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Arden Law Attorney Fees
& Legal Pricing Guide 

Our lawyers are licensed in Maryland only. This fee guide offers general info on average attorney fees and costs for legal services but is not a promise to represent. 

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Attorney Fees & Costs.

We believe clients should understand legal fees BEFORE they get the bill! 

Although cost is not the sole factor in finding a good attorney match it is an important component.  

Selecting an attorney is a matter of finding someone whose experience, values,  availability, approach, philosophy and cost are all suited to a particular client’s situation and need.  

Although cost is not the sole factor in finding a good attorney match it can be an important component.  We believe excellent representation can be affordable.  The overwhelming majority of cases we handle qualify for our flat fees.  Circumstances can affect how representative fees apply - sometimes a situation is more complex than qualifies for flat fees or other legal work is needed. 

An attorney-clent relationship is not formed unless we talk and BOTH of us agree.
 Our firm may decline to take your case, even if we generally practice in that area.  However you are welcome to contact us to see if we are able to take on your matter.

Our Standard Legal Fees by Matter

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Understanding Attorney Fees
before you get the bill

We’re happy to provide up-front, transparent pricing of our standard legal fees in Maryland.  This pricing guide is not a promise to represent.
Some situations may require additional work beyond flat fees. We do not start any legal work unless/until an attorney has reviewed your case and we both agree to the terms.  Questions?  Please give us a call. 

Estate Planning Fees

We help with Maryland estate plans for inviduals and families at affordable flat fees. See below for customary Arden Law fees for common estate planning services. Pricing as of 1-15-2023
This fee guide is not a promise to represent but we’re happy to talk to you to see if we can assist.  

  • Standard Estate Planning  - Individual

    Includes attorney meeting, Last Will & Testament, Financial Power of Attorney and Health Care Advance Directive, Notarizing Planning Documents, Filing Will for Safekeeping at Register of Wills’ vault.  

  • Standard Estate Planning - Married Couple

    Includes attorney meeting, Last Wills & Testament, Financial Powers of Attorney and Health Care Advance Directives for both Husband and Wife, Notarizing Planning Documents, Filing Wills for Safekeeping at Register of Wills’ vault.  

  • Revocable Trust Package - Individual

    Includes attorney meeting, Custom Revocable Trust Agreement, “Pour over” Last Will & Testament, Financial Power of Attorney, Health Care Advance Directive, Deed into Revocable Trust for Maryland Principal Residence, Notarizing Planning Documents, Filing Will for Safekeeping at Register of Wills’ vault.  Planning Binder and USB.  
    (Gov’t recording fees for deed additional)

    Revocable Trust Package - Married Couple

    Includes attorney meeting, Custom Revocable Trust Agreement, “Pour over” Last Wills & Testament, Financial Powers of Attorney, Health Care Advance Directives for both Husband & wife, Deed into Revocable Trust for Maryland Principal Residence, Notarizing Planning Documents, Filing Wills for Safekeeping at Register of Wills’ vault.  Planning Binder and USB.  
    (Gov’t recording fees for deed additional)

    Power of Attorney (stand-alone)

    Financial Power of Attorney, includes notarization at law firm. 

    Life Estate / Planning Deed (stand-alone)


    Life Estate / Planning Deed (with other planning)

  • $525.00




  • $795.00




  • $1,100 - $1275

    Plus government recording fees for deed.




    $1,505.00

    Plus government recording fees for deed.




    $125.00


    $300.00

    Plus recording fees

    $250.00

    Plus recording fees

Comprehensive Trust Package

We don’t just hand you a boilerplate one-size-fits-all trust - Arden Law's Managing Attorney willl sit down and meet with you to understand your specific needs and goals and craft a Trust that works for you, in language you can understand! 
Our Trust package includes a customized Revocable Living Trust plus Deed for principal residence in addition to Will(s), Power of Attorney and Health Care Advance Directive.   
Free edits for 30 days after your Trust plan is finalized. 

  • Trust Agreement 

  • Deed to convey Principal MD Residence into Trust

  • Last Will & Testament (pour-over)

  • Financial Power of Attorney

  • Health Care Advance Directive / Living Will(s)

  • Meeting with Managing Attorney to review and discuss.

