Can I get legal advice over the telephone? An attorney must establish that there are no conflicts of interest before giving legal advice. Further, everyone's situation is factually unique. Therefore, the attorney will not give legal advice over the phone. However, we are more than willing to set up a consultation to meet with you at your first available date.
What is the cost of an initial consultation? Our attorneys charge a reasonable, flat fee for an initial consultation. There is no cost for an initial consultation for estate planning and probate issues.
How do I retain the services of an attorney at Marcin & Marcin? When you decide to retain the services of the attorney, your attorney will quote you a fee for legal services, a retainer and request that you sign a written fee agreement. Legal representation begins when you have funded your retainer and signed the agreement.
What legal documents are part of an estate plan? Those documents may include: A Durable Financial Power of Attorney. If you are unconscious or unable to make your own decisions, the person you name as your agent under a durable power of attorney can administer your property while you are incapacitated. Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisionmaking. If you are unconscious in a hospital or in a coma, a medical power of attorney allows your agent to make medical decisions about you. Living Will. If you have a terminal health condition, your living will lets family members and hospital staff know whether or not you want artificial life support such as feeding tubes. This document also names a person as your agent to make end-of-life decisions in accordance with your wishes if you are unable to communicate for yourself. A Last Will and Testament. This document determines how you want your property distributed after your death. It also allows you to name a guardian for minor children. Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts. There are different kinds of trusts that are used for different tax and other purposes. An inter-vivos trust (also called a living trust) is revocable by you during your lifetime and has different tax consequences than an irrevocable trust. An irrevocable trust or life insurance trust is often used to minimize or eliminate federal estate taxes.