Wills and Estate Attorney FAQ


What does an estate planning attorney do?

An estate planning attorney can assist you with financial and medical powers of attorney, living wills, revocable living trusts, last wills, and many other estate planning tools.  An estate planning attorney can help you accomplish your lifetime goals, as well as wishes for your estate at the time of your death, so that your loved ones are taken care of.  The Colorado laws concerning wills, powers of attorney, trusts, fiduciaries, and real property all come into play when creating an estate plan.  An estate planning attorney can advise you as to which documents best suit your needs.  At Myers Law LLC, our experienced estate planning attorneys in Boulder, Colorado, will be pleased to assist you.


Who needs estate planning?

Estate planning should be done by an adult (age 18 or older) whenever he or she has a major life change or milestone.  Typically, these events are marriage, illness, divorce, retirement, or death of a loved one.  Anyone who has care for how property will pass at the time of his or her death should do an estate plan, regardless of the amount of property owned.  Unfortunately, we cannot predict the time or our death, so it is important to take care of your affairs promptly.  The estate planning attorneys at Myers Law LLC, in Boulder, Colorado, are here to help.

Any adult, over the age of 18, who has specific wishes for healthcare or financial affairs, in the event that he or she cannot make personal decisions, or anyone who has care for how property will pass at the time of death, regardless of current health and regardless of the amount of property owned, needs estate planning.   Our Boulder estate planning attorneys can help you create an estate planning to suit your specific needs.


When should I start estate planning?

Estate planning should be done by an adult (age 18 or older) whenever he or she has a major life change or milestone.  Typically, these events are marriage, illness, divorce, retirement, or death of a loved one.  Anyone who has care for how property will pass at the time of his or her death should do an estate plan, regardless of the amount of property owned.  Unfortunately, we cannot predict the time or our death, so it is important to take care of your affairs promptly.  The estate planning attorneys at Myers Law LLC, in Boulder, Colorado, are here to help.


What should I ask an estate planning attorney?

When selecting an estate planning attorney, you should ask questions such as:

  • Do you provide a free consultation?
  • How long have you been in practice?
  • What is your fee?
  • What documents should I bring to our meeting?
  • How long will it take to get my estate planning documents?
  • What happens if I need to change my estate plan?
  • Will my will have to be probated?
  • How can I avoid probate?
  • Is probate complicated in Colorado?

It is likely that an estate planning attorney will want to meet with you in person and review an extensive questionnaire that you will be asked to complete.  It is important that you share all of your family and financial information with your attorney, so that she can provide you with the best advice.  Oftentimes, you may be able to avoid probate with alternative estate planning tools.  At Myers Law LLC, our experienced estate planning attorneys in Boulder, Colorado, will be pleased to answer all of your questions.


What does estate planning cost?

Estate planning costs vary widely, depending on the complexity of your estate plan and on the amount of assets involved.  Because estate planning attorneys maintain a high level of education, expertise, and training, you can expect flat rate fees to start around $1,000.  Websites that promise wills, trusts, and powers of attorney for less than that amount, do not provide the level of legal expertise and personal service that you can expect from Myers Law LLC.  You should consider carefully that what you might save in estate planning costs now, could end up costing your estate much, much more, after you pass away.  Myers Law LLC is committed to providing outstanding value for legal services provided.


What is probate?

Probate, also called “estate administration,” is the process by which a deceased person’s will and property are handled in court.  A probate case may be required even if the deceased person died without a will, or “intestate.”  Probate procedure may include validating a will, getting a personal representative (or executor) appointed, securing real estate and property, obtaining appraisals, dealing with creditors and payment of debts, and distributing property.  Probate procedure and the legal terminology in the Colorado Probate Code can be confusing for a non-attorney.  At Myers Law LLC, our Boulder, Colorado probate attorneys have compassion for families and can guide you smoothly through the probate process.