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.

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

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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

Futterman, Lanza & Pasculli, LLP
222 E Main St
#314
Smithtown, NY 11787

Every person has the right to seek quality health care, and financial security should not be jeopardized by doing so. Additionally, all people have the right to protect their financial future and personal well-being. At the law offices of Futterman, Lanza & Pasculli, LLP, our skilled lawyers have over 10 years together exclusively handling elder law and estate planning cases,…

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Phone(631) 979-4300

Futterman, Lanza & Pasculli, LLP
222 E Main St
#314
Smithtown, NY 11787

Every person has the right to seek quality health care, and financial security should not be jeopardized by doing so. Additionally, all people have the right to protect their financial future and personal well-being. At the law offices of Futterman, Lanza & Pasculli, LLP, our skilled lawyers have over 10 years together exclusively handling elder law and estate planning cases,…

Futterman, Lanza & Pasculli, LLP
1 E Main St
#1
Bay Shore, NY 11706

Every person has the right to seek quality health care, and financial security should not be jeopardized by doing so. Additionally, all people have the right to protect their financial future and personal well-being. At the law offices of Futterman, Lanza & Pasculli, LLP, our skilled lawyers have over 10 years together exclusively handling elder law and estate planning cases,…

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Phone(631) 665-7400

Futterman, Lanza & Pasculli, LLP
1 E Main St
#1
Bay Shore, NY 11706

Every person has the right to seek quality health care, and financial security should not be jeopardized by doing so. Additionally, all people have the right to protect their financial future and personal well-being. At the law offices of Futterman, Lanza & Pasculli, LLP, our skilled lawyers have over 10 years together exclusively handling elder law and estate planning cases,…

Futterman, Lanza & Pasculli, LLP
70 Sunrise Hwy
Ste 500
Valley Stream, NY 11581

Every person has the right to seek quality health care, and financial security should not be jeopardized by doing so. Additionally, all people have the right to protect their financial future and personal well-being. At the law offices of Futterman, Lanza & Pasculli, LLP, our skilled lawyers have over 10 years together exclusively handling elder law and estate planning cases,…

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Phone(516) 837-3100

Futterman, Lanza & Pasculli, LLP
70 Sunrise Hwy
Ste 500
Valley Stream, NY 11581

Every person has the right to seek quality health care, and financial security should not be jeopardized by doing so. Additionally, all people have the right to protect their financial future and personal well-being. At the law offices of Futterman, Lanza & Pasculli, LLP, our skilled lawyers have over 10 years together exclusively handling elder law and estate planning cases,…

Lyons & Supple
92 E Main St
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

At Lyons & Supple, we understand that every case is unique. Our commitment to personal attention means that we will get to know you and your situation. If you are starting to think about protecting your financial estate for the future, talk to us. We promise a truly customized approach to your needs.

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Phone(845) 297-0600

Lyons & Supple
92 E Main St
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

At Lyons & Supple, we understand that every case is unique. Our commitment to personal attention means that we will get to know you and your situation. If you are starting to think about protecting your financial estate for the future, talk to us. We promise a truly customized approach to your needs.

Mark H. Weiss, P.C.
6165 Jericho Turnpike
Commack, NY 11725

Since 1979, the Commack law firm of Mark H. Weiss, P.C. has provided Long Island clients with highly personalized and professional legal service in the ares of elder law, estate planning, trusts, probate and laws pertaining to individuals with special needs.

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Phone(631) 462-5577

Mark H. Weiss, P.C.
6165 Jericho Turnpike
Commack, NY 11725

Since 1979, the Commack law firm of Mark H. Weiss, P.C. has provided Long Island clients with highly personalized and professional legal service in the ares of elder law, estate planning, trusts, probate and laws pertaining to individuals with special needs.

