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Christopher S. Mulvaney

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ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE ATTORNEY IN BELLEVUE

PRICES – Since Cost is often one of the first questions, below are Attorney’s Fees & Costs.

 

For married couples,  I would prioritize estate planning as follows: 

  • If I could only have one (1) document, I would get a Transfer on Death Deed (TODD) for $300 (most valuable by far); 
  • (Plus $300 for recording which can be charged at this LawPay Credit Card Payment Link for a total of $600 for a recorded TODD);
  • (Quitclaim Deeds are $350 to prepare and $350 to record for a total cost of $700 each);
  • (The second most valuable estate planning tools are beneficiary designations, which are free). 
  • If I could have two (2) documents prepared, I would add Powers of Attorney for Finances & Health for $100 each ($200 total)
  • If I could have three (3) documents, I would add a Living Will and Mental Health Advance Directive for $100 each ($200 total)
  • If I could have four (4), I would add a Revocable Living Trust for $600;
  • The Last Will & Testament is free because it will not be witnessed.  Probate does not require a Will.  It is my opinion that Probate should be avoided, but if it cannot be avoided then the Beneficiaries should communicate, agree, and sign affidavits before opening a Probate rather than having the Executor submit a witnessed will without agreement which can lead to disputes.  Doing so doesn’t cost anything.  (You can execute a Will electronically, you just have to find two witnesses who are not related to you, or mentioned in your estate planning documents.  They need to email me their driver’s licenses, and then all four of us have to arrange a time to sign on video. Plus you need to pay an additional $175.)
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  • The total cost adds up to $1,600 including electronic recording of a Transfer on Death Deed by email in two (2) days.
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For single people, I would prioritize estate planning as follows: 

  • The Transfer on Death Deed price is $300 (most valuable by far);    
  • (Plus $300 for recording which can be charged at this LawPay Credit Card Payment Link for a total of $600 for a recorded TODD);
  • (Quitclaim Deeds are $350 to prepare and $350 to record for a total cost of $700 each);
  • (The second most valuable estate planning tools are beneficiary designations, which are free);
  • The Powers of Attorney for Finances & Health, Living Will and Advance Directive are $75 each ($300 total);
  • The Revocable Living Trust is $350;
  • The Last Will & Testament is free because it will not be witnessed.  Probate does not require a Will.  It is my opinion that Probate should be avoided, but if it cannot be then the Beneficiaries should communicate, agree, and sign affidavits before opening a Probate rather than having the Executor submit a witnessed will without agreement which can lead to disputes. Doing so doesn’t cost anything. (You can execute a Will electronically, you just have to find two witnesses who are not related to you, or mentioned in your estate planning documents.  They need to email me their driver’s licenses, and then all four of us have to arrange a time to sign on video. Plus you need to pay an additional $150.)
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  • The total cost adds up to $1,250 including electronic recording of a Transfer on Death Deed by email in two (2) days.  
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The $350 cost of recording a Quitclaim Deed is reimbursement of what it costs me to record (including the King County Recorder, Simplifile Annual Fee, Simplifile per document fee, the transaction costs for making the payments and the Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit (REETA) and some of the time using the software).  Recording costs are fixed and irrelevant to legal insurance.  The Recorder  raised their fees by $100 on July 26th, 2021.    $300 is the cost to record a Transfer on Death Deed because there is no REETA.    I am not making money from cost reimbursement; I just do electronic recording as a convenience to clients so they don’t have to wait four (4) months and pay postage both ways to record by mail.

 


Estate Planning is about people and relationships –

not paper and property.


Below is a form to complete so I can email you a draft of an estate plan for your review before we meet.


Preparation before meeting is key.
You will not have a basis for questions unless and until you have read the documents that I prepare for you based on the information you provide in the above form.  If we talked before you read the documents it would be like trying to plant seeds before preparing the soil.  There is a big difference between scattering seeds on the ground and planting seeds in tilled prepared soil. 
Preparation makes all the difference.  
 
It is best to discuss a draft in a ZOOM meeting because that is the closest to you being across the desk from me, and us looking at the shared documents together.  If that is not what you are looking for that is fine.  You can look for another referral to assist you the way you would like.  I wish you the best of luck.  You finding what you are seeking is what is important.  To proceed in a manner that I do not believe is the best practice would not be good for either of us.  Initial transparency so that you can make an informed choice is the goal.


Christopher S. Mulvaney’s Mission:

To Always Be a Human Being First, and My Role Second. 

To First, Do No Harm, then to provide the best legal outcome,

smoothest process, best value, and to make a positive difference in the life of every client.

Christopher S. Mulvaney’s Mantra:

May I be filled with loving kindness for all life.

May I be safe from dangers within and without.

May I be healthy in body, mind, socially, and spiritually.

May I be at ease and happy, doing good in the world.

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Mulvaney Law Offices, PLLC is located in Bellevue, Washington, representing estate planning & probate, chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy, and real estate transactions clients in:

  • Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bellevue, Redmond, Renton, Issaquah, Sammamish, Maple Valley, Burien, SeaTac, and throughout King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties.