As a financial advisor and an Accredited Estate Planner, I've been dealing with wills and lawyers for 30 or 35 years. Based on that experience, even a simple will probably cost $300 to $400 and wills with extensive trust issues could run as high as $3,000 to $5,000. It obviously depends on the complexity but the suggestion I would make is as follows. Put together a list of assets, and on the assumption you may be married, break them down by who owns which asset. What assets are in the husband's name, the wife's name and joint name. Once you have this completed put together an outline of what you would want your will to do. Will it be necessary to provide a trust for minor children or grandchildren or does everything go out right because your children are grown and intellectually capable of handling money. Once you have the assets put together as an outline of how you want your assets dispersed, then contact some estate planning attorneys and asked them if they will give you the first 45 minutes to an hour without fee. In our area of the country, this is quite common but I cannotassure you that attorneys in your air will do the same. Regardless, with the information in hand, you can be much better prepared and the attorney will draft the necessary documents that would include a will, a durable power of attorney, a medical durable power of attorney and hopefully living will. I sincerely hope this helps and good luck.
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