Top Fairport Wills Lawyers Near You

Trotto Law Firm, P.C.

Wills Lawyer | Serving Fairport, NY

585-453-0040

4 Time Super Lawyer and Rising Star Recipient Assisting Rochester Area Clients with their Family Law Needs. Call Jon Trotto Today!

At the Trotto Law Firm, PC, we provide our clients with expert advocacy in their divorce and family law, estate planning, and estate administration needs. We are dedicated to providing our clients with personalized service and a family tradition of excellence in the Rochester, New York legal community for the past 40 years. Our goal is to provide personalized and …

Weinstein & Randisi

Wills Lawyer | Serving Fairport, NY

585-310-1587

Rochester, NY Based Firm Assisting WNY Clients With Their Wills Needs. Call Weinstein & Randisi, "Your Family's Law Firm" for a Consultation. We Are Here to Help!

McMahon Law Firm, Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Wills Lawyer | Serving Fairport, NY

Free Consultation

315-487-3724

Camillus, NY attorney with 20+ years experience assisting Upstate, NY clients with their Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate and Estate Administration, Wills, and Trusts needs.

Makowski Law Office

Wills Lawyer | Serving Fairport, NY

Buffalo Estate Planning Law Firm

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Fairport Wills Information

Do I Really Need a Lawyer for My Will?

A will is a legal document that allows a person to decide how property and assets will be distributed after death. If a will does not exist, the state's probate court disburses the person's belongings according to intestacy laws.

What a Will Attorney Does

Although you can write a will without the benefit of legal counsel, the best course is to consult a Fairport wills attorney. The attorney can draft your will to ensure it is legal, that your wishes are honored, and anticipate contingencies that could prevent the will from being challenged.

How an Attorney Can Help

An attorney can often resolve your particular legal issue faster and better than trying to do it alone. A lawyer can help you navigate the legal system, while avoiding costly mistakes or procedural errors. You should seek out an attorney whose practice focuses on the area of law most relevant to your issue.

Tips on Approaching an Initial Attorney Consultation

  • Use the consultation as a means of gaining a better understanding of your legal situation.
  • Ask the attorney how many cases similar to yours he/she has handled. An attorney's experience and knowledge can speak to their expertise (or lack of) in addressing your situation.
  • Your attorney should be able to articulate roughly how long a case like yours will take to resolve and what sort of procedures to expect.
  • Determine how comfortable you are working with the lawyer and/or law firm.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

Common legal terms explained

Personal jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court's reach in personal jurisdiction.

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