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.

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…

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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…

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) 265-9165

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…

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…

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.

Butler Estate Planning
406 East Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282

Located in beautiful Tempe Arizona, Butler Law Office has been established since 1984. We provide quality representation for reasonable and affordable fees. We provide services such as estate planning, probate and estate administration, guardianships, conservatorships, and other legal services to individuals, families, and businesses in the Tempe Arizona area. We also provide these services in Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise…

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Phone(480) 921-0626

Butler Estate Planning
406 East Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282

Located in beautiful Tempe Arizona, Butler Law Office has been established since 1984. We provide quality representation for reasonable and affordable fees. We provide services such as estate planning, probate and estate administration, guardianships, conservatorships, and other legal services to individuals, families, and businesses in the Tempe Arizona area. We also provide these services in Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise…

Canavan Law, PLC
3430 E Sunrise Dr
#130
Tucson, AZ 85718

At Canavan Law PLC, Tucson clients can find compassionate support and knowledgeable guidance from an attorney with experience and passion for client needs. You will receive personal attention and work directly with lawyer Bryan Canavan, Esq., from start to finish. We are also proud to offer all legal services in Spanish. Our goal is to provide qualified assistance to clients…

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Phone(520) 355-3920

Canavan Law, PLC
3430 E Sunrise Dr
#130
Tucson, AZ 85718

At Canavan Law PLC, Tucson clients can find compassionate support and knowledgeable guidance from an attorney with experience and passion for client needs. You will receive personal attention and work directly with lawyer Bryan Canavan, Esq., from start to finish. We are also proud to offer all legal services in Spanish. Our goal is to provide qualified assistance to clients…

Dana Law Group
7254 E Southern Ave
Suite 121
Mesa, AZ 85209

Dana Law Group is an experienced estate planning law firm focusing on wills, revocable living trusts, durable powers of attorney, probate, trust administration, and asset protection planning. We offer a free initial consultation with an estate planning lawyer who can help put a plan in place to protect your loved ones.

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Phone(480) 924-4557

Dana Law Group
7254 E Southern Ave
Suite 121
Mesa, AZ 85209

Dana Law Group is an experienced estate planning law firm focusing on wills, revocable living trusts, durable powers of attorney, probate, trust administration, and asset protection planning. We offer a free initial consultation with an estate planning lawyer who can help put a plan in place to protect your loved ones.

Dana Law Group
17220 N Boswell Blvd
Suite 103
Sun City, AZ 85373

Dana Law Group is a Sun City estate planning law firm with attorneys who dedicate themselves to practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Wills, and Probate. With years of experience, we provide ourselves on providing a high quality service at an affordable price. With offices throughout Arizona, we have several attorneys and locations to provide convenience to…

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Phone(623) 972-2388

Dana Law Group
17220 N Boswell Blvd
Suite 103
Sun City, AZ 85373

Dana Law Group is a Sun City estate planning law firm with attorneys who dedicate themselves to practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Wills, and Probate. With years of experience, we provide ourselves on providing a high quality service at an affordable price. With offices throughout Arizona, we have several attorneys and locations to provide convenience to…

Dana Law Group
700 S Montezuma St
#220
Prescott, AZ 86303

Dana Law Group is a team of attorneys who practice exclusively in the areas of estate planning, trust administration, probate, and asset protection planning. With locations throughout the valley, we provide a high level of service at a location convenient for you.

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Phone(928) 445-4440

Dana Law Group
700 S Montezuma St
#220
Prescott, AZ 86303

Dana Law Group is a team of attorneys who practice exclusively in the areas of estate planning, trust administration, probate, and asset protection planning. With locations throughout the valley, we provide a high level of service at a location convenient for you.

Gryphon Advisors
13236 N 7th St
4-269
Phoenix, AZ 85022

At Gryphon Advisors, we help clients create and maintain a family legacy, helping ensure your stories, values and wealth are maintained according to your wishes.

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Phone(602) 492-6247

Gryphon Advisors
13236 N 7th St
4-269
Phoenix, AZ 85022

At Gryphon Advisors, we help clients create and maintain a family legacy, helping ensure your stories, values and wealth are maintained according to your wishes.

Hirschi Law, PLLC
20325 N 51st Ave
#176
Glendale, AZ 85308

Attorneys in Glendale, AZ offering Estate Planning services including wills, trusts & probate. We also offer Trademark search and filing and can handle all your Small Business Law needs including LLC formations and partnership agreements. We also offer income tax preparation.

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Phone(602) 346-3409

Hirschi Law, PLLC
20325 N 51st Ave
#176
Glendale, AZ 85308

Attorneys in Glendale, AZ offering Estate Planning services including wills, trusts & probate. We also offer Trademark search and filing and can handle all your Small Business Law needs including LLC formations and partnership agreements. We also offer income tax preparation.

