We will also work with you to form a business organization (Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, etc.). When the time is right, we can handle the purchase or sale of another business. Of course, we can draft contracts for your business to avoid problems (Employment Agreement, Non-Compete or Non-Solicitation Agreements, and Contracts of all kinds). Again, when a dispute arises, we will deal with that problem.
Who are your clients?
Our clients run the gamut from individuals with not many assets to couples who have had multiple marriages as well as clients with significant assets. Our clients include farmers, surgeons, lawyers, plumbers, bakers, start-up businesses, and established businesses.
What is your fee?
It’s okay to ask about money. We are frugal people, too. Whenever possible, we prefer to handle matters on a flat fee basis. For example, if you would like us to draft a Will for both you and your spouse, we can quote a definite price for that. If you would like us to handle the Probate of your great-grandmother’s Estate, in which case the work would be spread out over a period of months with possible complications from some of the relatives, then it might be best to bill by the hour. Even so, we should be able to give you a rough estimate of the range of the fees. Before we begin any work, we will discuss our fee arrangement with you and put it in writing.
If I have a follow-up question about my Estate Plan or another matter, will you charge me for the telephone call or email?
No. Even if it’s been a while since we drafted your documents or assisted you with another matter, please feel free to call us with your questions. You are our client and we want you to understand and be comfortable with what we’ve done for you. We are always happy to answer your questions without charge. If the question involves research or reviewing documents, then we will have to charge for that work – and we will tell you what the fee will be.
What if I have a legal matter other than Estate Planning or a Business Matter?
Call us and we’ll tell you whether or not it’s something we can handle for you. If it is not something we can do, we will be happy to give names of other attorneys who will help you.