Estate Administration & Planning FAQs

I do not want to do a will – do I have to have one?

No. No one “must” have a will, but the consequences for your significant others after you are gone can be severe and costly without a will. Without exception, having a will in place drastically reduces the potential costs of administering your estate.

What are the costs involved in estate administration?

The fees and costs associated with an estate administration will depend on the size of the estate and the nature of the assets and/or debts of the decedent. In some cases, we can provide “unbundled” legal services at a significantly reduced rate to simply guide you through the process. Because every estate has different aspects, you can call us to set up a consultation so we can discuss the estate and provide more specific information about the overall costs of its administration.

How much does a will cost?

It is almost impossible to answer this question without an initial consultation. The consultation is not designed to “trap” you into an estate plan or legal services you cannot afford. Rather, we provide FREE consultations for clients who need wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other advance directives so that we can determine which types of documents the client needs. We strive to provide all necessary documents at the lowest possible cost to our clients, and we will also provide packages to further minimize costs.



April M. Burt is a transactional lawyer. Katherine Langley and Chad Anderson are trial lawyers. These Asheville-based attorneys focus their practice in the areas of business law, employment law, estate planning, and transactional law. They serve clients in the Western North Carolina communities located in Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Madison, and surrounding counties.


Burt Langley, PC | 149 S. Lexington Avenue | Asheville, NC 28801 | P: 828-367-7090 | F: 828-318-8899