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billjam wrote,

When I got time to visit my own attorney to take care of some necessary changes in my estate plan due to mother's death, I decided we should discuss his fees, since he will be co-executor of my estate. He was shocked at the fee the PA attorney had requested. Said Illinois had outlawed percentage fees years ago, and he always works on an hourly basis.

I'm keeping track of the estimated hours the PA attorney puts in and will challenge his bill if it is unreasonable. But the lesson is always ask first. Just because the attorney is sympathetic at your time of loss doesn't mean he won't screw you. And you have little grounds for objection if you wait for the bill before discussing the fee. Also plan ahead and work out something with your own attorney in advance. Could save your family a lot of money and stress.

Great post!!!

Here's an article on the same topic:

"Estate Planning for Early Retirees -- How to Avoid Getting Screwed"

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