McGarry & Simon Estate Planning Attorney
140 E 45th St 44th Floor
New York, NY 10017

William A. Simon, Attorney at Law, has over 40 years of experience meeting the needs of people in the New York Metropolitan area for Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Estate Litigation. He considers client service to be his most important responsibility, which means not only competence in handling their matters, but also patience and care in helping them understand each…

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Phone(212) 867-1238

McGarry & Simon Estate Planning Attorney
140 E 45th St 44th Floor
New York, NY 10017

William A. Simon, Attorney at Law, has over 40 years of experience meeting the needs of people in the New York Metropolitan area for Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Estate Litigation. He considers client service to be his most important responsibility, which means not only competence in handling their matters, but also patience and care in helping them understand each…

McMahon Law Firm, Attorneys and Counselors at Law
3 Henry Beach Dr
Camillus, NY 13031

or more than 20 years, the McMahon Law Firm, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, has been providing peace of mind to families and senior citizens throughout upstate New York. Located in Camillus, a suburb of Syracuse, we help clients throughout upstate New York use estate planning tools to qualify for Medicaid, protect their property and transfer as much wealth as…

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Phone(315) 487-3724

McMahon Law Firm, Attorneys and Counselors at Law
3 Henry Beach Dr
Camillus, NY 13031

or more than 20 years, the McMahon Law Firm, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, has been providing peace of mind to families and senior citizens throughout upstate New York. Located in Camillus, a suburb of Syracuse, we help clients throughout upstate New York use estate planning tools to qualify for Medicaid, protect their property and transfer as much wealth as…

Meier Law Firm, PLLC
10 Utica Ave
Latham, NY 12110

Meier Law Firm, PLLC. can help you with wills, living wills, power of attorney, trusts, health care proxies, guardianship and other matters. Whether you're planning for the future or selling or buying real estate as part of your estate plan, we can provide thorough and reputable legal assistance.

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Phone(518) 313-7809

Meier Law Firm, PLLC
10 Utica Ave
Latham, NY 12110

Meier Law Firm, PLLC. can help you with wills, living wills, power of attorney, trusts, health care proxies, guardianship and other matters. Whether you're planning for the future or selling or buying real estate as part of your estate plan, we can provide thorough and reputable legal assistance.

Minko Law Office
1766 Cropsey Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11214

Minko Law Office

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Phone(718) 238-1727

Minko Law Office
1766 Cropsey Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11214

Minko Law Office

Regina Kiperman, RK Law PC
80 Maiden Ln
#304
New York, NY 10038

We are a boutique personal planning law firm. We focus on Estate Planning, Probate and Estate Administration, Guardianship (contested and uncontested), Estate Litigation, Elder Law, Kinship Hearings, and Special Needs Planning. Our goal is to maximize efficiency and minimize cost to you. Please call us at (917) 261-4514 or visit our website for more information.

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Phone(917) 261-4514

Regina Kiperman, RK Law PC
80 Maiden Ln
#304
New York, NY 10038

We are a boutique personal planning law firm. We focus on Estate Planning, Probate and Estate Administration, Guardianship (contested and uncontested), Estate Litigation, Elder Law, Kinship Hearings, and Special Needs Planning. Our goal is to maximize efficiency and minimize cost to you. Please call us at (917) 261-4514 or visit our website for more information.

Susan G. Parker Esq, P.C.
520 N State Rd
Suite 301 A
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Law firm provides expert assistance with estate planning, probate, estates,trusts, living trusts, elder law, Medicaid asset protection and business planning and agreements. We help clients get their assets titled correctly and beneficiary designation forms or co-ownership in place. We also provide tax and medicaid planning. For estate planning, special pricing on packages which which include preparation of will, durable power…

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Phone(914) 923-1600

Susan G. Parker Esq, P.C.
520 N State Rd
Suite 301 A
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Law firm provides expert assistance with estate planning, probate, estates,trusts, living trusts, elder law, Medicaid asset protection and business planning and agreements. We help clients get their assets titled correctly and beneficiary designation forms or co-ownership in place. We also provide tax and medicaid planning. For estate planning, special pricing on packages which which include preparation of will, durable power…

The Law Offices of Anthony J. Addeo
111 Conklin Street
Suite 1
Farmingdale, NY 11735

My law firm, The Law Offices of Anthony J. Addeo, functions on the principle that the success its clients is the top priority. I am a native of Farmingdale, New York, who has been providing high-quality representation and personal, committed service for more than 30 years.

