Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only the very wealthy who can benefit from estate planning law or who might want to hire an estate planning attorney. If you want to ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death and that your heirs and beneficiaries are looked after in the way you intended, a good estate planning lawyer will bring you peace of mind. Here at the State Bar Attorneys Directory, we list thousands of estate planning law firms across the United States - all of which have been screened and verified for your security.

Gierach and Gierach, P.A.
723 E Colonial Dr
# 100
Orlando, FL 32803

We believe every family should develop a comprehensive estate plan to distribute assets and grant protection to surviving family members and other loved ones. Unlike other legal planning, your estate plan is particularly difficult to adjust "after the fact." You will not be there to see it come to fruition and ensure any complications are ironed out appropriately. When your…

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(407) 894-6941

Gierach and Gierach, P.A.
723 E Colonial Dr
# 100
Orlando, FL 32803

We believe every family should develop a comprehensive estate plan to distribute assets and grant protection to surviving family members and other loved ones. Unlike other legal planning, your estate plan is particularly difficult to adjust "after the fact." You will not be there to see it come to fruition and ensure any complications are ironed out appropriately. When your…

The Law Office of Roger A. Giuliani, P.C.
500 N Rainbow Blvd
#300
Las Vegas, NV 89107

The Law Office of Roger A. Giuliani, P.C. handles probate and estate planning matters in Las Vegas, Nevada and surrounding cities such as Henderson, Summerlin, Spring Valley North Las Vegas, and Southern Nevada. Mr. Giuliani handles all types of probate issues and estate planning issues as well. The firm also drafts Wills & Trusts and can assist with the preparation…

4.2
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(702) 221-1955

The Law Office of Roger A. Giuliani, P.C.
500 N Rainbow Blvd
#300
Las Vegas, NV 89107

The Law Office of Roger A. Giuliani, P.C. handles probate and estate planning matters in Las Vegas, Nevada and surrounding cities such as Henderson, Summerlin, Spring Valley North Las Vegas, and Southern Nevada. Mr. Giuliani handles all types of probate issues and estate planning issues as well. The firm also drafts Wills & Trusts and can assist with the preparation…

Carolina Family Estate Planning
51 Kilmayne Dr
Cary, NC 27511

Carolina Family Estate Planning provides full-service estate plans to those in and around North Carolina's Triangle, including but not limited to Cary, Wake County, Apex, Durham, Raleigh, Orange County, Holly Springs, Research Triangle Park, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham County, Garner, Wake Forest, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Fayetteville. We put a personal touch on estate planning, wills, trusts, and…

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(919) 443-3035

Carolina Family Estate Planning
51 Kilmayne Dr
Cary, NC 27511

Carolina Family Estate Planning provides full-service estate plans to those in and around North Carolina's Triangle, including but not limited to Cary, Wake County, Apex, Durham, Raleigh, Orange County, Holly Springs, Research Triangle Park, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham County, Garner, Wake Forest, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Fayetteville. We put a personal touch on estate planning, wills, trusts, and…

David Toback, Attorney at Law
1211 N. Westshore Blvd
Suite 315
Tampa, FL 33607

Tampa estate planning attorney who concentrates his practice on estate planning and probate matters, with an emphasis on tax planning and asset protection, developing and implementing tax savings strategies for individuals and their related businesses. From the David Toback, Attorney at Law website: David Toback is an experienced Tampa estate planning attorney specializing in tax planning, business formation, wills, trusts…

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(813) 252-7529

David Toback, Attorney at Law
1211 N. Westshore Blvd
Suite 315
Tampa, FL 33607

Tampa estate planning attorney who concentrates his practice on estate planning and probate matters, with an emphasis on tax planning and asset protection, developing and implementing tax savings strategies for individuals and their related businesses. From the David Toback, Attorney at Law website: David Toback is an experienced Tampa estate planning attorney specializing in tax planning, business formation, wills, trusts…

Entz Burton & Associates
5560 NW 72nd St
Building B
Warr Acres, OK 73132

Entz Burton & Associates handles estate planning, asset protection, probate & trust administration and business entity formation for our clients throughout Oklahoma.

