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.

Pettis Webber Pacific P.S.
1500 D St.
Vancouver, WA 98663

At Pettis Webber Pacific P.S. we take a unique approach to enhancing the quality of our client's lives. We see ourselves as champions for our clients helping them protect what they have spent a lifetime accumulating. Our objective is to use the depth of our experience and legal knowledge to create a compassionate approach and handcrafted plan to resolve our… Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(360) 696-2069

Pettis Webber Pacific P.S.
1500 D St.
Vancouver, WA 98663

At Pettis Webber Pacific P.S. we take a unique approach to enhancing the quality of our client's lives. We see ourselves as champions for our clients helping them protect what they have spent a lifetime accumulating. Our objective is to use the depth of our experience and legal knowledge to create a compassionate approach and handcrafted plan to resolve our… Unclaimed: Claim this business

Probate Florida Estate
16614 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618

We specialize in all type of wills, probate and estate planning and estate settlement cases.

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Phone(813) 787-9900

Probate Florida Estate
16614 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618

We specialize in all type of wills, probate and estate planning and estate settlement cases.

Roman Aminov Esq.
1600 Avenue M
Brooklyn, NY 11230

Roman Aminov is an award winning estate, probate, elder law, medicaid planning, wills and trusts attorney with several offices across New York City & Brooklyn. Roman Aminov enjoys a coveted 10.0 Superb Rating on AVVO and is also rated a Super Lawyer by Martindale-Hubble. Call The Law Offices Of Roman Aminov Today to schedule a free consultation and secure your… Unclaimed: Claim this business

5.0
3 Verified Reviews

Phone(347) 766-2682

Roman Aminov Esq.
1600 Avenue M
Brooklyn, NY 11230

Roman Aminov is an award winning estate, probate, elder law, medicaid planning, wills and trusts attorney with several offices across New York City & Brooklyn. Roman Aminov enjoys a coveted 10.0 Superb Rating on AVVO and is also rated a Super Lawyer by Martindale-Hubble. Call The Law Offices Of Roman Aminov Today to schedule a free consultation and secure your… Unclaimed: Claim this business

Tarta Law
700 Godwin Avenue
Suite 330
Midland Park, NJ 7432

Steven W. Tarta, Esq. brings more than 45 years of professional experience to his practice, with a sophisticated focus on Estate Tax Planning, Living Trusts and Elder Law. Tarta Law is limited to comprehensive estate planning and asset preservation. We offer world class expertise with a personal touch. Unclaimed: Claim this business

5.0
8 Verified Reviews

Phone(201) 444-8448

Tarta Law
700 Godwin Avenue
Suite 330
Midland Park, NJ 7432

Steven W. Tarta, Esq. brings more than 45 years of professional experience to his practice, with a sophisticated focus on Estate Tax Planning, Living Trusts and Elder Law. Tarta Law is limited to comprehensive estate planning and asset preservation. We offer world class expertise with a personal touch. Unclaimed: Claim this business

William R. Long, Attorney at Law
2250 Hospital Drive
Suite 216
Bossier City, LA 71111

Living with an injury or illness that prevents you from working can be difficult financially and emotionally. Doing battle with a workers' compensation insurer or the Social Security Administration can be too much to handle on your own. To protect your interests and your future, you need an experienced attorney by your side. Unclaimed: Claim this business

4.8
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(318) 562-1440

William R. Long, Attorney at Law
2250 Hospital Drive
Suite 216
Bossier City, LA 71111

Living with an injury or illness that prevents you from working can be difficult financially and emotionally. Doing battle with a workers' compensation insurer or the Social Security Administration can be too much to handle on your own. To protect your interests and your future, you need an experienced attorney by your side. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Yorkshire Financial Planning Ltd
Livingstone Road
Hessle, England HU13 0EG

An all-female team of financial advisors in East Yorkshire, giving advice you can trust. At Yorkshire Financial Planning, we are proud to be clear about our philosophy. Whoever you are, whatever you do, this is what you can expect from us. We pride ourselves on putting you first, keeping things simple and being straight talkers. So if that's what you're… Unclaimed: Claim this business

4.9
10 Verified Reviews

Phone441482275540

Yorkshire Financial Planning Ltd
Livingstone Road
Hessle, England HU13 0EG

An all-female team of financial advisors in East Yorkshire, giving advice you can trust. At Yorkshire Financial Planning, we are proud to be clear about our philosophy. Whoever you are, whatever you do, this is what you can expect from us. We pride ourselves on putting you first, keeping things simple and being straight talkers. So if that's what you're… Unclaimed: Claim this business

GPS Law Group
8210 University Executive Park Drive
Suite #240
Charlotte, NC 28262

GPS Law Group is a general practice law firm located in the University City area of Charlotte, NC. Our practice has a focus in residential and commercial real estate throughout the state, family law and civil litigation in the greater Charlotte metro area. Service Areas/Products/Brands Offered: residential and commercial real estate, family law including divorce and child custody, civil litigation,… Unclaimed: Claim this business

4.3
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(704) 549-1950

GPS Law Group
8210 University Executive Park Drive
Suite #240
Charlotte, NC 28262

