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  • 4 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
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Joni J.
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We couldn't ask for a more compassionate and thoughtful attorney to handle our family's estate planning needs. Ms. Barnes was thorough, quick and very responsive. I highly recommend her to all my friends.

  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Crystal P.
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Mr. Athey handled my divorce. He explained everything and I was able to speak to him directly everytime, never a para legal. I would use him again and recommend him for sure.

Westchase Law, P.A.
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    Catherine B.
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    I could not have wished for a better experience. I needed legal assistance in making changes to my parenting plan. Adam Itzkowitz, Esq. was extremely professional and made me feel very important as a client. He gave me answers to all of my questions. The end result my ex and I were able to come to an agreement. With Adam Itzkowitz Esq. assistance, papers were filed in a timely manner and the whole process went smoothly and quickly. I would definately work with him again if I need anything more in the future. I highly recommend him to anyone who is in the need of legal assistance. Overall great experience!

    • 41 years in business

    Fuentes & Kreischer in Tampa handles real estate cases involving commercial and residential matters, together with estate planning, business law, and related civil litigation. Established in 1977, Fuentes & Kreischer is a well-recognized Tampa law firm with a reputation for high legal ability and integrity. We have assisted many Tampa residents and businesses with their real estate, wills, and business needs.

    • 23 years in business

    Beverly Thomson Shaw, P.A. handles probate law, special needs trusts, estate planning, powers of attorney, and more for the St. Petersburg, FL area. Home, hospital, and nursing home appointments are available.


    I prepare wills, powers of attorney, trusts, and living wills. I do estate planning as well. I handle real estate matters such as: • Deeds • Contracts • Leases • Evictions • Sales I also do probate and guardianship.


    As a law firm that has been practicing in the Sarasota County community for more than 40 years, we take pride in helping our friends, neighbors and community members with all their estate planning needs. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience in estate planning and estate and trust litigation in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. Our paralegals and staff members are knowledgeable about estate planning and give valuable assistance toward a satisfactory estate planning experience. When it comes to wills, trusts, elder care, and related matters in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas, Lyons, Beaudry & Harrison, P.A. is well respected.


    Florida Estate Planning is a law firm that is dedicated to helping clients in Florida. Contact FEP for a free consultation regarding your case. We offer estate planning packages tailored to the individual client's needs. We offer the following: * Medicaid Planning * Estate Planning * Asset Protection * Veterans' Benefits

    • 3 years in business

    Our services stand out for one reason, Professionalism, organization, and full sucess to have the your Estate sale get the profit you deserve.

    • 24 years in business

    Many Florida attorneys prepare one-size fits all estate planning documents, I create a specialize plan for every individual as no two individuals are the same or have the same needs.

    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 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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