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Phone(516) 249-4444

The Law Offices of Anthony J. Addeo
111 Conklin Street
Suite 1
Farmingdale, NY 11735

My law firm, The Law Offices of Anthony J. Addeo, functions on the principle that the success its clients is the top priority. I am a native of Farmingdale, New York, who has been providing high-quality representation and personal, committed service for more than 30 years.

The Law Offices of Mary A Miller, P. C.
520 White Plains Road
Suite 505
Tarrytown, NY 10591

The Law Offices of Mary A. Miller, P.C., an estate and elder law planning law firm in Westchester, New York, provides families quality estate planning, living trusts, wills, probate, trust administration, asset protection, special needs, and Medicaid planning resources.

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Phone(914) 939-6565

The Law Offices of Mary A Miller, P. C.
520 White Plains Road
Suite 505
Tarrytown, NY 10591

The Law Offices of Mary A. Miller, P.C., an estate and elder law planning law firm in Westchester, New York, provides families quality estate planning, living trusts, wills, probate, trust administration, asset protection, special needs, and Medicaid planning resources.

Albert Goodwin, Esq.
45 Broadway
27th Floor
New York, NY 10006

Albert Goodwin, Esq.

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Phone(212) 233-1233

Albert Goodwin, Esq.
45 Broadway
27th Floor
New York, NY 10006

Albert Goodwin, Esq.

Anthony F. Russo & Associates, P.C.
1975 Hempstead Turnpike
Suite 402
East Meadow, NY 11554

Anthony F. Russo & Associates, P.C. is a family-run law firm specializing in estate, Medicaid and long term care planning for local families in the Nassau, Suffolk and New York City areas. Our staff of attorneys and social workers are dedicated to taking a personal, hands-on approach to explain, in simple terms, the available options to meet your needs and… Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(516) 794-1100

Anthony F. Russo & Associates, P.C.
1975 Hempstead Turnpike
Suite 402
East Meadow, NY 11554

Anthony F. Russo & Associates, P.C. is a family-run law firm specializing in estate, Medicaid and long term care planning for local families in the Nassau, Suffolk and New York City areas. Our staff of attorneys and social workers are dedicated to taking a personal, hands-on approach to explain, in simple terms, the available options to meet your needs and… Unclaimed: Claim this business

Anthony S. Park PLLC
33 W 60th St 2nd Floor
f2
New York, NY 10023

Anthony S. Park PLLC

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Phone(212) 401-2990

Anthony S. Park PLLC
33 W 60th St 2nd Floor
f2
New York, NY 10023

Anthony S. Park PLLC

Armstrong & Lamberti, PLLC
900 South Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314

Armstrong & Lamberti, PLLC

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Phone(718) 477-7700

Armstrong & Lamberti, PLLC
900 South Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314

Armstrong & Lamberti, PLLC

Comerford Law Group
14 Vanderventer Ave
Suite 115
Port Washington, NY 11050

We provide Estate planning, Federal Tax Advice, Trust and estates, Wills, and Living wills. Proudly serving Port Washington NY-New York and surrounding areas. Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(516) 874-2181

Comerford Law Group
14 Vanderventer Ave
Suite 115
Port Washington, NY 11050

We provide Estate planning, Federal Tax Advice, Trust and estates, Wills, and Living wills. Proudly serving Port Washington NY-New York and surrounding areas. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Connors & Sulliva, P.C.
7408 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Our firm offers a wide range of estate planning, probate and elder law services on behalf of clients throughout the area.

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Phone(718) 238-6500

Connors & Sulliva, P.C.
7408 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Our firm offers a wide range of estate planning, probate and elder law services on behalf of clients throughout the area.

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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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