Kinghorn Heritage Law Group, PLC
3573 E Sunrise Dr
#209
Tucson, AZ 85718

At Kinghorn Heritage Law Group, PLC, our mission is to empower families and individuals to make important decisions and take action to ensure their loved ones are protected when death or incapacity strike. Estate planning and elder law attorney Kevin Kinghorn has earned an outstanding reputation among clients and peers in helping families in Southern Arizona. As a full-service estate…

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Phone(520) 529-4000

Kinghorn Heritage Law Group, PLC
3573 E Sunrise Dr
#209
Tucson, AZ 85718

At Kinghorn Heritage Law Group, PLC, our mission is to empower families and individuals to make important decisions and take action to ensure their loved ones are protected when death or incapacity strike. Estate planning and elder law attorney Kevin Kinghorn has earned an outstanding reputation among clients and peers in helping families in Southern Arizona. As a full-service estate…

Law Office of David I. Karp
5405 N Oracle Rd
# 101
Tucson, AZ 85704

We take a unique client-centered approach to our planning. As an estate planning colleague once said, “Estate planning is about people and stuff. It's the stuff that drives people to plan, but good planning is about the people you love and the people who rely on you.” Our practice focuses on protecting your loved ones and making things as easy…

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Phone(520) 395-1551

Law Office of David I. Karp
5405 N Oracle Rd
# 101
Tucson, AZ 85704

We take a unique client-centered approach to our planning. As an estate planning colleague once said, “Estate planning is about people and stuff. It's the stuff that drives people to plan, but good planning is about the people you love and the people who rely on you.” Our practice focuses on protecting your loved ones and making things as easy…

McDonald Warner
16421 N Tatum Blvd
Suite 207
Phoenix, AZ 85032

The Law Offices of Kelly J. McDonald, PLLC, in Phoenix is here to help you solve your complex estate planning, probate, guardianship and conservatorship questions. Our legal team collectively has more than 50 years of legal experience, and we know what is necessary to help you keep your case moving forward in a positive direction. We offer free, half-hour consultations…

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Phone(480) 525-8551

McDonald Warner
16421 N Tatum Blvd
Suite 207
Phoenix, AZ 85032

The Law Offices of Kelly J. McDonald, PLLC, in Phoenix is here to help you solve your complex estate planning, probate, guardianship and conservatorship questions. Our legal team collectively has more than 50 years of legal experience, and we know what is necessary to help you keep your case moving forward in a positive direction. We offer free, half-hour consultations…

Morris Hall, PLLC
7600 N 16th St
Ste 105
Phoenix, AZ 85020

For more than 45 years, our attorneys have been providing the highest quality estate planning services for individuals and families in Arizona and New Mexico. We are recognized as one of the leading law firms people rely on to protect the wealth they spent a lifetime creating.

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Phone(888) 222-1328

Morris Hall, PLLC
7600 N 16th St
Ste 105
Phoenix, AZ 85020

For more than 45 years, our attorneys have been providing the highest quality estate planning services for individuals and families in Arizona and New Mexico. We are recognized as one of the leading law firms people rely on to protect the wealth they spent a lifetime creating.

Morris Hall, PLLC
3300 N Central Ave
#900
Phoenix, AZ 85012

For more than 45 years, our attorneys have been providing the highest quality estate planning services for individuals and families in Arizona and New Mexico. We are recognized as one of the leading law firms people rely on to protect the wealth they spent a lifetime creating.

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Phone(602) 249-1328

Morris Hall, PLLC
3300 N Central Ave
#900
Phoenix, AZ 85012

For more than 45 years, our attorneys have been providing the highest quality estate planning services for individuals and families in Arizona and New Mexico. We are recognized as one of the leading law firms people rely on to protect the wealth they spent a lifetime creating.

Silverman Law Offices
4450 S Rural Rd
Suite C-120
Tempe, AZ 85282

Silverman Law Offices, estate and business attorneys, offers legal expertise and counsel and provides state-of-the-art estate-planning and trust tools, personalized one-on-one client counseling, ongoing client maintenance and a law firm that is both comfortable and comforting to our clients.

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Phone(480) 491-3216

Silverman Law Offices
4450 S Rural Rd
Suite C-120
Tempe, AZ 85282

Silverman Law Offices, estate and business attorneys, offers legal expertise and counsel and provides state-of-the-art estate-planning and trust tools, personalized one-on-one client counseling, ongoing client maintenance and a law firm that is both comfortable and comforting to our clients.

Sorrell Law Firm, PLC
7575 E Redfield Rd
#217
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Many people die without a plan for who will inherit their wealth, run their business, or manage their affairs. A lack of planning leads to the high costs of proving a will in court and can divide your family in a time of grief. We've seen first-hand the issues created by a lack of planning and that's why for over…

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Phone(480) 776-6055

Sorrell Law Firm, PLC
7575 E Redfield Rd
#217
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Many people die without a plan for who will inherit their wealth, run their business, or manage their affairs. A lack of planning leads to the high costs of proving a will in court and can divide your family in a time of grief. We've seen first-hand the issues created by a lack of planning and that's why for over…

The Owens Law Firm, PLC
200 W Frontier St
Ste. L
Payson, AZ 85541

The Owens Law Firm is a full-service law firm conveniently located in Payson, Arizona. We represent clients in a wide range of practice areas throughout Arizona and Nevada, in state and federal courts, as well as on the Navajo Nation and in the Tonto Apache Tribal Court. Regardless of whether you are an individual or a large corporation, we are…

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Phone(928) 472-4303

The Owens Law Firm, PLC
200 W Frontier St
Ste. L
Payson, AZ 85541

The Owens Law Firm is a full-service law firm conveniently located in Payson, Arizona. We represent clients in a wide range of practice areas throughout Arizona and Nevada, in state and federal courts, as well as on the Navajo Nation and in the Tonto Apache Tribal Court. Regardless of whether you are an individual or a large corporation, we are…

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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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