Fees & Payments

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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 message, text, or call our office at 781-740-0848.

Helpul Information on Our Blog and Free Workshops

We also encourage you visit our blog for helpful information and 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 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.

Flat Fees for Probate and Trust Administration Legal Services

Probate and trust administration matters are notoriously difficult to predict. It is almost impossible to know at the outset exactly what it will take to move the matter through to completion for you. There are many unknowns and often also surprises in these personal, family matters, even when it otherwise seems very simple in the beginning.

That said, we have many years of experience and after years of loathing hourly billing (probably more than our clients even!) we have developed a way to try to take the unpredictable and make it more so to help make a very difficult time a little easier for you. The first step is to complete an intake worksheet and meet with the Attorney and Paralegal for a paid consultation to review and discuss the matter and receive advice about what seem to be the likely next steps involved.  From there, if you choose to retain us for further legal counseling and services, we will set an appropriate flat fee and scope of services we anticipate in your matter.

We will enter into a comprehensive engagement agreement and require a retainer payment into our client trust account before we process.  Our Attorney and Paralegal will then work closely together to guide you through the post-death probate or trust administration process, using the funds in your client trust account to pay both the necessary court filing and other costs, fees, and expenses for your matter as well as for payment for our professional services.

We will keep you informed about the status of your matter throughout the process of working together and should the scope of services and related fees require adjustment, we will discuss that with you openly and candidly, explaining the circumstances, and helping you retain as much control over the total fees involved as possible.

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 legal 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.

Payments Accepted

We accept payments via check, debit card, credit card, Paypal, or Venmo. We appreciate the thought that goes into making a substantial investment in quality legal services and hope that these payment options help you get the legal services you need without delay.

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