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Phone(405) 773-9800

Entz Burton & Associates
5560 NW 72nd St
Building B
Warr Acres, OK 73132

Entz Burton & Associates handles estate planning, asset protection, probate & trust administration and business entity formation for our clients throughout Oklahoma.

Klosek Law Offices Palo Alto
437 Kipling St Suite 150
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Probate Attorney Palo Alto

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Phone(650) 252-1048

Klosek Law Offices Palo Alto
437 Kipling St Suite 150
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Nici Law Firm
1865 Veterans Park Dr
Suite 203
Naples, FL 34109

Naples estate planning lawyer offering legal assistance to clients from Marco Island to Bonita Springs and Estero, helping clients with estate planning and related needs.

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(239) 449-6150

Nici Law Firm
1865 Veterans Park Dr
Suite 203
Naples, FL 34109

Naples estate planning lawyer offering legal assistance to clients from Marco Island to Bonita Springs and Estero, helping clients with estate planning and related needs.

Norton Basu LLP
5201 Great America Parkway
#320
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Norton Basu LLP is a law firm in Santa Clara that specializes in all matters related to estate planning. We work hard to protect your assets and give your family peace of mind. We can help you set up and plan your estate, set up and fund your living trust, and even administer your trust estate. We also help with…

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(408) 850-7250

Norton Basu LLP
5201 Great America Parkway
#320
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Norton Basu LLP is a law firm in Santa Clara that specializes in all matters related to estate planning. We work hard to protect your assets and give your family peace of mind. We can help you set up and plan your estate, set up and fund your living trust, and even administer your trust estate. We also help with…

Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C.
4805 W Laurel St
#230
Tampa, FL 33607

Tampa, FL law firm which provides comprehensive services in the areas of estate planning, probate, elder care and guardianship. Includes attorney profiles and client FAQs, plus information on the firm's Family Protector Program.

5.0
1 Verified Reviews

Phone(813) 286-1700

Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C.
4805 W Laurel St
#230
Tampa, FL 33607

Tampa, FL law firm which provides comprehensive services in the areas of estate planning, probate, elder care and guardianship. Includes attorney profiles and client FAQs, plus information on the firm's Family Protector Program.

The Probate Guy
8081 Orangethorpe Ave
Buena Park, CA 90621

Profiles attorney Robert L Cohen and his law firm's expertise in all probate matters. Undertaking probate, reverse mortgage and probate litigation cases, with no upfront fees. Includes client testimonials and details of how the probate process works. Also offers services in estate planning, wills and trusts. Provides a detailed FAQ about probate in general and the law firm's services. Located…

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(714) 522-8880

The Probate Guy
8081 Orangethorpe Ave
Buena Park, CA 90621

Profiles attorney Robert L Cohen and his law firm's expertise in all probate matters. Undertaking probate, reverse mortgage and probate litigation cases, with no upfront fees. Includes client testimonials and details of how the probate process works. Also offers services in estate planning, wills and trusts. Provides a detailed FAQ about probate in general and the law firm's services. Located…

Fisher Law LLC
121 Central St
Suite 202
Norwood, MA 2062

Meeting your estate planning, probate and elder law needs, this law firm is based in Boston, MA. Includes attorney profiles and FAQ as well as testimonials from happy clients.

4.8
4 Verified Reviews

Phone(781) 821-8800

Fisher Law LLC
121 Central St
Suite 202
Norwood, MA 2062

Meeting your estate planning, probate and elder law needs, this law firm is based in Boston, MA. Includes attorney profiles and FAQ as well as testimonials from happy clients.

