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5 hours ago Answer (1 of 5): Some attorneys will keep a copy of a last will and testament as part of their records while other will not and it most likley depend on the policy of the individual attorney or their law firm and the circumstances involved. Most attorneys will have an electronic copy of the unsi

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8 hours ago At Gudorf Law, we recommend that clients store their own estate plans in a home safe or a fire-resistant box that can be purchased at Walmart or a similar store, for the reasons identified below. Our office also scans and makes a copy of all estate planning documents.

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5 hours ago 0 attorneys agreed. Typically your prior attorney's files will be maintained so they can be accessed for a period of 5 years. Most lawyers keep at least an electronic copy of the wills they prepare, but be advised that the copies are not signed and therefore cannot be probated. They could provide some evidence in a will contest, but an unsigned

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6 hours ago Answer (1 of 4): Most lawyers who routinely do estate planning keep a fireproof, waterproof safe in their offices. And in that safe, they keep original versions of wills. But not all lawyers do this. Also, it is not uncommon for a lawyer to die or move along, or for family members to have no idea

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7 hours ago Posted on Oct 1, 2012. While it certainly is common for lawyers to keep copies of signed wills either electronically or on paper, the practice isn't uniform. If the lawyer who prepared the will doesn't have the original, it could be anywhere from a safe deposit box, to a drawer, or in the freezer. Of course, your father also could have lost or

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9 hours ago In sum, when a lawyer agrees to preserve an original will, the lawyer should make every effort to clarify precisely what the lawyer will and will not do in the event of the client’s death. The understanding between lawyer and client should be confirmed in a detailed memo, a copy of which is given to the client.

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140 305-3908 hours ago If your attorney does not answer your calls or answer your questions, the best thing you can do is to hire another attorney. Camilo A. Espinosa 3101 Indian Creek Drive, Suite 207 Miami Beach, FL 33140 305-390-0450 [email protected] This advice does not create an attorney client relationship.

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6 hours ago I previously blogged about 5 Things You Can Do to Help Your Divorce Attorney Keep Your Attorneys’ Fees Down and offer here 5 more things you can do to help reduce legal expenses. Do a weekly call or email to your attorney with your questions and concerns. Obviously an emergency or crisis requires immediate contact; but for most people, an

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3 hours ago The limited or nonexistent discovery can also be a negative, since courts would ordinarily allow clients to obtain relevant information from the law firm, including records that may be used to verify time entries or expenses, and attorney work product that the law firm has otherwise chosen to withhold.

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5 hours ago Hired Lawyer About 6 in 10 readers hired a lawyer to help them prepare their estate planning documents. Hiring a Lawyer Versus DIY Estate Planning. It certainly is possible to create a will and other basic estate planning documents without a lawyer. In fact, more than a third (39%) of the readers in our survey went the do-it-yourself route (most of them with the help of software, such as

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8 hours ago For contested divorces, our hourly rate is $125, about half the price of the average New York lawyer.” To locate a low-cost lawyer in your area, ask your court to refer you to one. Many government-sponsored organizations can also refer you to low-cost lawyers if you do not meet their requirements for free representation.

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Just Now The attorney-client relationship is a fiduciary relationship and, just as in other fiduciary relationship, the attorney’s dealings with the beneficiary – the client – are subject to special legal scrutiny. As one Illinois court has put it: The law places special obligations upon an attorney by virtue of the relationship

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Just Now As an attorney with more than 35 years of practice of probate law in New York State, I strongly disagree. A lawyer should not be the custodian of such an important document as a will.

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2 hours ago The lawyer keeps this money in a trust account and uses it for fees and expenses. The lawyer bills you periodically and takes the amount you owe from the retainer. The lawyer may bill you monthly, or at the end of each stage of your case, or at the end of your case. When the retainer falls below a certain level, the lawyer asks you for more money.

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8 hours ago Here are “specific things you can do before and after you hire a lawyer to help keep legal costs down.” “Shop carefully. One of the best ways to ensure you won’t pay more for legal services than you should is by hiring the right attorney at the start. To do that, you need to shop carefully—much as you would for any big purchase.

