Fees & Payments


Flat Fee Estate Planning

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Fees & Payments

Free New Client Informational and Intake Call

Contact DGVE law any time for a free, New Client Informational and Intake Call with a member of our team to ask general questions, learn how we can help you, what you can expect from working with us, and how to get started. You can schedule a time to talk, email info@dgvelaw.com with your name, some basic information, and the best time and number to try calling you, or call our office at 781-740-0848 during our normal business hours, Monday through Thursday, 9AM-6PM. We also encourage you to take advantage of one of our free, educational webinars or workshops. Our firm has made a commitment to mindfully offering its pro bono (free, for the good of the public) legal services. We do not offer free, initial attorney consultations regarding specific legal questions or concerns and merely contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship.

Flat Fee for Initial, Private Attorney Consultation

If you decide to schedule a private legal consultation for specific, personalized, legal advice and counseling regarding your matter, please be prepared to pay a professional, legal consultation fee up front and provide background information about your matter for our review in preparation for your meeting with Attorney Danielle G. Van Ess. You can meet with us safely and securely via video conference during the COVID-19 pandemic until we resume in office meetings.  During your meeting, Attorney Danielle G. Van Ess  will listen to your concerns, answer your questions (including some you didn't even know you had!), explain your options, and counsel and advise you personally.

Flat Fees for Estate Planning Legal Services

With estate planning, it is generally possible to clearly delineate the scope of services and to reasonably anticipate the time and costs necessary to complete the work for you.  Accordingly, after Danielle has provided you with sufficient information to make a well informed choice about how you wish to proceed, she will be able to identify the total flat fee for that work and your consultation fee will be credited toward your total flat fee, in a comprehensive engagement agreement, when you engage DGVE law for that additional legal work.

Hourly Retainer Billing for Probate and Trust Administration Legal Services

With probate and trust administration, it is generally almost impossible to know at the outset exactly what it will take the complete the work for you.  There are often many unknowns and surprises at the outset of such matters, even when it otherwise seems very simple in the beginning.  Accordingly, should you choose to retain DGVE law to guide you through the post-death probate or trust administration process, we will  enter into a comprehensive engagement agreement and require a retainer payment into our client trust account up front to begin.  We then use those funds to pay necessary fees and expenses for your matter as well as for payment for our professional services on an ongoing basis, invoicing you monthly throughout the course of your matter.

Written Engagement Agreement with Clear Scope of Services, Working Relationship Expectations, and Billing Practices

When you choose to retain us for additional work after your initial attorney consultation, we will review and explain the terms of and enter into an engagement agreement with you.  Our engagement agreement is a legal contract between us that clearly explains the work we will do for you and your total flat fee for that work so you know exactly what to expect in terms of our services and our fees. We accept credit card payments to help you get the legal services you need when you need them.  You may make payments, via e-check/EFT or credit card, by clicking on the appropriate payment link button below.

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