February 20, 2019 Office News

One item that is important enough to note that we want it posted on the office Facebook and whatever personal Facebook would post it, is the matter of fees.

First, court costs are what they are. It would be the same if you did it yourself. One thing we preach constantly is IF REAL ESTATE IS INVOLVED, YOU NEED A WILL – it will save you a $500 filing fee and costs for a license to sell.

Second, we entertain the possibility of flat fees, on a case by case basis. We’re looking to make a living and serve clients, not just make money. You’d be surprised how unique an approach this is.

Lastly, we honor the need for a written attorney-client agreement; specifically tailored to the individual. Nothing hidden. We would encourage anyone looking to compare our hourly rates with others – quality with affordability is essential.

February 19, 2019 Office News

The office anticipates a new feature, “Something Legal”, where our staff can post entries regarding legal issues raised, researched and addressed within various cases. Shows that we try to stay on top of things and lets the reader gain an insight into the different systems we have to reach into to solve probate problems (e.g. deeds/registry; the VA; pension funds, etc.)

Our goal is excellence, happy to hear from satisfied clients that “we’re not like other lawyers!” Certainly because we don’t charge for phone calls, but also because of the extent of due diligence we take seriously for all those we agree to represent – and how it can be done in a  unique cost-effective way.

February 15, 2019 Office News

Have you started planning your estate? In my large circle of friends and family I found out that only 2 out of 20 actually have a will. Most haven’t even considered a will…..what? why not? Well, the most common answer is, “I don’t think I need one now“, or “Mom and Dad didn’t do one until after they both retired and in their mid-sixties.” So when I tell them that a will has no legal authority until after death and if there is no plan in place the state laws will determine how and to whom the person’s assets will be distributed, the usual response is, “really?”  Well, yeah!!

I told them we just completed putting the finishing touches on our will and now just need it notarized and made legal. It was way easier than I first thought and while I’ll admit, both my husband and I procrastinated, once we sat down, the process was seamless. I told my husband, “why did we take so long to sit down and do it?” I’m preaching to others to just do it. I understand dragging your feet or making excuses because I did it, but also want you to experience the feeling when you get it done. I feel so much better and know I am now ready to face the future. A feeling of accomplishment! My daughter told me, “Mom! Finally! See, it wasn’t so hard after all, was it?” Now that made me laugh because it was something I always said to her when she was little! lol

February 13, 2019 Office News

When you read this, you should ask yourself, “Do I have a will?” “Did I do the right thing and plan far enough ahead to avoid any confusion or undue drama when I pass away?”

Did you know that if you have no relatives (not married, no kids, no siblings, etc) and pass away without a will (commonly known as intestate), the courts will determine who gets your assets.

If no relatives are found then your assets will go to the state. I’m sure you do not want that to happen.

I know I would want my hard earned money or assets to go to a close friend, an alma mater, an unmarried partner or a favorite charity of MY choice.

Specify where your assets go, write it down, go seek the advice of a probate lawyer who can assist you with any questions you may have. But don’t delay. Putting it off means it’s not important, but it may be the most important thing you do. Choosing the right lawyer can be the most important decision you make. Call Alex Matulewicz at 508-660-0331, he’ll know what to do.