Thankfully, I have not needed to employ an attorney. I have heard too many horror stories of how expensive attorneys are. And sometimes, paying all that money to attorney is simply “not worth it.”
And you are thinking, “aren’t you an attorney?”
Yes, yes I am. The difference is, our practice handles matters on a flat fee basis, rather than hourly. This gives you, the client, certainty of what the fee is up-front, so there are no surprises in the end.
It also eliminates the “worry” of what a question may cost. If you call an attorney charging on an hourly basis, a “quick question” may cost $60, and any question that requires an in-depth answer may be $450+. We want you to have the peace of mind that your plan provides to you, and, to us, that means being able to ask questions without concern over additional costs.
When an attorney bills at an hourly rate, that attorney may have the motive to stretch out the work (more hours worked, more fees for that attorney). But an attorney charging a flat fee is motivated to get the work done as quickly as possible, while assuring that it is all done right.
I hope if I ever need an attorney, I find one who, like us, charges at a flat rate. I find the value in knowing what the bill will be is fantastic – I am not a fan of surprises.
Contributed by Morris Hall, PLLC Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces Estate Planning Attorney and Partner, James P. Plitz.
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At Morris Hall, PLLC we have focused our legal practice on estate planning for over 45 years. Along with estate planning, our attorneys help clients and their families with matters of probate, trust administration, wills, power of attorneys, business planning, succession planning, legacy planning, charitable gifting and other important legal aspects. We also have divisions in financial, real estate and accounting to help you incorporate all of your planning together, ensuring that everything works perfectly for your needs and situation. Our Arizona offices are located in Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Carefree, Tucson, Oro Valley, Prescott, Flagstaff and Arrowhead. Our New Mexico offices are located in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. Contact us today at 888.222.1328 to schedule an appointment!
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