Brownstown residents Leo and Mary came to us with some trepidation. They had been doing internet research and thought they needed a Trust that would cost them thousands of dollars in order to avoid probate, which would cost their heirs tens of thousands. Imagine their relief when we discovered that everything they wanted could be accomplished with a very simple Estate Plan, that they did not need to avoid probate and that the cost of probate was unlikely to exceed a couple thousand dollars – less than they thought they were going to have to pay for the Trust to avoid it! They walked out of our office with an Estate Plan that will care for their heirs in the way they wanted, and a bit of extra money to save up because the legal fee they were afraid of was unnecessary.
We do not sell people legal work they don’t need. Some lawyers do, and justify that work by telling their clients horror stories about estate tax, gift tax, generation-skipping gift tax, and probate costs. For the vast majority of people, these costs will be minimal or non-existent.