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Independence Estate Planners

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  • 33 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John H.
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I came in from out of state to get several signatures on Quit Claim Deeds from elderly heirs at different locations. The notary was professional, punctual, adaptable, and thorough.

Lee Law LLC
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Jami M.
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I can not say enough good things about Myndee and how she practices law. She took on my case when it only had one issue that was being dealt with but that quickly turned into many big issues that she wasn't planning on. She was professional, respectful and most of all kind. Her gentle spirit helped me through the darkest part of my life. I would highly recommend her to anyone going through a divorce, separation or needing family legal advice. I am honored to say that I no longer need to call her my lawyer but I can call her friend.

Ryan Law KC
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha H.
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Jorden Ryan is representing me in my divorce in Jackson County, Missouri and I couldn't be more pleased. He's been extremely responsive to any questions I've had, he's played "devils advocate" and thrown out the big "what if" questions making me take a step back and gain perspective when needed and he has walked me through this process step by step. He's even made me laugh when all I wanted to do was cry! Meetings have been scheduled and on time, documents have been prepared, presented and filed on time, and no matter what he has going on, I always feel like a priority. He's very professional and not at all afraid to ask the tough questions even when I don't want to deal with them. I couldn't ask for better representation to have in my corner and would refer him to anyone who asked.

Shell Law & Tax, LLC
4.5
from 17 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Crystal M.
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My husband and I had a real estate issue we were dealing with days until closing. We were extremely nervous not knowing what it would be like meeting Mandy. As soon as we walked in we felt at ease. She was very professional, smart but laid back and friendly which was great. Throughout our encounters whether face to face, phone, email or text Mandy was very prompt, on top of things and patient with the millions of questions and worrying we had.. thanks to Mandy we got everything we asked for with our house, we couldn't have done it without her. I will always recommend her if anyone has any legal services and we will use Mandy if we ever have any other legal services. Thank you so much Mandy!! You were a pleasure to work with under such stressful circumstances.

Lund Law Offices, LLC
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Leigh H.
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Zach recently helped my wife and I create an estate plan. He helped us through the process, answered all of our questions, and suggested a few good ideas that we hadn't considered. All of our meetings were friendly and the process didn't take long. A problem-free experience at a fair price.

The Haggerty Law Firm
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nancy M.
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Jennifer was poised, knowledgeable, helpful and nice. She explained estate planning to us, and we feel very happy that we have our documents in order now. We highly recommend her.

Dale Law Firm
3.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
TJ R.
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Josh runs a professional practice that not only provides great estate and probate advice but educates his clients. The individuals that I've referred to Josh Dale, have all expressed numerous comments that exude excellence!

The Eastman Law Firm
5.0
from 1 review
    Jo C.
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    Mr. Eastman was very responsive and listened to my concerns. We then created a plan that I needed. He didn't try to sell me anything, but instead helped me get what I needed.

    About

    We are investment and securities fraud attorney in Lee's Summit, Missouri who also represents clients in litigation and provides estate planning and business formation services. We are serving clients throughout Missouri and Kansas.

    About

    We are a team of lawyers representing clients in the legal practice areas of estate planning, probate law, business and tax planning, tax controversies, and art law. whether you are retired, currently employed, or operating your own business, we can assist you if you have a matter requiring legal attention in these practice areas. The primary focus of our legal practice is to provide high-quality legal services to our clients, regardless of the size or complexity of the matter referred to us for representation. We have represented high net worth clients and clients of modest financial means. As a small, family-owned business, we understand the unique needs of small business owners.

    About

    I'm an attorney located in Lee's Summit and licensed in Missouri with experience in estates, trusts, and bankruptcy.

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    Very reasonable rates and great accessibility Working with those in need of services develop important documents for peace of mind

    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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