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West Haven Estate Planners

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Cartier & Bower, LLC
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sally Stafford Esborn
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Thank goodness for Attorneys Bower and Cartier, they helped us in all areas of my in laws estate. From start to finish they were by our side and made the process easier.

Paul Stephen Beeber Esq
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Vita B.
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Paul is an excellent Attorney who I have had the pleasure to work with and highly recommend to family friends and colleagues. He is always up to date on the latest changes in the laws and will fight for you. Thanks Paul for all you do for us.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel G.
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I went to WNML for help with my Estate Planning. Now I use them for all my legal needs!

  • 16 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Daniela N.
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I recently purchased my first home and was lucky to have Gary as my lawyer through this process. Gary was extremely detailed and helped me to completely understand the entire picture. He remained 100% dedicated until the very end, & I am very grateful for the extra time he put in. I HIGHLY recommend Gary and would refer him to anyone that needs a real estate lawyer in the Westchester area. You will not be disappointed!!! :)

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We offer estate planning services, including drafting of instruments and trust and estate administration. I am an attorney. My practice is limited to estate planning and administration. I am also a full-time professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

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Personal attention. When you call, you talk to me. If I am in the office, I pick up the phone and you speak to me, not an assistant, not a paralegal.

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Moira S. Laidlaw's practice focuses on strategic counsel and advocacy in the areas of estate planning, elder law, Medicaid planning and estate and trust administration. She advises in all aspects of this specialty including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills, promissory notes and Assisting with Medicaid applications. Ms. Laidlaw has substantial knowledge about how gifting strategies can be used to qualify for Medicaid, protect assets and minimize estate taxation. She focuses on helping clients address their unique needs and goals at various stages of life.

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I am an experienced probate, elder law, guardianship, and trust and estates attorney who is licensed in both CT and NY. My first consultation is always free, and I can come to you if needed.

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I'm an attorney with nearly 30 years of experience in real estate, both residential and commercial, and wills, trusts and estates.

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Serving Glastonbury, Connecticut, and the outlying areas, Richard Rake of Financial Resources, Inc. is offering the following services: insurance, investing, tax planning, retirement, estate planning, and wealth preservation.

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If you need help with any form of estate planning or litigation, then you need to turn to Novick & Associates, PC. Contact an estate litigation attorney in New York today to begin work on your case!

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I'm a real estate attorney who handles commercial and residential transactions, financing, disposition, leasing, wills, trusts and estates.

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Weatherby & Associates provides comprehensive estate planning, probate and trust administration, business planning, special needs planning, and elder law services to families throughout Connecticut. We take a close look at the unique needs of every individual, family or business to develop a truly individualized strategy that is sure to achieve their objectives. Furthermore, we put a system in place to ensure that our clients plan stay current with their life and changes in the law.

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Since 1979, the firm of Mark H. Weiss, P.C. has provide clients in Long Island with highly personalized and professional legal service. For the last 20 years, we have concentrated our practice on elder law and laws pertaining to individuals with special needs. We have developed a level of expertise in estate planning issues that promote the health, safety and welfare of vulnerable adults. We provide sound advice and reliable legal instruments, covering a wide range of issues, including: - Powers of attorney - Healthcare proxies - Living wills - Preparation of last wills - Establishment of trusts - Medicaid planning and application - Guardianships in Supreme Court and Surrogate Court - Probate - Avoiding probate - Estate administration

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The Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin P.C. has been providing personalized legal services with a focus on elder law, estate planning, and residential real estate for over six years. Located in Plainview, New York, the Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin P.C. is conveniently located to help Long Island residents with estate planning, probate law, elder law, wills and trusts, and more. Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin P.C. is dedicated to helping Long Island residents and their families with solutions to their legal needs and concerns. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What kind of lawyer does wills?

No one likes talking about death, but it’s better than leaving your children or siblings to sort out your estate. A clearly planned will can make the time of mourning easier for everyone. An estate attorney will develop a legal will, create trusts on your behalf, and ensure the proper execution of your estate after you pass away.  

Family attorneys and estate attorneys, also called probate and wills attorneys, can each prepare wills. The type of lawyer best suited to prepare your will depends on your situation. Most family attorneys provide services to prepare basic wills, including bequeathing property and personal items to family or naming a guardian for minor children. However, estate attorneys specialize in preparing wills in more complex situations. Consider hiring an estate attorney if you:

  • Have a large number of assets, especially those subject to estate taxes
  • Want to create a trust, such as allowing a spouse to live in your home until he or she dies and then leaving it to your children, or set up long-term care for a beneficiary
  • Have an ownership stake in a business
  • Expect someone to contest your will
  • Want to disinherit your spouse

How much does it cost to have a living will?

Either a family attorney or an estate, or wills, attorney can help you prepare a living will, either as part of your general estate planning or as an individual document. The cost typically ranges from $250 to $500, depending on your attorney’s fees; some charge by the hour, while others have a flat rate for writing a living will. Some states require living wills to be notarized, which adds an average of $5 to $15. In a living will — also called an advanced healthcare directive — you specify whether you want to be kept on life support if you become terminally ill or lapse into a persistent vegetative state. You can also answer other important questions in a living will like your preferences for tube feeding, artificial hydration and pain medication in situations when you cannot communicate your wishes on your own.

How do you find a good lawyer for wills?

Estate planning is an important part of financial planning, so it’s important to find the right attorney to prepare your will. Although most family attorneys can put together a basic will, you may want one who specializes in wills and estate planning, especially if you have a lot of assets or a dependent to take care of. You may need an attorney who has expertise in planning and executing trusts and a background in taxes. Ask how the attorney charges; some charge by the hour, others have a set fee for writing wills, and some charge a percentage of the total value of the estate. Make a list of several potential wills attorneys to interview. Make sure you make a strong personal connection with your attorney — you need to be comfortable telling him or her personal, confidential information about your life, and you need to feel that the attorney is committed to solving any problems that may arise while writing your will. Also find out how long the attorney has practiced estate law and whether he or she has handled wills similar to yours.

How much should an estate plan cost?

The cost of an estate plan depends largely on the number of parts it includes and the complexity of the documents. The most basic estate plan is simply a will, but it may also include designating power of attorney or a health care proxy to another person, writing a living will, or making a HIPAA authorization. The average national cost to make an estate plan ranges from $350 to $900, but can cost much more in complicated situations. For example, an estate attorney may charge only $900 to prepare a basic will providing outright distribution — meaning that property and assets are distributed upon death. Writing a more complicated will and holding assets in trusts can cost $3,000, or more. The process of creating an estate plan generally takes two to four weeks, starting with the initial consultation with the wills attorney to identify areas of concern in order to design an estate plan that fits your goals and budget. Once an estate plan is written, the attorney meets with the clients, a notary, and two neutral witnesses to review and sign the plan and associated documents.

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