A (30-something-year-old) couple (with two young children) thinks most lawyers are crooks out to make a buck at the expense of their unwitting clients. They do a little research online and see what Wills are going for these days. Then they call a couple lawyers, price shopping around explaining, “We don’t really have much; we just need simple Wills.”
Lawyer A, who “does a little of everything,” is happy to “do their Wills” for them for a flat rate fee of $800 and will even generously throw in a Power of Attorney and Living Will, for no additional charge.
Lawyer B offers to do their estate plan, billing at the hourly rate of $250 from start to finish, but cannot give an estimate as to what the fees might total before an initial consultation and information-gathering.
Lawyer C offers to meet with them, via telephone conference or in person, to get a sense of what concerns they have that they want to address with a Will, what their personal family circumstances are, and an overview of their financial situation.
Please leave a comment casting your vote here for which lawyer the couple should hire and I will finish the story as you write it. . .