MendenFreiman LLP
5565 Glenridge Connector, N.E.
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30342

Atlanta business and estate planning lawyers work closely with clients to understand their needs, advise them accordingly and provide expert assistance to help them achieve their goals. From the MendenFreiman LLP website: Atlanta business, tax & estate planning lawyers MendenFreiman provide high-quality & compassionate representation to family-owned & closely held businesses.

4.5
4 Verified Reviews

Phone(770) 379-1450

MendenFreiman LLP
5565 Glenridge Connector, N.E.
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30342

Atlanta business and estate planning lawyers work closely with clients to understand their needs, advise them accordingly and provide expert assistance to help them achieve their goals. From the MendenFreiman LLP website: Atlanta business, tax & estate planning lawyers MendenFreiman provide high-quality & compassionate representation to family-owned & closely held businesses.

Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, P.L.L.C.
15249 N 99th Ave
Sun City, AZ 85351

The six lawyer team at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC brings a service based approach to clients in Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise and Sun City. We are cross disciplinary lawyers with a nuanced understanding of both civil and criminal law. Our broad based legal knowledge and team based approach allow us to serve you in highly specific cases as well…

4.6
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(623) 889-0691

Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, P.L.L.C.
15249 N 99th Ave
Sun City, AZ 85351

The six lawyer team at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC brings a service based approach to clients in Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise and Sun City. We are cross disciplinary lawyers with a nuanced understanding of both civil and criminal law. Our broad based legal knowledge and team based approach allow us to serve you in highly specific cases as well…

Trust and Estates Attorney Kerri Castellini
409 7th St Nw
#215
Washington, DC 20004

Kerri Castellini has dedicated her practice to trust and estate law. She specifically focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and guardianships for incapacitated adults and minors. She is passionate about providing a high level of attention to her clients to come up with a plan that is best for their unique circumstances. Our law firm is first rate…

4.8
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(202) 517-1752

Trust and Estates Attorney Kerri Castellini
409 7th St Nw
#215
Washington, DC 20004

Kerri Castellini has dedicated her practice to trust and estate law. She specifically focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and guardianships for incapacitated adults and minors. She is passionate about providing a high level of attention to her clients to come up with a plan that is best for their unique circumstances. Our law firm is first rate…

Gerald Winters, P.C.
402 Wall St
Suite 61
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Provides legal services to clients in Indiana. Services include estate planning, financial wealth assistance, planning for legal help with a special needs situation, business financial planning, and living trusts. Office is located in Valparaiso, IN but offers help to business and personal clients in all of Northwest Indiana.

3.9
7 Verified Reviews

Phone(219) 307-4373

Gerald Winters, P.C.
402 Wall St
Suite 61
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Provides legal services to clients in Indiana. Services include estate planning, financial wealth assistance, planning for legal help with a special needs situation, business financial planning, and living trusts. Office is located in Valparaiso, IN but offers help to business and personal clients in all of Northwest Indiana.

D.A. Law
18231 CA-18
Suite 4
Apple Valley, CA 92307

"D.A. Law is a law firm that provides exceptional service and a winning strategy to clients from all walks of life. No matter how difficult your case may be, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you get the outcome you want and deserve.

5.0
2 Verified Reviews

Phone(760) 515-2900

D.A. Law
18231 CA-18
Suite 4
Apple Valley, CA 92307

"D.A. Law is a law firm that provides exceptional service and a winning strategy to clients from all walks of life. No matter how difficult your case may be, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you get the outcome you want and deserve.

