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Estate planning allows you to protect your loved ones from dealing with the expensive and time-consuming Court system, or probate, while allowing you to manage your property during your lifetime.
The estate planning process begins with an initial consultation about planning, how it works and the decisions that you need to make.
A complete plan includes:
- A living trust,
- Pour-over Will(s),
- Powers of attorney,
- Advance health care directives, and
- Property transfer documents.
Our goal is to make the process as easy and pain free as possible.
Probate is known as the Court process in which property is transferred after a person’s death. This includes the collection, management and distribution of an estate. We work with you to guide you through the Court system and make the transition as smooth and as quick as possible.
New and existing companies must comply with both Federal and State law for employees, industry requirements, among many other issues. If you miss one regulation or don’t do something correctly, it can be a costly event. Business planning helps avoid those problems.
Also, are there advantages that you might be missing? Are you thinking about forming a corporation, a limited liability company (LLC) or a partnership? We handle all types and can help you decide what is in your best interest. We are here to help work through the process and get you on track for success.
At Douglas Wright Law APC, we want you to understand the costs before you begin so you know what to expect. We pride ourselves on our honesty, integrity, and open communication.
A complete estate plan for an individual: $2,000.00 flat fee (plus any recording fees for deeds – set by County)
A complete estate plan for a couple: $2,500 flat fee (plus any recording fees for deeds – set by County)
The attorneys’ fees are based on the estate appraisal and set by Probate Code §10810 as follows:
- 4% of the first $100,000 of the estate
- 3% of the next $100,000
- 2% of the next $800,000
- 1% of the next $9,000,000
- One-half % of the next $15,000,000
For example, for a $300,000.00 estate, the attorneys’ fees would be $9,000.00 (4% of first $100,000, 3% of second $100,000, and 2% of the next $100,000). These fees are paid by the estate at the end of the case.
** Small Estate Probate cases are usually a flat fee – depending on the case – and would be discussed during your consultation.
Douglas Wright Law charges $350.00 per hour for all attorney hourly work, and $90.00 per hour for all paralegal work.
Douglas A. Wright has established a reputation as the go-to attorney for estate planning matters, probate, succession planning, living trusts, wills, and business law issues, among other things.
Mr. Wright holds a Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and was awarded the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Professional Responsibility (Ethics). He also spent a summer studying in the prestigious International Legal Studies program in Salzburg Austria with retired United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Mr. Wright completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Mr. Wright is admitted to the California Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts: Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, Central District of Illinois, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Wright has been active with a number of non-profit organizations in Northern California. He is a Past Chairman and sat on the Board of Directors for the Redding Chamber of Commerce, sat on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Corporation of Shasta County, sat on the Board of Directors for the Redding Colt 45s amateur baseball organization, sat on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Redding, sat on the Board of Trustees for the Mercy Foundation North, and is a past Vice President of the Shasta Trinity Counties Bar Association.
Awards and Recognitions
Mr. Wright was named to the Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 named the Best Attorney 2017 by the Record Searchlight, a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2013, 2014, and 2015, named on the Top 100 Lawyers list by The National Advocates in 2015, one of the Top Lawyers in Northern California in 2014 and 2015 by San Francisco Magazine, and one of the 2013 Top Lawyers in California by The American Lawyer magazine. He has also been twice recognized as one of the top 20 under 40 Emerging Leaders in the North State by the Record Searchlight.