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Barnstable Town Estate Planners

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Angley & Angley
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa S.
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Tim Angley is responsive, knowledgeable, and a sincere pleasure to work with. I have trusted his advice on a number of matters, I have benefited from his thorough, efficient work, and I have not hesitated to refer friends and colleagues to him for their residential real estate and estate planning needs.

BOTELHO LAW GROUP
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dan B.
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Attention to detail, and genuine concern. The attorneys at the Botelho Law group Especially Attorney Joseph Botelho, Esq. offered a candidate assessment of my issue and how it related to applicable law and course of action. If you are in need of legal services from homeowner & tenant issue, personal injury, to probate & divorce the Law Offices of Botelho & Associates has the experience needed to handle your issue.

  • 14 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gary W.
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Attorney Timothy Horan has handled estate planning matters for me and my family (Wills, Health Care Proxy, Power of Attorney etc.). He was well organized, thoughtful and was prompt to return calls about any questions I had. He was so easy to work with I sent other family members to see him and they also have commented about his great work. In today's fast paced society, Attorney Horan really takes the time to make you feel comfortable about your legal matters.

Danielle B.
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Adela helped my husband and I with both the sale of our home and purchase of a new one. Both processes went smoothly and quickly and I truly valued feeling like we had someone on our side who was able to uncomplicate each step of the way. I would highly recommend her!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Keven P.
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Gwynne Zisko, handles her clients with professionalism and compassion. In the face of adversity and unscrupulous opposition she never compromises her integrity or lowers her standards. She knows the law and explains things in terms that even the layman can understand. My case was not an easy case by any means but she handled with confidence and honesty. I would never want to go through a divorce again but if I had to the first person I would contact to have in my corner would be Gwynne Zisko.

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We offer comprehensive legal services in the areas of wills and trusts, elder law, Medicaid, special needs planning, disability planning, asset protection, guardianships/conservatorships, probate, and residential real estate.

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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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