Eghrari Wealth Training Law Firm
50 Karl Avenue
Suite 202
Smithtown, NY 11787

Mark S. Eghrari and Associates PLLC is a leading provider of expert estate planning guidance on Long Island, NY. We offer estate planning for individuals and families that minimize taxes and protect against the high cost of nursing care in order to preserve assets for future generations. Our mission is to provide the residents of Suffolk County, NY with the…

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Phone(631) 265-0599

Eghrari Wealth Training Law Firm
50 Karl Avenue
Suite 202
Smithtown, NY 11787

Mark S. Eghrari and Associates PLLC is a leading provider of expert estate planning guidance on Long Island, NY. We offer estate planning for individuals and families that minimize taxes and protect against the high cost of nursing care in order to preserve assets for future generations. Our mission is to provide the residents of Suffolk County, NY with the…

Hobson & Hobson, P.C.
136 Fairground St NE
Marietta, GA 30060

Hobson & Hobson, P.C. is a powerhouse family law firm consisting of tenacious attorneys who fight for better futures for those going through divorce and custody law matters. We have 5 offices in Georgia to serve the Atlanta area.

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Phone(770) 343-5138

Hobson & Hobson, P.C.
136 Fairground St NE
Marietta, GA 30060

Hobson & Hobson, P.C. is a powerhouse family law firm consisting of tenacious attorneys who fight for better futures for those going through divorce and custody law matters. We have 5 offices in Georgia to serve the Atlanta area.

Holman Law
12222 Merit Drive
Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75251

Holman Law LLP is a top-rated Texas Estate Planning & Elder Care law firm serving the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. We represent clients who seek planning prior to requiring long-term care (including Medicaid planning) or clients who are faced with an immediate, custodial-care situation, and also specialize in estate administration. Need a Dallas estate planning or elder care attorney? Contact… Unclaimed: Claim this business

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(972) 474-7828

Holman Law
12222 Merit Drive
Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75251

Holman Law LLP is a top-rated Texas Estate Planning & Elder Care law firm serving the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. We represent clients who seek planning prior to requiring long-term care (including Medicaid planning) or clients who are faced with an immediate, custodial-care situation, and also specialize in estate administration. Need a Dallas estate planning or elder care attorney? Contact… Unclaimed: Claim this business

LeAnne Williams CPA
608 Mabry Hood Road
Suite 5
Knoxville, TN 37932

LeaAnne Williams, CPA is licensed in TN and specializes in tax. We are professional, experienced, and affordable. We offer a broad range of services for business owners, executives, and independent professionals including Tax Planning and Preparation for individuals, and tax preparation for real estate agents, lawyers and medical professionals. Unclaimed: Claim this business

4.6
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(865) 806-8888

LeAnne Williams CPA
608 Mabry Hood Road
Suite 5
Knoxville, TN 37932

LeaAnne Williams, CPA is licensed in TN and specializes in tax. We are professional, experienced, and affordable. We offer a broad range of services for business owners, executives, and independent professionals including Tax Planning and Preparation for individuals, and tax preparation for real estate agents, lawyers and medical professionals. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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What is Estate Planning Law?

Your estate is the legal term for your property (real estate), money, and personal belongings at death. Estate planning law is concerned with the proper and legal transfer of your estate in accordance with the law and with your wishes. 

What Does an Estate Planning Lawyer Do?

 

An estate planning lawyer will arrange first of all for your estate to be valued. This involves establishing the total value of everything including your property, your money including shares, investments, and savings, your possessions, including cars and jewelry, and any business interests you may have.

 

Having valued your estate, your estate planning attorney will work to establish your wishes on how those assets should be transferred after your death. They will facilitate all the required legal documents such as your will - including a living will where required. If you wish, they can also set up trusts to manage assets on behalf of one or more beneficiaries. If you have underage children, an estate planning lawyer will also handle your wishes for guardianship of your children should they be left with no surviving parent. A good estate planning attorney will also work to maximize the assets that can be passed to your beneficiaries by minimizing your tax burden. They can also help you to set up power of attorney should you lose your capacity to make decisions prior to your death, and they can assist with business succession planning too.

 

How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Estate Planning Attorney?

 

The cost to hire the best estate planning lawyer for your needs will depend on the complexity of your estate and what exactly you are hoping to achieve.