GPS Law Group is a general practice law firm located in the University City area of Charlotte, NC. Our practice has a focus in residential and commercial real estate throughout the state, family law and civil litigation in the greater Charlotte metro area. Service Areas/Products/Brands Offered: residential and commercial real estate, family law including divorce and child custody, civil litigation,… Unclaimed: Claim this business

Kramer Radin, LLP
280 Second Street
Suite 100
Los Altos, CA 94022

Established in 1995, Kramer Radin, LLP is a law firm dedicated to the practice of estate planning, probate, trust administration, conservatorships and all related aspects of estate management including trust and estate litigation. Our attorneys advise regarding related issues including gifting, charitable giving, business succession planning, prevention of elder abuse, Medi-Cal planning, and dispute resolution. Unclaimed: Claim this business

4.4
7 Verified Reviews

Phone(650) 941-8600

Kramer Radin, LLP
280 Second Street
Suite 100
Los Altos, CA 94022

Established in 1995, Kramer Radin, LLP is a law firm dedicated to the practice of estate planning, probate, trust administration, conservatorships and all related aspects of estate management including trust and estate litigation. Our attorneys advise regarding related issues including gifting, charitable giving, business succession planning, prevention of elder abuse, Medi-Cal planning, and dispute resolution. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Albanese Law, LLC
487 Adams St
Milton, MA 2186

Albanese Law, LLC, provides experienced service in complex areas of estate planning, including guardianships and conservatorships, wills and trusts, probate, elder law, Medicaid planning, asset protection and other matters. Attorney Matthew Albanese strives to help each client accomplish immediate and long-term estate planning goals.

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Phone(617) 698-2100

Albanese Law, LLC
487 Adams St
Milton, MA 2186

Albanese Law, LLC, provides experienced service in complex areas of estate planning, including guardianships and conservatorships, wills and trusts, probate, elder law, Medicaid planning, asset protection and other matters. Attorney Matthew Albanese strives to help each client accomplish immediate and long-term estate planning goals.

Albertson & Davidson LLP
3491 Concours St
#201
Ontario, CA 91764

Keith A. Davidson is an experienced trial lawyer for Albertson & Davidson who focuses his practice on Trust, Will, Estate, and Probate litigation. For over a decade, Mr. Davidson has passionately sought to help his clients resolve their legal problems and fight hard for their rights in Court. He enjoys thinking creatively to position cases for trial. His practice includes…

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Phone(909) 466-1711

Albertson & Davidson LLP
3491 Concours St
#201
Ontario, CA 91764

Keith A. Davidson is an experienced trial lawyer for Albertson & Davidson who focuses his practice on Trust, Will, Estate, and Probate litigation. For over a decade, Mr. Davidson has passionately sought to help his clients resolve their legal problems and fight hard for their rights in Court. He enjoys thinking creatively to position cases for trial. His practice includes…

Albertson & Davidson, LLP - Bay Area
555 Twin Dolphin Dr.
Ste 130
Redwood City, CA 94065

Albertson & Davidson, LLP is a San Fracisco Bay Area Trust, Will, Estate, and Probate litigation law firm. Our San Francisco Bay Area trust and estate attorneys provide solution-oriented counsel and representation designed to effectively address our clients legal goals.

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Phone(650) 596-9999

Albertson & Davidson, LLP - Bay Area
555 Twin Dolphin Dr.
Ste 130
Redwood City, CA 94065

Albertson & Davidson, LLP is a San Fracisco Bay Area Trust, Will, Estate, and Probate litigation law firm. Our San Francisco Bay Area trust and estate attorneys provide solution-oriented counsel and representation designed to effectively address our clients legal goals.

Albertson & Davidson, LLP - Inheritance Attorneys
2175 Salk Ave
#190
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Keith A. Davidson is an experienced San Diego & Carlsbad trial lawyer for Albertson & Davidson who focuses his practice on Trust, Will, Estate, and Probate litigation. For over a decade, Mr. Davidson has passionately sought to help his clients resolve their legal problems and fight hard for their rights in Court. He enjoys thinking creatively to position cases for…

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Phone(760) 537-6612

Albertson & Davidson, LLP - Inheritance Attorneys
2175 Salk Ave
#190
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Keith A. Davidson is an experienced San Diego & Carlsbad trial lawyer for Albertson & Davidson who focuses his practice on Trust, Will, Estate, and Probate litigation. For over a decade, Mr. Davidson has passionately sought to help his clients resolve their legal problems and fight hard for their rights in Court. He enjoys thinking creatively to position cases for…

Alexander S. Buchanan, PLLC
30 Temple St
Suite 201
Nashua, NH 3060

I have been an attorney in the Nashua NH area for over 30 years. My firm concentrates in three primary areas: Estate Planning (trusts and wills), Real Estate (closings, title searches, etc.) and Business Law (company formations, contracts). In every case, I provide well-founded answers, personalized advice and assistance aimed at achieving intended outcomes efficiently and effectively. Most of my…

