One of the number one questions I get asked, is the cost for a 'basic' or 'simple' Will? Most law firms, including our own, have a flat, fixed rate for a Will or set of Wills or Wills Package.
When quoting a client I normally provide our standard costs, which according to several magazines I've read comparing provincial/natural standards and hearing what colleagues charge, is in the range of industry standard.
When we dive deeper into the actual set of circumstances of a particular client, their familial makeup, their assets or their wishes, this may affect the cost, as more time, customization, and effort (sometimes multiple lawyers involved) is required to achieve what the client needs/wants to accomplish. This means that what may in principle be a simple or basic Will, is not as easy as one thinks, given all the things that we as lawyers know must be considered that Will Kits, online templates, etc will not contemplate.
I generally do not charge more for Wills even if they are objectively 'more work' than a conventional one, but I do let the client know up front if what they are planning to do/we should be doing for them is not the 'norm,' so they are prepared for this.
If a client does have a blended family and intricate estate planning has to be done to ensure everyone is adequately provided for, this can result in a higher fee. Similarly, if there are adult dependent children involved, there are multiple clauses and trusts that must be established to deal with things like AISH and RDSPS. (read more in the comments)
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