Estate Planning Services
Estate Planning Services
By taking the fear out of estate planning, we help you focus on protecting your family, your assets and the legacy you have worked hard to build. With affordable packages tailor-made to suit your needs and budget, we can help you create a plan that will give you and your family peace of mind, and the opportunity to create generational wealth through lifetime asset protection. As a part of every Family Wealth plan, we will review every few years and make sure your plan meets your needs as your life changes.
- Family Wealth Planning Session
- Asset Inventory
- Design personal estate plan
- Kids Protection Plan for families with minor children
- Lifetime asset protection plan
- Legacy interview
- Review plan every 3 years and update as needed
- Personal Family Lawyer®
Planning for Everyone You Love and Everything You Have
Do you know what would happen legally- to you, your loved ones, your money and everything else you care about – if something unexpected happened to you?
If you have an estate plan and it’s out of date, your assets could be lost to the State Department of Unclaimed Property, or to an unnecessary Court process.
If you don’t know exactly what would happen for everyone you love and everything you own, then the first step is to find out exactly what would happen, legally and financially, so that you can decide if the current state of your affairs is okay with you.
How Do We Help You With Estate Planning?
We conduct a Family Wealth Planning Session, where we spend time together and you’ll get informed. Before your Family Wealth Planning Session, you will complete a Family Wealth Inventory and Assessment, which will help you to get clear about what you own and what you have to think about when it comes to planning for the well-being and care of your loved ones and loved belongings. If you decide the current state of affairs is unacceptable, and if we both decide that it’s a fit to work together, then we can design an estate plan together that will best suit the needs of your family.
The foundation of your estate plan will often include a revocable living trust; you transfer your property into this trust for your benefit during your life. One of the benefits of a revocable living trust is that, when done correctly and maintained over time, your estate plan should help your family to avoid the cost and delay of probate and minimize or eliminate estate taxes.
For people with additional needs, we provide advanced estate planning services.
Can I DIY My Estate Plan?
Unfortunately, most plans don't work because much of what passes for estate planning is little more than word processing. You are asked a few questions and then the drafter decides which "plan" is right for you, and fits you into a template. This is not estate planning; it is little more than a “search and replace” of your family’s name and then a hit of the “print” button which spits out form documents.
We Are Professional Estate Planners
At Rakomova Law, we will educate you, take the time to get to know you, your family, your concerns, your goals and your issues and will gladly and patiently answer all your questions to produce an estate plan that is exactly right for you and will keep your loved one’s out of court and out of conflict.
If you are a family with young children, then your estate plan should begin with a foundation that ensures your children would always be taken care of, no matter what happens. At Rakomova Law one of our areas of greatest expertise is protecting minor children.
How Much Does An Estate Plan Cost?
As you can imagine, we get the question “how much does an estate plan cost” quite frequently.
And, it’s a good question that I want to answer for you as clearly as I can, given that there is not a “one-size fits all solution” for every family, and I would run quickly away from any lawyer who can tell you exactly what your plan would cost via email or over the phone, without a comprehensive discovery process.
You see, this is exactly why most estate plans fail. Families shop around based on price (because they don’t know any other way to shop for an estate plan), and end up with a traditional plan, which is a set of documents that do not actually work when the family needs them.
If you’d like to read more about this, please read my article here on how shopping around for an estate plan could leave your family with an unexpected, expensive, unintended mess!
In the meantime, here’s what I can assure you:
We've priced our estate planning for you and your family at the intersection of affordability and effectiveness. We start all of our plans with a Family Wealth Planning Session™, which is designed to get you more financially organized than you have ever been before, and ensure that no matter what happens, none of your hard-earned assets will be lost to the State Department of Unclaimed Property, when something happens to you.
Even if you never do any planning with us, the Family Wealth Planning Session™ alone is a hugely valuable process for you and your family, because you will create a full inventory of your assets and ensure your family knows what you have.
Here’s the most important part for you to know about this: you will be making informed, educated, empowered decisions for the people you love, not just shopping around based on price.
And the best part is that as part of this process, you will actually choose your own fee based on your budget and the planning options that are most important to you and your family. There truly is no one size fits all choice.
We have created a process, though, to educate you quickly and effectively so that you can make empowered, informed choices about what you want for the people you love, so that you aren't simply choosing the cheapest option because you don't have any other basis for making your decisions.
Okay, now having said all that, you probably want to at least know a range of what estate planning will cost.
With all of that background in mind:
- A Family Wealth Planning Session process is $750. An Estate Plan Review and Checkup is $950. Those fees are applicable if you come in fully uneducated without doing any homework ahead of time.
- If you’d like to do a little preparation ahead of time, and secure your appointment time with a credit card (though nothing is charged on your card so long as you keep your appointment and turn in your homework in advance), you can follow the instructions and schedule here and use the discount code indicated to commit that you will do your homework and prepare for the meeting. That saves me time, and saves you money.
- Our three levels of planning for a comprehensive plan (or update of your existing plan) range between $2,000 and $8,000, for a married couple, depending on the choices you make during the Family Wealth Planning Session™. If you are single, planning is discounted from there, appropriately.
If after reading this, you are ready to make informed, empowered, educated decisions for the people you love (instead of just shopping around for the cheapest plan, which is unlikely to work when your family needs it), get started by booking your Family Wealth Planning Session or Estate Plan Review and Check-up.