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Holly Musselman Law
4.9
from 92 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 222 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erik K.
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I worked with Holly on a chapter 7 bankruptcy, she was very knowledgable and walked me through everything, even answering my phone calls on the weekends. Holly and her staff are top notch and I plan on working with them in the future

  • 46 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jane D.
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I went thru an divorce that cost me $325/hr with a reputable law firm and even tho it was uncontested, it took 2 years and was painfully slow and drawn out. Three weeks before the hearing, I learned of this legal plan w/ LegalShield and saw the incredible value and signed up. I called my provider law firm and within 2 hours, spoke to an attorney at LegalShield who gave me great advice on a critical matter of our assets and businesses. I shared this with my attorney a week before my hearing and with a little more probing on my part, I gained $50,000 more in my settlement. I also saved money on a used car purchase, I got my Will done, fought a medical dispute and I got out of a red light moving violation when my attorney at LegalShield, who came to traffic court with me, noticed a car facing the wrong way in the pic. Had I known about this service earlier, even my uncontested divorce would have been covered under the plan and saved me tens of thousands of dollars!! Mr. Stith has a heart for service. He was professional, responsive and so helpful to me. I will always be grateful for this service and to him.

  • 108 years in business
About

Arnold, Beyer and Katz, one of the oldest continuing law firms in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, offers services concentrating in family law (divorce, custody, support, adoption and protection from abuse), wills and estates. Our experienced attorneys can guide you through difficult and emotional times when such matters need to be addressed. Attorney Katz has over 38 years of experience in assisting clients, and has, in the past, served as a custody conference officer for the court for over ten years, and brings his experience in assisting parents to reach an agreement that works to the benefit of the entire family to each case he handles. When it becomes necessary, our years of courtroom experience are utilized to obtain the best results achievable for our clients. We also have arrangements for our clients with criminal and personal injury attorneys to bring the full range of legal services to bear on behalf of our clients.

  • 11 years in business
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Protecting your assets has two parts: planning for the future and responding to the past. Proper estate and business planning can prevent problems from arising, while bankruptcy and estate administration can help when they do. We use every tool at our disposal to find the solution that works for you. We will let you know your options based on your circumstances.

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Certified Elder Law Attorney helping families protect assets from the costs of long-term care, taxes and inefficient estate planning and administration.

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We are a full-service law firm with one partner concentrating in immigration law and one partner concentrating in immigration, entertainment, business, family, bankruptcy and estate law.

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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