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Chapel Hill Estate Planners

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John Mansfield Law
from 36 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Once I contacted John on Thumbtack, he quickly responded. He walked me through the steps of my case and has checked in frequently to make sure things are going as planned.

Law Offices of Cheryl David
from 2 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

Our firm only does one thing, Estate Planning and Preservation and we do it well. With 30+ years of experience and two ABA Board Certified Estate Planning attorneys accredited through the NAEPC , a dedicated Estate and Probate Staff, and a knowledgeable Elder Lawyer and Medicaid Department we are the go to source for Estate Planning and Asset Protection. We believe that everyone deserves to know and understand the tools available to protect their family and assets from the devastating effects of illness and death on the average estate. Proper estate planning which is thoroughly done and patiently explained makes the difference between losing everything to end of life care or preserving your assets for your spouse and family. Thorough estate planning also determines whether you family will spend huge sums of money and countless hours in court or be able to avoid the court process at death saving countless hours and a substantial amount of money. Sometimes court is unavoidable and when it is, we make sure the process is organized, efficient and understandable. If you are concerned about estate planning and estate preservation we can help! We're passionate about our jobs because we've lived through the trauma of losing those closest to us and watching them suffer from prolonged end of life illnesses and unexpected death. Attorney Cheryl David lost her sister as a young attorney and changed her life's work to make things easier for families suffering from the death or disability of those they cherish most. Unfortunately, Attorney Justin Plummer's first case was handling his Dad's estate after an unexpected aneurysm. In every meeting Justin brings with him a passion and expertise at helping families who are going through the most devastating time of their lives. Attorney Blaire McClanahan, Cheryl's daughter grew up in the business and after finishing law school joined her mother. Blaire works with families where illness has destabilized their lives and directs them how to qualify and obtain Medicaid and Veteran's Benefits without losing the family nest egg. She is so dedicated to making sure that her clients truly understand their options and helps them save their homes, property and qualify for benefits. We couldn't do what we do without the dedication and perseverance of our staff, who treat our clients like family. We feel so blessed that we are able to wake up each day and do the work we do.

Marzella Law Group PLLC
from 1 review
  • 26 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

Our services include commercial and residential real estate, business transactional, franchise, and finance counsel. We do closings, refinance, leases, wills, sale and acquisition of business, lender's counsel, partnerships, joint venture agreements, and employment agreements.

Mickie S.
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Thank you so much, Rick Answers to your questions. 1. I rather not take it back to Dad's name because I was told that Medicaid would want the reimbusement after his death. 2. He has Tri-care for Life 3. He is in rehab facility but they put him on hospice care with resident care(?) I am really not sure, they said something like medicare doesn't cover for long term. He's been there since Aug.2011. And asked me to apply for medicaid ASAP, which is a problem due to the house situation as I noted earlier 4. I think he has Humana, I received Humana asking him to choose 2012 medicare coveage by Dec. 7, 2011

  • 4 years in business

Making it affordable !! Helping people to make sure they are getting the proper service needed.


I have been practicing law for 27 years in Greensboro, NC, and the surrounding counties. I provide my services in real estate matters, social security disability, family law, workers compensation, personal injury, wills and estate matters, traffic violations, speeding tickets and criminal law.


We offer estate planning for all families. The Law Offices of Jeffrey G. Marsocci, PLLC is a Raleigh law office focused on estate planning, living trusts, unmarried couple and domestic partner planning, special needs documents, asset protection, and much more. We have experience in not only creating the five main planning documents of living trusts, durable powers of attorney, healthcare powers of attorney, living wills and wills, but Mr. Marsocci also develops and teaches courses to other attorneys on these documents. In addition, we are now working with Legis, Inc. as a network attorney to better serve the needs of our clients in Raleigh, Asheville, and all of North Carolina.


We are an estate planning, elder law probate and tax law firm. The firm's principal, Greg Herman-Giddens, is a board-certified specialist in estate planning and probate law. He has a master of law in estate planning and is a certified financial planner.


I am a board-certified estate planning and probate attorney (certified by the North Carolina State Bar) and a certified public accountant. My services are limited to estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate and will contests, guardianship, trust modification (including the modification of trust terms and changes or removal of trustees).

Q & A

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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 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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