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Oak Park Estate Planners

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The Coleman Justice Center
4.6
from 55 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
Carol W.
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Judy handled both the estate plan for my uncle and the estate after he died. She carefully explained all his options before she accurately expressed them in his will. After he died she methodically and systematically took care of his estate. At a time when I was feeling stressed she made a difficult situation so much easier thanks to her knowledge and experience. I would recommend her to anyone needing estate planning or the probate of an estate.

Rutkowski Law Firm
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Roger G.
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Professional, competent and people oriented law firm. Very knowledgeable on estate planning. Although extremely busy, the staff was always very responsive to our needs.

Matt J.
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Mike Ricciardello represented me twice this past year. Mike was always there to answer any questions I had and was determined to exicute the most desirable plan of action. With his forward approach, Mike worked with swift action to obtain the desired result. There is a reason I requested Mike's support a second time, a great working relationship, and an keen ability to obtain the results desired. Thanks again Mike.

Eric J. Gould, PLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Colleen K.
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Eric was great! He was extremely accommodating to my schedule and professional. He is knowledgeable and answered all my questions. In addition to my taxation questions, I will be utilizing him for my estate planning. I would highly recommend him.... Thanks Thumbtack!

Bazzi Law, PLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Karen L.
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Mr Dodds assisted us in a variety of ways including reviewing and revising our estate plan. He took the time to clearly answer our questions and explain our best path forward. We anticipate using his expertise for years to come for personal as well as business needs. Very professional and cares about the best interests of his clients.

Bob Barker
3.7
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa S.
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James Frazier gave me some exceptional insights about my father's will. James was knowledgeable about probate, trusts, wills, and creditors. Having help navigating those complex issues was exceptionally valuable to me during a difficult time in my life. I would recommend him for estate planning any day of the week!

Bearer Law
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jim R.
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On time, professional, personable. Recommended.

  • 15 years in business
Paul A.
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John was very good to work with. He explained everything in detail and gave us a detailed explanation of everything he did for us. I am recommending him to my co workers.

Susan F.
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Chris Juillet has worked with several of my clients. His professionalism and knowledge of estate planning has meant smooth work flow and timely documents. In one memorable instance, his attention to detail caught a potentially serious error in current documents which he was reviewing, and he "fixed the problem" before the client left his office.

  • 15 years in business
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CMC Estates has provided estate settlement services for court appointed attorneys and family members that are acting as the presonal representative of the estate (formally called executors) for over 11 yrs. throughout the State of Michigan. CMC Estates offers customized solutions and manages all aspects of the process with one point of contacty for you.

About

My practice is limited to specializing in issues concerning disability, estate (wills, trusts and power of attorneys), long-term care and nursing planning, as well as probate and trust administration. I am the chairman of the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Michigan Chapter and member of the association's executive committee, member of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and have been listed since 1991 in the Academy's Experience Registry. Also, I am the immediate past chair of the governing council of the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan. I am also a charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and member of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit. I have been selected in years 2009, 2010, and 2011 as a superlawyer, which designates that I am in the top 5% of lawyers in the country in my field. I am also an accredited attorney with the US Department of Veterans. Since 2009 I have Been selected by Hour Detroit Magazine as 5-star wealth manager in the area of estate planning. I have been awarded by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as being in the Top 1% of my field. Finally, I have been rated by AVVO as superb (10 out of 10). Avvo is a company that independently rates attorneys throughout the country. I know what a lot of people say is that I must be very expensive. My response is that I charge no more than most attorneys. I handle matters big and small. My thought is you do not have to have money to get sick. Finally, food for thought it was not raining when Noah built the ark. I hope you give me a chance to assist with your planning and give you peace of mind. In case your circumstances involve Probate or other matters we will do everything to hold your hand and be extremely fair with our fees.

  • 44 years in business
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We provide complete estate planning services. I have over 40 years of legal experience in assisting clients with their estate planning and administration needs. I have been recognized by "Hour Magazine", dBusiness" and "Best Lawyers in America" as one of the top attorneys in metro Detroit. Our firm also handles real estate and business matters, and represents 100's of families and business owners. Our offices are located in Bloomfield Hills and Ortonville, and we service clients throughout the State of Michigan. Become one of our clients and join our long list of satisfied clients who refer others because of our high-level of expertise and friendly attorneys and staff.

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No hidden fees. Other attorneys will quote you a price to get you in their office. We have straight upfront pricing based on your specific circumstances. Call for your free appointment to assess you individual needs today.

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I have been assisting clients for 40 years and understand their needs and can answer their concerns in a simple and understandable manner. I tell my client's "when we part you will be confident and secure in what you have chosen for your future."

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Sole practice attorney since 1977. Practice focus is on prompt, professional, friendly, service to clients - in the areas of real estate (residential buy/sell, commercial buy/sell, landlord, leases, title issues including quiet title), business (b2b contracts, b2c contracts, entity formation and maintenance, customer disputes, when required - litigation), and estate planning (avoidance of probate, trusts, wills, powers of attorney, patient advocate designations, ladybird deeds, as necessary, probate of estates of decedents who did not have trusts). Clients like that my office is conveniently located, that i am "accessible" when they need me, that I genuinely care about them and their matter. Evening and Saturday appointments are also available.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I am problem-solving lawyer. I draft documents and resolve disputes with a focus on commercial real estate. I am expert in most areas of Michigan real estate law and transactions, including by way of example cottage law, land use law, boundary disputes and the purchase and sale of real estate.

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We help people find the right nursing home, get good care there, and pay for it without going broke. We also help veterans and their widows reduce, or sometimes even eliminate the high cost of home care or assisted living through estate planning and veterans benefits. We also help family prepare living trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney and more to avoid probate and achieve peace of mind.

  • 11 years in business
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The Berris Law Firm, P.C. specializes in providing first class professional services normally reserved for Fortune 500 companies to individuals and small businesses. We will be there to hold your hand from start to finish. We specialize in: *Family Law (Divorce, Custody, Support) *Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts) *Landlord-Tenant *Small Business Representation *General Litigation Let our family help yours!

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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