Some thoughts about money
At Rubin & Bernstein PLLC we fret about fees and costs. We fret because, as professionals whose time costs real money, we want to be sure that our services add value which exceeds our charges, significantly. Again: we want to be sure that our services add value which exceeds our charges, significantly.
Value exceeding charges, significantly? That means we don’t charge $2000 to recover $3-5000. We won’t get involved in a battle driven by feelings, for when the monthly invoices arrive, you’ll wonder what had you so angry! And we’re going to be very practical about solutions, focusing on outcomes and costs. Simply, and we don’t want to sound like we only care about money, what ends up in your pocket—net of fees and costs—matters most.
Our words count most importantly in difficult situations. But our philosophy applies with respect to everything we do. We focus on best outcomes, and always take fees and costs into account.
Below, we show hourly rates and flat fees for certain activities. Absent exceptional circumstances, hourly rates will not change while we are working on an active matter. (If we handle a protective proceeding and provide annual guardian report or accounting services, rates may change over time.)
Flat fees are not available in every circumstances. Further, we base the rates we show on typical matters. An actual flat rate might be lower or higher, depending on complexity, expected time commitments, etc.
Fees v. Costs
When we prepare and send an invoice it will often include both fees and costs. Fees are amounts we’re charging you for the services we provided. So, what are costs? Amounts we’ve paid out, most often for a filing fee to a governmental body or a service provider. Costs are pass-through items: we charge what we’ve paid to someone else. Absent extraordinary circumstances, we don’t charge for copies, postage, and other incidentals.
Two or more of us
One more thing about fees. From time to time more than one of us might be in a meeting or in court. In those instances only one of us bills, and if we’re billing by the hour you’ll be charged at your primary attorney’s hourly rate. (We talk amongst ourselves about our cases, as well, as we want to benefit from one another’s knowledge and wisdom. But we never bill for time spent by us, talking with one another.)
We charge $500 for an initial consultation. The initial consultation usually involves an in person, 1+ hour meeting. We charge $500 because we have likely spent time on the phone, we may have reviewed documents before we meet, etc. In most cases the initial consultation fee applies to the fix fee shown below.
Will Package (Will(s), Powers of Attorney, and HIPAA Release)
Single person – $800
Married couple – $1,000
With trust provision – $1,200-$1,800
Trusts (Trust, Pour Over Will(s), Powers of Attorney, and HIPAA Release)
Simple (single or married) – $2,000 - $2,500
Special Needs Trust as part of Estate Planning – $2,500-$3,000
Other Estate Planning
Arizona Beneficiary Deeds – $500
Other Deeds – $250
Powers of Attorney – $400
Home Visits (Initial Interview or Signing) – $400 each visit
Affidavit for Collection of Personal Property – $400
Affidavit of Succession to Real Property – $1,200
Uncontested Probate – $2,500
Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings
Guardianship, Conservatorship, or a combined proceeding – $3,000
Emergency Guardianship, Conservatorship, or a combined proceeding – $4500