 

If your affairs are relatively straightforward, you can use an estate planning attorney charging a flat fee for drawing up certain documents such as a will, a guardianship document, and power of attorney for financial and healthcare decisions.

 

If your affairs are more complex or your estate is of a high value, your estate planning lawyer will probably charge an hourly fee, which will typically range from $250-350 per hour. 

 

Undoubtedly skilled estate planning can be expensive in complex situations, but the money you spend on a good estate planning attorney will be worth it to have your legacy protected.

 

Tips for Hiring an Estate Planning Lawyer

 

Nobody likes to think about their own death, but It will save time and money if you are very clear about your wishes before you hire an estate planning attorney.

 

Before choosing a lawyer, take some time to consider exactly how you want your assets to be transferred, who your beneficiaries will be, and what other wishes you would want to see carried out after your death.

 

Once your wishes are clear in your mind, a personal recommendation is always a good way to choose an estate planning law firm. 

 

However, another good option is to use a specialist attorney directory like our State Bar Attorney Directory.

 

We list thousands of respected estate planning attorneys across the United States, and we make it easy for you to search for an estate planning law firm near you. Because you can also read reviews right here within the directory, it’s easy to narrow down the most trusted estate planning lawyers in your area.

 

It’s advisable to speak to several estate planning law firms before you make your final choice - and always get written confirmation of the expected fees and charging structure before your attorney starts work.

 

FAQ on Hiring an Estate Planning Lawyer

 

1 - Do I really need an estate planning attorney? Can’t I just write my will myself?

 

Yes, of course, you can if you wish. You can buy ready-made will templates to help you with this and if your affairs are very straightforward, this may be sufficient.

 

However, if you have young children or difficult family dynamics, or if you have business interests or multiple properties, you should consult an estate planning attorney at least in the first instance. They will advise you on how they could help, and you can then make an informed decision on whether or not to hire an estate planning lawyer.

 

The other problem with doing without an estate planning attorney is that people often just don’t get round to writing a will themselves, because, let’s face it, it’s not a fun activity, and one that we try to avoid thinking about.

 

If you die intestate - without a will - your property and assets will still be distributed to your next of kin, but this process will follow standard rules which may or may not match what you would have 

 

liked to see happen. By hiring an estate planning attorney now, you can have peace of mind for the future.

 

2 - What is power of attorney and why do I need to set it up?

 

Power of attorney is a complex area of law, but setting up power of attorney can bring great peace of mind and it is often part of the estate planning process.

 

Essentially power of attorney is a legal document in which you invest someone else (the agent) with the power to make certain decisions on your behalf should you be unable to make those decisions yourself. 

 

Typically, you might grant someone you trust, often a relative, power of attorney to make financial decisions on your behalf, and/or to make medical decisions and decisions about your care, should you become incapacitated for whatever reason.

 

A good estate planning attorney will explain the various power of attorney options to you and will set them up as required. Although you don’t have to have this safeguard in place, it does bring peace of mind that should you develop advanced dementia, for example, someone you trust will be able to take care of your interests. 

 

3 - What is a Living Will and do I need one?

 

A Living Will is a document created while you are of sound mind setting out exactly what you wish to happen to you should you be medically incapacitated or nearing the end of life. For example, it may specify the circumstances under which you would or would not wish to be resuscitated and circumstances in which you would or would not wish to receive life-sustaining treatment. It can also cover issues such as tube feeding, mechanical ventilation, and organ donation.

 

A Living Will differs from power of attorney because it directly expresses your wishes, rather than delegating those decisions to your agent.

 

Setting up a living will is a profound experience and you should consult an estate planning attorney to help guide you through the process. An estate planning lawyer will also advise you on the differences between a living will and power of attorney, and which option might be best for you.

 

You do not have to create a Living Will, but doing so would relieve the pressure on your family members should the worst happen, as they would not have to guess - and potentially disagree with one another - about what you might have wanted.

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