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Wood, Atter, & Wolf, P.A.
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 61 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jennifer G.
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I'm a paralegal and recently found myself searching for legal advice regarding a possible wrongful death suit. I already knew a lot of the obstacles, but wanted to seek the advice of a legal professional. I contacted a few attorneys at the same time, one being David. Most of them responded with a generic "I can't help you," but David responded with a much more thoughtful response. I appreciated the time and energy that David put into our issue and would call on him again if the need ever arises. Thank you

  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Robert G.
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My attorney was Kendal Schoepfer and she was very efficient and professional about getting my case handled correctly.

  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Omar N.
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The most detail, honest, straight forward person I have met. Very timely, connected to his craft. I will endorse ,that anyone who wants to there issue handled with CARE. Please Hire Attorney Mark Moss

Mason Law Firm, P.A.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 12 years in business
John D.
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Sean prepared wills, POA'S, Healthcare documents for us. Very pleased with thoroughness of questions asked to assure our wishes understood and properly expressed in documents. Fee very reasonable and fair.

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Naples & Spence, Attorneys At Law, PLLC, is a boutique law firm committed to providing effective, responsive, and affordable legal services to individuals, their families, their friends, and their businesses throughout Northeast Florida. We know going to see a lawyer is not always the easiest or most comfortable thing to do. Our goal is to provide you with the level of care, professionalism, and knowledge you expect from an experienced attorney, all the while treating you like a valued member of our family. We take great pride in establishing relationships with our clients and their families that last long-after their file is closed with our office. Our office represents clients in the following areas of law: Estate Planning and Elder Law Probate and Trust Administration and Litigation Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Family Law Civil Litigation and Appeals IRS Tax Controversy Business Representation Intellectual Property We represent clients before the state courts in St. Johns, Duval, Nassau, Clay, Putnam, Flagler, and Volusia Counties. We also represent clients in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division.

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I do trusts and estate planning, business advice and formation, and probate and guardianship. I am a board-certified tax lawyer. I am honored as Florida's "superlawyer" in estates and trusts. I have cost-effective rates. I have offices in Kacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Katherine Schnauss Naugle provides innovative solutions for estate planning, probate and guardianships. Clients look to us for legal advice balanced with real world practicality. We are an energetic law firm and have large firm experience and use modern technology to your advantage. We invite you to learn more about our law firm, our community outreach, and what we do in terms of legal services as well as the clients we serve.

  • 36 years in business
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The Edwards Law Firm is dedicated to providing our clients with the highest level of legal expertise in the areas of estate planning and elder law. With offices in Orange Park, St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach, our team of caring and experienced professionals is focused on one goal: helping our clients plan for and protect their futures and the futures of their loved ones. To that end, we provide comprehensive estate planning and elder law services, including general and advanced estate planning, trust administration, probate, guardianship and Medicaid and long term care planning.

Q & A

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 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 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 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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