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Subject: Lawer Fee Estimate for Wills and related docuements
Category: Family and Home
Asked by: yellowduck-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 20 Aug 2006 07:54 PDT
Expires: 19 Sep 2006 07:54 PDT
Question ID: 757844
I want to compare some attorney fees.  Please give me cost estimates
for the items below.  I do not need any other legal advice, only fee
estimates for the following.

About how much would the following cost (we are in IL, but if state
costs are about the same then any accurate estimate is ok):

A basic will for husband (husband and wife have 1 child).
A basic will for wife (husband and wife have 1 child).
Draft of Inter Vivos Revocable Trust
Draft of Power of Attorney for Property for husband
Draft of Power of Attorney for Property for wife
Draft of Power of Attorney for Health Care for husband 
Draft of Power of Attorney for Health Care for wife
Draft Quit Claim Deed
Appointment of Standby Guardian 

(As I cannot explain what some of those documents are, this question
may best be answered by someone with legal background)
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Subject: Re: Lawer Fee Estimate for Wills and related docuements
From: probonopublico-ga on 20 Aug 2006 09:20 PDT
 
In my experience here in the UK, lawyers' fees vary considerably for
precisely the same work.

I did a test fairly recently for the cost of carrying out a simple
probate which anyone with reasonable intelligence could have handled
themselves for an out-of-pocket cost of less than 30. (That's Pounds
Sterling).

I then phoned several local lawyers and got quotes ranging from 250
to over 1,000 and only two told me that I didn't need a lawyer and
that I could easily do it myself. They even told me how!
 
It's always worth shopping around!
Subject: Re: Lawer Fee Estimate for Wills and related docuements
From: markvmd-ga on 20 Aug 2006 10:30 PDT
 
My attorney did all of the above for free. He makes it up in volume, believe me.

As Probonopublico has stated, there is a range of prices fro the same
work anywhere you go. My attorney said the work done would run about
$200 and that you can buy software to do the same for anywhere from $5
to $50. I checked my legal software package (bought at Office Despot)
and it does have all the things you listed. The one I found at the
"Dollar Store" had it too!
Subject: Re: Lawer Fee Estimate for Wills and related docuements
From: probonopublico-ga on 20 Aug 2006 11:26 PDT
 
The Office Despot?

I'm sorry but I don't like the sound of him. Or is The Despot a she?

Scary!
Subject: Re: Lawer Fee Estimate for Wills and related docuements
From: markvmd-ga on 20 Aug 2006 12:42 PDT
 
Bryan--

I just want to avoid having to enrich my attorney by defending a suit
from the depot of the offices (don't you have a chain of office supply
stores with a similar name? The Colonies do). How many 50's muscle
cars can a guy have, after all, before someone points out the
psychosexual nature of his hobby?

I would have written Orifice Despot but that sounds central-Asia-type kinky. 

--Mark
Subject: Re: Lawer Fee Estimate for Wills and related docuements
From: juggler-ga on 20 Aug 2006 14:52 PDT
 
There are risks inherent with using "canned" documents or software
packages, as recommended above, as a substitute for the services of an
experienced attorney.  First of all, the canned forms may include
provisions inappropriate for your particular circumstances or may LACK
provisions that would be beneficial in your situation. Second, there
is a substantial risk that you, as a non-lawyer, will misunderstand
some elements of the documents and complete them in ways which create
serious problems for your estate.

Call your local bar association and ask for a list of qualified
attorneys in your area.

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