In addition to flat rate services, we also provide hourly consultation on estate matters that are more complicated. Oftentimes, clients believe that a problem or issue they are having is more simple and straight-forward than it actually is. Estate law does not have the reputation for complexity of a practice area like criminal law but that could not be further from the truth. When you are speaking of creating a pathway for future care of the elderly, business succession planning, or even just distributing the assets of a large estate, the various laws and statutes that come into play can be overwhelming even for an attorney to keep track of, much less someone who has never created documents of this nature before.
We offer hourly consultation on all estate matters, as well as, offering flat fee rates where it is applicable to do so. Examples of where the hourly paradigm would be used:
- Business succession planning
- Probate and Personal Representation
- Elder care
- Unique and non-traditional family estate planning
- Large asset estates
- International estates
If the question is something that can be answered in 15 minutes or less we don’t feel the need to charge you for it. We feel that is just part of being a member of the community and a good neighbor. So if you have a quick question while writing a will, for example, we’re willing to pick up the phone and answer it. However, if the matter is complex or can’t be handled over the phone we charge hourly fees dependent upon the skill level of the attorney working on your case.
The best way to start would be to call our office and speak to a probate attorney in NYC over the phone. We can usually get a handle on the complexity within that first 15 minutes and make a recommendation as to whether our services are even needed to handle your estate matter. Give us a call today and let us see if we can help you with your estate matter.