Legal Toolkit Florida Probate, Estate, Trust and Elder Law

What to Expect About Probate, Estate, Trust and Elder Law


Attorneys who agree to represent individuals with Estate Planning issues will either provide services on a fixed-fee basis or they may bill clients on an hourly basis or use an asset-based fee determination. The attorney fees are paid from the estate assets. 


Asset-based fees mean that the attorney determines the legal fee based on the size of the estate.


Attorneys 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, 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.