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  • 22 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara S.
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I worked as Mr. Spinks legal assistant for over 15 years. He is a smart and brilliant lawyer. During the time that I worked for him, he was successful in personal injury, probate, bankruptcy and he always figured out a way to get his clients the best settlement possible. I would hire him for any of my legal needs.

McGirr Law, P.C.
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Deborra H.
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Wonderful attorney who is professional, personable, and knowledgeable. Cheryl and her team always treated me respectfully and took care of all of my questions in a timely manner. I was deployed at the time of my divorce and they took care of absolutely everything. Cheryl earned my trust early by being very transparent with the process, including costs and how her fees worked. Cheryl even went out of her way to ensure we could speak over the phone for the consultation, with a huge time difference. I highly recommend them!

Partney Law PLLC
4.7
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Lea L.
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Mr. Partney was very helpful throughout the process of my divorce and was very instrumental in making it happen as quickly and painlessly as possible, but was ready to fight if we had to. His fees are very reasonable compared to some of the other attorneys in the area.

  • 10 years in business
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Our firm provides a more personalized and personable approach than most professional services in the legal field. Our attorneys work to make themselves available and accessible for their clients as much as possible. We strive to achieve the best possible outcome and do not settle for less than every penny or benefit we can get for our clients. Helping people who need our services in a time of life challenges. Attorneys need to remember that most of the time when a client calls - it is because a problem has come up - usually a pretty serious one. That impresses upon us the importance of our work.

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We are a general practice of law emphasizing criminal, wills, probate, family law, real estate, and acting as local counsel. We are well-known throughout the Tri-County area of Comal, Hays and Bexar County. We are a full-service law firm that works case from beginning to end. We have special skills in negotiations and litigation. We will take a case to trial when necessary. Customers love my integrity as I have never had an ethics complaint or been reported to the bar nor sued for malpractice.

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Harris & Schroeder, PLLC is a general practice law firm offering family law, estate planning, real estate drafting, mediation services and business formation and representation to clients in Georgetown, Cedar Park, TX and the surrounding areas. Our family law attorney routinely handles matters such as divorce, child custody, child support and securing protective orders.

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I offer general legal services focused on wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and estate planning. I'm a retired army lawyer with an extensive background in military law, administrative law and criminal defense. I will defend misdemeanor, DUI/DWI and other types of cases.

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We offer compassionate, confidential representation in criminal and civil litigation. We can help you with your legal issues, large or small. We offer our clients a full array of legal services, including criminal law, family law, real estate transactions, business start-ups, employment law, immigration and H2Bs, and alternative dispute resolution. We have a team approach and 19 attorneys to serve you. Please come by and meet the team. We would love to meet you before you need our services. We are located on Congress Ave., two blocks from the Capitol. Parking is free!

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I think my work stands out because my focus is on client satisfaction. I view my job as getting my clients through this process as whole as possible. Explaining to them their rights and options along the way. At the end of the day, my client is the one that has to live the outcome of the case, so my goal is to make sure it is one they can live with. I like that my job puts me in the position to help people navigate the legal system during a rough part of their life. I like to help people reach repositions so that this phase can be over and they can move on to more positive things.

  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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After working in Austin as a contract lawyer for one year, I opened my own practice in 2011.Over the past several years, several other associates have joined our practice. The Dorothy Butler Law Firm can help you with tax law, bankruptcy, wills and estate planning, employment law, real estate law, criminal law, as well as divorce and family law. We can also help with traffic tickets. We work statewide in Texas, and will travel all over the state for hearings. Rather than having our clients travel to some inconvenient office location, we come to you. Let us know what is easiest for you, be it a nearby Starbucks or even your own home. We also work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. Just let us know what works for your schedule, and we will make it work with ours. We're here to help.

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Serving Austin, Texas, Willi Law Firm is a full-service law firm offering a broad array of legal services to a diverse client base including start-up ventures, individuals, and well-established international and domestic businesses. Our attorneys have a wide range of litigation, appellate, and transactional experience in business law, real estate law and intellectual property law. Having represented clients on both sides of the lawsuit equation and at all levels of appeal and trial, we have the experience needed to resolve the most complex legal disputes.

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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