Fee Schedule & Billing Information

My fees are broken down into the following categories:

  • Wills, Estate Planning and Trusts
  • Guardianships
  • Probate
  • Business Formation
  • Real Estate

These categories represent the bulk of my practice. However there will inevitably be other areas with which I can help you; and I will be happy to give you a fee estimate before beginning any work. My regular hourly rate for those matters will be $275 per hour.  For the most part, I do not undertake any litigation. I do not handle any criminal or domestic work. If you are not certain what kind of help you need, or whether I can help you at all, please give me a call and I will be happy to discuss the matter with you, without charge.

My fees may be paid by cash, check or credit card. I accept all the commonly used cards. Payment for work undertaken on an hourly basis is due each month, as billed. Payment of set fees is due as follows: one-half (1/2) at inception, and the remaining one-half (1/2) when the work is completed. In the event that I am not able to complete all work within thirty days solely because I have not heard from you, or you have not provided all information I have asked for, you will be billed at the end of that thirty day period; and prompt payment is expected.

I reserve the right to vary these terms and my fees in special circumstances; and if that is the case, you will be notified in advance.

These fees do not include any required filing or recording fees, court costs, or any other out-of-pocket advancements made on your behalf.

WILLS, ESTATE PLANNING AND TRUSTS

Wills:

Simple Will: $350.00  per Will. “Simple Wills” are those which leave the entire estate to one or more persons. They do not include specific bequests (except for general bequests of tangible personal property), trust provisions or U.S. Estate Tax planning language.

Complex Will:  Minimum Fee of $600. Billed at my hourly rate of $275 per hour.  “Complex Wills” are those which contain trust provisions, tax planning measures and/or a significant number of bequests.

General Powers of Attorney: $100 per Power

Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care (or Living Will Declarations): $100 per Power/Declaration.
           
For Husband and Wife: Simple Wills, General Powers of Attorney and Durable Powers of Attorney For Health Care: $650

For Husband and Wife: Wills containing contingent non-tax trusts for spouse and/or children, General Powers of Attorney and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care: $1,500  

For Husband and Wife: Wills containing Bypass Trusts, General Powers of Attorney and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care: $2,000

For Husband and Wife: Wills containing Contingent Estate Tax Trust planning, General Powers of Attorney and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care: $2,500

Trusts:

Revocable Living Trust (without Estate Tax planning) Pour-over Will, General Power of Attorney and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care: $1,850. Identical documents for husband and wife, a total of $2,750

Revocable Living Trust, with Bypass Trust and/or Contingent Trust provisions, Pour-over Will, General Power of Attorney and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care: $2,350. Identical documents for husband and wife, a total of $2,850

Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust: $2,500

Charitable Remainder Trust: $2,500

Special Needs or Supplemental Needs Trust: $2,500

Personal Residence Trusts: $2,750. Includes Deed preparation

GUARDIANSHIPS

My fee for an uncontested Guardianship of the Person or Property, or one proceeding for both, is $950. One-half of this amount will be due at inception, with the balance payable when the Guardianship order is signed.

For a contested guardianship, my fee is billed at my hourly rate of $275 per hour, payable monthly, as billed. I will request a retainer of $1,000 at the commencement of proceedings. I will petition to have all fees allowed as an expense of the Guardianship Estate when the Guardianship order is signed, so that the Petitioner may be reimbursed from the Guardianship assets. However in any event the fee will be the personal liability of the Petitioner.

PROBATE

Depending upon the complexity and makeup of the Decedent’s estate, I will make arrangements with the Personal Representative to bill in one of several ways:

Personal Representative: Should I serve as Personal Representative of the Estate, I will charge the commissions allowable by the Orphans’ Court, to be paid when Administration Accounts are filed.

Attorney for the Personal Representative: As agreed with the Personal Representative, my fee will be either:

Sixty percent of the commissions normally allowable to Personal Representatives under the laws of the State of Maryland. I will ask for an initial deposit of up to one-half of the estimated fee. While this fee will be a personal responsibility of the Personal Representative, I will petition to have it charged as an expense of the estate when a court accounting is filed; and you may reimburse yourself from the estate at that time.

OR

Billing calculated at my hourly rate of $275 per hour. Payment will be due on a monthly basis, as billed. This fee, too, will be considered a personal responsibility of the Personal Representative; and I will petition the Orphans’ Court to charge it to the general estate.

BUSINESS FORMATION

Formation of an LLC, without an Operating Agreement, and filing with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation: $650

Formation of an LLC, filing with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation, and preparation of an Operating Agreement: $1,750

Incorporation, including preparation of Articles of Incorporation, standard Bylaws, Informal Organizational Action, stock certificates: $850

REAL ESTATE

Preparation of Deeds: $275.00

Review of contracts, closing statements, preparation of agreements: Billed at my hourly rate of $275, payable monthly as billed. I do not handle closings.

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