Getting Started If You Don't Have an Estate Plan Now

Getting Started If You Don't Have an Estate Plan Now To get started with your estate plan, download the Getting Started/Getting Finished Packet. It includes comprehensive estate planning information, an outline of my fees and how the process works, and a questionnaire that you should try and fill out before our first meeting. AN UNFINISHED ESTATE PLAN DOESN'T ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS. I WILL ASK YOU TO COMMIT TO A COMPLETION CONTRACT AT OUR FIRST APPOINTMENT, AND WE WILL SCHEDULE YOUR DRAFT REVIEW AND SIGNING APPOINTMENT AT THAT TIME.  If you don't finish in 6 months, I will bill you on an hourly basis for the remaining work in addition to the Flat Fee. I know this sounds daunting, but 3 months is plenty of time to get your plan done if you focus on it, so six months is more than enough.

Flat Fee Portfolios include the following:

  • All of the essential estate planning documents.
  • No-hassle flat fee pricing.
  • The transfer of your residence into your trust. (I do bill you for third party costs, such as recording your deeds with the county.) Each additional piece of California property transferred into the trust will be billed at $350/deed, this covers the cost of preparing the deed and the cost of recording that deed. 

I do my best to do all of my drafting on a Flat Fee basis. It makes for transparency, and lets you ask the questions you need to ask to understand the plan. For certain, complex matters, though, when you need her help to draft customized plans for complicated family situations or for sophisticated business assets, I have found that hourly rates are the fairest, and most transparent way to offer excellent service for more complex matters. After your first meeting, and before you sign my engagement letter, I will discuss the proper pricing for your plan and we will agree, together, on the Flat Fee for your plan.

What Does a Flat Fee Portfolio Include? Flat Fee Portfolios include the following:


  • All the documents you need for a comprehensive plan: a Living Trust, Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, an Advance Health Care Directive, a Certification of Trust, and an Authorization for the Release of Confidential Health Care Information.

  • No-hassle flat fees, that include all of my time and internal expenses incurred while drafting your estate plan, including meetings, phone calls, and emails.  The only thing you'll be billed for outside of my Flat Fee are third-party fees that GCA has paid on your behalf, such as county recording fees or other court filings. If your project exceeds the initial scope of the project, I reserve the right to increase the Flat Fee. (This happens, but not that often.)

  • Transfer of your residence into your trust.

    How Much Do The Flat Fee Portfolios Cost?

    • The "Peace of Mind" Portfolio is for a single person and costs $3800.

    • The "Maximize Your Estate" Portfolio is for a couple and costs $5500 for a basic plan for a married couple with an estate under $12-15 million dollars. This plan works for the majority of my new clients. 

    • The "Customized Flat Fee" Portfolio For higher net worth estates, for those who want to leave their assets in lifetime trusts for children, for couples with non-citizen spouses, children with special needs, or those with vacation homes that they want to leave in trust, there are additional Flat Fee modules in addition to this base portfolio price. We will discuss this at your first meeting and you will not sign an engagement letter until the Flat Fee for your plan is determined and you agree with it. (Don't worry, we'll figure that out together.)

    To get your free copy of Getting Started Packet please fill out the form below.

    If you, like many others, have been putting this off for ages, don't worry! My entire focus, from beginning to end, is to get your plan done efficiently and effectively. Getting Started is important, but Getting Finished is what matters.

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