Fees

We at Crane Law Firm believe that legal fees shouldn’t be a surprise to clients or require uncomfortable questions to obtain. That’s why you’ll find the fees for some our most common services below. We strive to be upfront about all financial matters, keeping you well informed and in control of the total costs. At Crane Law Firm, we will recommend the least costly approach that will get the job done for you. In fact, if doing nothing is in your best interest, we’ll tell you that too.

Will & Disability Documents

Single Person $600 – Married Couple $900

  • Initial consultation with attorney
  • Simple Will for Non-Taxable Estate
  • Statutory Durable Power of Attorney
  • Medical Power of Attorney
  • Living Will (Directive to Physicians)
  • HIPAA Authorization (for the release of medical information)
  • Declaration of Guardian in Event of Later Need
  • Declaration of Guardian for Children (if needed)
  • Health Care Authorization for Children (if needed)
  • Appointment with attorney for will signing

Will Only

Single Person $400 – Married Couple $600

  • Initial consultation with attorney
  • Simple Will for Non-Taxable Estate
  • Appointment with attorney for will signing

Disability Documents Only

  • Statutory Durable Power of Attorney – $150 each
  • Medical Power of Attorney – $100 each
  • HIPAA Authorization (for the release of medical information) – $100 each
  • Living Will (Directive to Physicians) – $100 each
  • Declaration of Guardian in Event of Later Need – $100 each
  • Declaration of Guardian for Children – $100 each
  • Health Care Authorization for Children – $100 each
  • Complete Set of Disability Documents – $400 for Single Person$600 for Couple

Probate with a Will Fees*

  • Probate of Will as Muniment of Title for Self-Proved Will – $1,750 (includes costs)
  • Independent Administration for a Self-Proved Will – $2,500 (includes costs)
  • Court Created Independent Administration with Will Annexed for a Self-Proved Will – $3,000 (includes costs)
  • Dependent Administration – Hourly Basis, Currently $225/hour
  • *Fees will be higher for holographic wills, non self-proved wills, probating copies of wills, and when the estate has complex issues requiring more of the attorney’s time.

Probate without a Will Fees*

  • Affidavit of Heirship  – $600 (includes filing)
    • Fee for multiple properties may be higher
    • Fee when research is needed may be higher
  • Small Estate Affidavit – $1,000 (includes costs)
  • Determination of Heirship – $3,500 (includes costs)
  • Uncontested Court Created Independent Administration – $4,000 (includes costs)
  • Dependent Administration – Hourly Basis, Currently $250/hour
  • *Fees may be higher depending on complexity of the case (such as number of heirs, size of estate, etc.).

Guardianship Fees

  • Uncontested Guardianship of the Person –  $3,000 (includes costs)
    • Initial Consultation
    • Drafting and Filing of Application
    • Completion of hearing documents
    • Represent Client at Hearing
  • Assistance with Annual Reports – $100 (includes filing fees and new letters)
  • Assistance with Annual Accounting – Hourly Basis

Elder Law Fees

  • Transfer on Death Deed – $300
  • Lady Bird Deed – $300
  • Qualified Income Trust (Miller Trust) – $1,000
  • Elder Law Packages – $3,500-$4,500 (Varies Depending on Complexity) 
    • Preparation and filing of application for Medicaid
    • Estate Planning Documents (if needed)
    • Transfer on Death Deed or Lady Bird Deed (if needed)
    • Qualified Income Trust (If needed)

LLC Formation

$1,000 Flat Fee, Includes:

  • Initial consultation with attorney
  • Filing Fee for LLC (This is $300 alone)
  • Formation of LLC
  • Company Book customized for your LLC. Includes:
    • Binder with your LLC’s name on it and slipcase
    • Templates for company agreement, minutes, bank authorization, and other forms prefilled for your LLC
    • Membership certificates and interest transfer ledger
    • Embossing Seal
  • Obtaining EIN Number (if requested)
  • Follow-up appointment with attorney to review Company Book (if requested)

Hourly Basis

Other services are typically billed on an hourly basis, although the attorney will quote a flat fee if possible. Attorney time is billed at $250/hour and Paralegal time is billed at $100/hour. At the initial consultation, attorney will tell you what kind of retainer will be required to get started.

Payment

For flat fee cases, we normally require payment up front before we start working on your matter. For hourly cases, we will require a retainer (to be determined by the attorney working on your case). If the services include court costs, we also require an additional estimated amount up front. Fees may be paid with check, e-check, or credit card. 

Consultations

If you are unsure about what services you may need before moving forward, we recommend scheduling a short (10 min. or less) phone consultation with Attorney Stephen Crane. There is no charge for these initial short consultations.

For more in depth consultations, the fee is $100 for 30 min. If client hires Crane Law Firm, this fee is usually included in flat-fee services.