A Review of Avvo Legal Services
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Finding an experienced local attorney at a reasonable price can be a time consuming exercise. Relative newcomer Avvo, now offers affordable legal services at a fixed price with no hidden fees or long-term commitments and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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While it can be more expensive than online will making software, working with an experienced legal professional means he/she is focused on making your document valid, verses a piece of software only concerned with its accuracy.
"Attorneys in rural areas and small towns, tend to charge less, with fees in the range of $100 to $200 an hour... in major metropolitan areas, the norm is closer to $200 to $400 an hour. Lawyers with expertise in specialized areas may charge much more,” says David Goguen, on Lawyers.com
What is a Fixed-Fee Package?
Each fixed-fee package starts with an estate planning advice session, and varies in price depending on the documents you need or select. You can choose to create a living will /advance care directive, a last will and testament, individual power of attorney, living trust, or have your existing documents reviewed.
Once you select the document type to create or have reviewed, packages can range in pricing:
- $39 – 15 minute advice session with an estate planning attorney
- $99 – Document review and a 30 minute call with an estate planning attorney
- $195 – 30 minute intro call and start to finish help creating a living will
- $295 – 30 minute intro call and start to finish help creating a last will and testament
Interested in learning more about the whole estate planning process? Read more in our GYST Guide to Estate Planning.
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How does it work?
Our review team at GYST decided to walk through an example of creating a last will and testament for an individual in Washington State. After familiarizing ourselves with this service we found a fixed fee package for $295.
Step 1: Choose the documents or package best for you
Step 2: Select an Attorney in your area
After selecting a package, we selected an attorney to do the work. Our search produced a total of seventeen in Washington State. They were ranked in order of their Avvo score (10) to low (6). Avvo’s rating system is designed to be as objective as possible based on a number of criteria. The average Avvo rating among those listed was 7.8 and all but one had at least two or more client reviews.
One attorney in Bellingham had 62 reviews, and a 5 star rating, the largest number of customer reviews by far. Having a high number of client comments and reviews pushed our team to override Avvo’s algorithm and select Emily.
TIP: Provide your attorney with a question before your session and provide them with any documents you may have already (e.g., family heirloom, pet, long lost cousin).
Step 3: Payment
There are a number of ways to easily to pay online. via Amex, Visa and Mastercard were all acceptable. However, PayPal and Google Wallet were not accepted.
Step 4: Finalize and delivery of documents
Your final documents are printed and sent to you, ours arrived in one business day.
About Avvo Legal Services
Avvo is a private company founded in 2006, providing an online legal marketplace for consumers and attorneys. Avvo Legal Services, offers consumers fixed-fee services for the creation and review of estate planning documents such as wills, trusts, and power of attorney.