Can a lawyer charge benefeciars to have a Tust read to them?

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Can a lawyer charge benefeciars to have a Tust read to them?

Asked on April 25, 2013 under Estate Planning, California

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Nathan Wagner / Law Office of Nathan Wagner

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, they can charge for that. In the movies, gathering everyone together for a reading of the will creates a dramatic scene. In real life, however, it is very unusual for the lawyer to read the will or the trust for everyone. Usually, the lawyer just sends each beneficiary a copy of the trust so they can read it on their own. I see no reason why a lawyer could not charge for the time it takes to have a meeting where the trust is read to the beneficiaries. 


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