Attorneys who agree to represent individuals with Estate Planning issues will typically work on a fixed-fee basis for most services and/or they may bill clients on an hourly basis or use an asset-based fee determination.
Asset-based fees mean that the attorney is determines their legal fees based on the size of the assets they have to work to protect or to consider. Asset-based fees are most often experienced in real estate and probate matters.
Attorneys often charge for expenses incurred on behalf of clients. These expenses typically include copying charges, long-distance phone charges, postage, faxes, court filing fees, the cost of court reporters, expert witness fees, medical report fees, and other expenses associated with handling your case.
It is advisable to ask your attorney to put the fee arrangement in writing. This will help you and your attorney clarify what you will be charged for, when you are expected to pay your invoices, and what you should do if you have a concern about fees.
Court costs for probate court vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
After your death, if a probate attorney represents your estate in probate court, their fees are generally deducted from the estate proceeds.