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Phone(603) 882-5129

Alexander S. Buchanan, PLLC
30 Temple St
Suite 201
Nashua, NH 3060

I have been an attorney in the Nashua NH area for over 30 years. My firm concentrates in three primary areas: Estate Planning (trusts and wills), Real Estate (closings, title searches, etc.) and Business Law (company formations, contracts). In every case, I provide well-founded answers, personalized advice and assistance aimed at achieving intended outcomes efficiently and effectively. Most of my…

Allender & Allender
719 Garden St
Titusville, FL 32796

At the law firm of Allender & Allender, our lawyers provide legal counsel for families of all ages. In particular, we focus on the challenges of growing older, and helping you and your loved ones plan for your next steps. We are committed to ensuring that your assets are protected, making long-term care arrangements if needed and providing you with…

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Phone(321) 269-1511

Allender & Allender
719 Garden St
Titusville, FL 32796

At the law firm of Allender & Allender, our lawyers provide legal counsel for families of all ages. In particular, we focus on the challenges of growing older, and helping you and your loved ones plan for your next steps. We are committed to ensuring that your assets are protected, making long-term care arrangements if needed and providing you with…

Amy Burger - Burger Law Offices
3035 East Stonefield Drive
Oak Creek, WI 53154

Attorney Amy Burger represents individuals in car accidents, bike accidents, and other personal injury matters as well as individuals in employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases. Attorney Burger also offers personalized and affordable estate planning services.

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Phone(414) 852-1532

Amy Burger - Burger Law Offices
3035 East Stonefield Drive
Oak Creek, WI 53154

Attorney Amy Burger represents individuals in car accidents, bike accidents, and other personal injury matters as well as individuals in employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases. Attorney Burger also offers personalized and affordable estate planning services.

Andersen PLLC
17015 N Scottsdale Rd
#225
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Our attorneys at ANDERSEN PLLC will help you explore all options to protect your family, your assets and your legacy. Our goal is to help you understand your legal options and provide tenacious representation from start to finish. We will learn about your situation and your objectives in the case to create a tailored plan that will help us achieve…

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Phone(480) 900-3539

Andersen PLLC
17015 N Scottsdale Rd
#225
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Our attorneys at ANDERSEN PLLC will help you explore all options to protect your family, your assets and your legacy. Our goal is to help you understand your legal options and provide tenacious representation from start to finish. We will learn about your situation and your objectives in the case to create a tailored plan that will help us achieve…

Arizona Estate Planning Attorneys
4900 North Scottsdale Road
Suite 1300
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Our Scottsdale Arizona estate planning attorneys are committed to serving our clients in protecting their and their families financial future through the custom creation of estate plans that fit our clients' unique needs. We are conveniently located in the heart of Scottsdale Arizona. Call today to discuss your estate planning needs.

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Phone(480) 305-8301

Arizona Estate Planning Attorneys
4900 North Scottsdale Road
Suite 1300
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Our Scottsdale Arizona estate planning attorneys are committed to serving our clients in protecting their and their families financial future through the custom creation of estate plans that fit our clients' unique needs. We are conveniently located in the heart of Scottsdale Arizona. Call today to discuss your estate planning needs.

atCAUSE Law Office
131 N Garden Ave
Clearwater, FL 33755

atCAUSE Law Office in Clearwater, FL offers personalized services that help small businesses and individuals like you navigate the legal system stress-free! Whether your business needs help drafting contracts, upholding intellectual property rights, regulatory compliance, or labor law, we're here for you. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(727) 477-2255

atCAUSE Law Office
131 N Garden Ave
Clearwater, FL 33755

atCAUSE Law Office in Clearwater, FL offers personalized services that help small businesses and individuals like you navigate the legal system stress-free! Whether your business needs help drafting contracts, upholding intellectual property rights, regulatory compliance, or labor law, we're here for you. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Atlanta Wills + Trusts Law Group by Refeca Law, LLC
3005 Royal Blvd S
Suite 130
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Atlanta Wills + Trusts is a different kind of estate planning law firm - this was intentional. While we have the knowledge, experience, and team to help our clients prepare a will, a trust, powers of attorney and other important documents to protect their family, our goal is not just to provide our client with a packet of documents and…

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Phone(770) 508-6525

Atlanta Wills + Trusts Law Group by Refeca Law, LLC
3005 Royal Blvd S
Suite 130
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Atlanta Wills + Trusts is a different kind of estate planning law firm - this was intentional. While we have the knowledge, experience, and team to help our clients prepare a will, a trust, powers of attorney and other important documents to protect their family, our goal is not just to provide our client with a packet of documents and…

Bartelt Grob, S.C.
6300 University Ave
Suite 200
Middleton, WI 53562

At Bartelt Grob, S.C., we have a singular focus: To help you meet your goals. This may mean we see that your business is set up in the way that makes the most sense: Your liabilities are minimized, your assets protected and you are structured for success. It may mean we find a creative solution to your real estate or…

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Phone(608) 663-5600

Bartelt Grob, S.C.
6300 University Ave
Suite 200
Middleton, WI 53562

At Bartelt Grob, S.C., we have a singular focus: To help you meet your goals. This may mean we see that your business is set up in the way that makes the most sense: Your liabilities are minimized, your assets protected and you are structured for success. It may mean we find a creative solution to your real estate or…

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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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