Last Will and Testament: $250
A Last Will and Testament is a legal document that states how you want your assets (house, money, personal belongings) to be distributed when you die.
Power of Attorney: $125
A power of attorney is a written document signed by you giving an individual power to handle your financial affairs. A power of attorney may give unlimited power or be restricted to certain actions. Recording fees are additional.
Healthcare Surrogate + Living Will: $100
A health care surrogate is an adult you choose and appoint to make medical decisions when you are unable to do so (for example, if you are unconscious after an accident).
A Living Will is a document that tells the hospital and doctors not to “”hook you up to a machine” to keep you alive artificially (for example, if you are in a persistent vegetative state). Having a living will takes the pressure off your family to make this decision.
“Lady Bird” Deed: $175
A “Lady Bird Deed” is a deed that gives the owner complete control over the property during his or her life. Once the owner dies, the property is transferred to the heirs without the need for probate. Another name for this deed is an enhanced life estate deed. Recording fees are additional.
Probate: Starting at $2000
Probate is court supervision of the distribution of an individual’s assets (home, money, personal belongings, etc.). Summary Administration can be used if the individual’s estate is worth less than $75,000. The price for summary administration is $1,000. Filing fees and other costs are additional.
Guardianship: Starting at $1500
There are guardianships for adults and guardianships for minors. In either type of guardianship, the court appoints an individual to make decisions regarding another person’s health, welfare or property. All guardianships are supervised by the court. Filing fees and other costs are additional.
Guardian Advocate: Starting at $750
Guardian Advocate is a court order that gives an individual legal authority to act on behalf of an adult with a developmental disability. It is similar to a guardianship, but specifically used for adults with a developmental disability. Filing fees and other costs are additional.