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1. Offering client-centeredlegal services often starts with your pricing and fees and rethinking the traditional hourly-billing model. When it comes to law firm pricing, you’ve got more room to test and try things out now than ever before, and plenty of attorneys are seeing success with alternative models. There are a variety of pricing models that will align your fees and income with the goals of your clients and all of them are built around encouraging your firm to be both effective and efficient in delivering value to your clients. At the same time, your law firm’s pricing & fees won’t live in a vacuum and must fit into your firm’s overall finance and profitabilitystrategy and with competitive solutions in your marketplace. Setting your pricing requires that you understand the valueof your work. Value will mean different things to different clients. One client will find emotional value in the relief you can give them in a matter, while another will get financial value through a cont...

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8 hours ago Attorney Consultation Fee. In some law firms, the initial consultation for legal advice is free. You won't find a fixed average rate, but you may see discounted attorney consultation fees of $50 to $100 for the first hour. In most cases, you'll need to pay a legal consultation fee before they give you personal advice since every case has so many variables.

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Just Now When engaging the services of a lawyer or a law firm, one of the first questions that often arises is whether you can afford the attorney’s fees. Paying for a lawyer can be expensive, but there are several options available that can help you pay for your legal fees.

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1 hours ago Lawyer Billing: Flat Fee Plus. What I refer to as “flat fee plus” involves charging a flat fee for a project with a limited scope and then charging the client your hourly rate for any work performed beyond that. This is what I currently charge to file a trademark with the USPTO — a flat fee to do a trademark search and submit the

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5 hours ago The lawyer needs to revisit the case and do much of the prep work a second time. When you case is planned to be lengthy, it involves more time overall. A set fee structure or retainer fee might be a better option because you can get a lower rate, while still having the work being done.

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7 hours ago Make sure to keep the will in a safe place. The will’s executor should know where you keep your will. If you decide to get legal assistance, you can leave a copy of your will in the lawyer’s hands. The takeaway. While it’s possible to create a will without a

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2 hours ago The cost of your lawyer will be based on the reason why you need a lawyer (type of law practiced), the level of experience your lawyer has, your geographic location, and more. The average cost for most people who need a lawyer for regular cases will be $200–$400 …

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5 hours ago Consumer Pamphlet: Attorney’s Fees. Lawyers base their fees on different facts, including the difficulty of a particular legal task, the amount of time involved, the experience and skill of the lawyer in the particular area of law and the lawyer’s cost of doing business. The cost of doing business, referred to as overhead, usually includes

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5 hours ago The law gives people in divorce, legal separation or annulment cases the right to ask the judge to order one side to pay the other side’s lawyer’s fees (attorney’s fees) and costs. The purpose of an order for lawyer’s fees is not to punish one side or reward the other, but to even the playing field so both sides can have access to a lawyer.

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4 hours ago The lawyer is paid a set fee, often based on the lawyer's hourly rate multiplied by a certain number of hours. The retainer is usually placed in a trust account and the cost of services is deducted from that account as they accrue. Many retainer fees are non-refundable, but this can be invalidated if the fee is deemed unreasonable by a court.

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1. When you write a letter to a law firm, your name and address should be at the top of the page, on the right hand side. Underneath that, on the left hand side, write the date, the name of the law firm, and its address. If you know the name of the lawyer who is running the case, you could put their name above the law firm's name. Always include the date you are signing/sending the letter. A date is important because: 1. it can help you prove when you sent the letter 2. a date can be used to identify the document. For example, if you call the law firm about your letter you can ask them if they have received your letter 'dated 10 January 2011'. For example:

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Do lawyers keep copies of last wills and testament?

Some attorneys will keep a copy of a last will and testament as part of their records while other will not and it most likley depend on the policy of the individual attorney or their law firm and the circumstances involved.

How much does it cost to get a copy of will?

For a fee of five dollars, the judge will retain the original will and give you a certificate of deposit (receipt) for the will, stating the name of the drafting attorney and executor. While you are alive, the court will deliver your will only to you at your request, or to a person you authorize.

How much does it cost to hire a will attorney?

You'll often find attorneys willing to charge all-inclusive, flat-rate fees for simple projects ranging from $700 for an uncontested divorce to $1,000 for writing a prenup. Hiring a lawyer on a flat-rate basis to create a simple will costs $300, while a will for more complex estates may be $1,200 to write.

Can you afford the attorney's fees?

When engaging the services of a lawyer or a law firm, one of the first questions that often arises is whether you can afford the attorney’s fees. Paying for a lawyer can be expensive, but there are several options available that can help you pay for your legal fees.

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