A common question we get when people contact us about starting the process of drafting their Will or estate planning is “What do I have to do before I come in?” The short answer is nothing. At our firm, when we help people with their estate planning we don’t require any sort of forms to be filled out in advance, nor do you have to compile a laundry list of bank account numbers or balances.
The first step is to come in for an intake appointment. At that meeting you will review the contents of your estate in a general way and discuss who your legal beneficiaries are. It is during this meeting that you will instruct the lawyer as to what you want in your Will. There are lots of opportunity to ask questions and get guidance on your options. That first meeting generally lasts about an hour and pricing is discussed right up front to ensure everyone is on the same page (You can read about our estate planning pricing on our website. We don’t think it should be a mystery before you decide whether or not to come in)
The second meeting is approximately two weeks after that first meeting. That gives you time to reflect on the discussions you had and decisions you’ve made. If you change your mind you can contact us and we’ll revise the documents accordingly. The second meeting also takes about an hour. At this meeting you review the details of the Will. If it is to your liking you execute the document right then and it becomes legally binding. You go home with the original documents and pay your bill in full on your way out. If there are small edits, we’ll do them on the spot and you’ll still go home with your documents that day. If you’ve completely changed your mind and want the documents redrafted then you’d come back another day (and there would be an additional fee which would be discussed). As at the first meeting, questions are welcomed and we go out of our way to make sure you understand and are comfortable with the document you are signing.
If you live in or around Halifax, Nova Scotia, and it’s time for you to get your estate planning documents in place. Contact us to book your initial Will appointment at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-826-3070.
Author: Dianna M. Rievaj, Founding Lawyer LLB, MBA
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