  • Storing will for safekeeping at Register of Wills  

  • Recording Deed

 We include the cost of storing any Will for safekeeping but other government filing fees are not included. Government recording fees vary by county, ask us for an estimate. Deeds for additional Maryland properties at $50 off standard rates.

Basic Planning Package

Our basic estate planning package includes a planning meeting with our Managing Attorney and 3 core planning documents. 

  • Last Will & Testament

  • Financial Power of Attorney

  • Health Care Advance Directive

  • Storing Will(s) for safekeeping at Register of Wills

Add-on / stand-alone Estate Planning documents

While our comprehensive planning packages typically offer the best value, we can prepare stand-alone planning documents where requested. 

  • Power of Attorney $125

  • Medical Advance Directive $100

  • Will Amendments $205-$400

  • Will $300-$350

  • Stand Alone Deed $300


Business Services Fees

Flat attorney fee for small business registration / formation with Maryland start-ups.  See below for customary Arden Law fees for common business services. Pricing as of 1-15-2023
This fee guide is not a promise to represent but we’re happy to talk to you to see if we can assist.  

  • LLC Formation - Single Member



  • LLC Formation - (2 Members)




  • LLC Formation (3-5 Members)





    Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)


    Business Consultation

  • $750.00

    plus gov’t fees

  • $850.00

    plus gov’t fees


  • $1250.00

    plus gov’t fees



    $300.00-$400.00


    $250.00

LLC Formation
(Non regulated fields)


  • Articles of Organization

  • Operating Agreement

  • Organizational Meeting with Attorney Present

  • Meeting Minutes

  • EIN for business

  • Company Binder with Member Certificate

  • Trade name registration

Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) and boilerplate business contracts

We assist small businesses looking to present non-disclosure agreements and/or other standard business contracts to their clients. 

While we prepare most contracts for a flat fee determined in advance, pricing depends on the nature of the contract to be drafted. 

Business Consults

We’re happy to meet with small business owners to discuss legal issues impacting their business.  We charge a flat attorney fee of $250 for a standard in-depth consultation of 1 to 1.5 hours with our managing attorney. 


Real Estate Fees

Our real estate lawyer(s) offer attorney-prepared deeds, contracts and mortgage loans for reasonable flat fees.(Costs of recording not included but we’re happy to provide an estimate). Note that transfer and reordation taxes may apply. 
Customary Arden Law fees for common legal services. Pricing as of 1-15-2023.  
This fee guide is not a promise to represent but we’re happy to talk to you to see if we can assist.  

  • Real Estate Services:

    No-Consideration / Family Deed 

    When exempt from transfer taxes.  
    Note that some family transfers in some jurisdictions may be subject to transfer tax,

    Life Estate (Transfer on Death) Deed



  • Deed in/out of Trust



  • Personal Representative Deed

    =

    Deed with Transfer Tax


    Full Legal Representation in Residential Purchase / Sale

  • Flat Attorney Fee:

    $300.00

    plus gov’t / third party fees

    $300.00

    plus gov’t / third party fees

  • $325.00

    plus gov’t / third party fers

  • $350.00

    plus gov’t / third party fers

    $425.00

    plus gov’t / third party fers

    1% of sales price

$300 + gov’t fees
- Family or
No Consideration Quit Claim Deed

Maryland deed prepared by experienced real estate attorney includes: 

  • Land Records research to retreive existing deed

  • Preparation of required Land Intake sheets

  • Preparing Supplmental Deed Affidavits as necessary

  • Notarization at law firm (other notary options available for additional cost)

  • Ordering county-specific lien releases

  • Coordinating Recording at various governmental offices

  • Electronic submission to county where available

PLUS - our experienced attorney is available to answer questions about tax ramifications at no additional charge and outline different scenarios (e.g., adding children as co-owners vs. life estate deeds)

$325 + gov’t fees
- Estate or Trust Deed

Maryland deed prepared by experienced real estate attorney includes: 

  • Review of Trust Instrument and/or Will

  • Land Records research to retrieve existing deed

  • Preparing Required Land Intake Sheets (state and county)

  • Preparing Necessary Supplemental Affidavits (e.g., principal residence)

  • Notarization at law firm (other notary options available for additional cost)

    Preparation of required Land Intake sheets

  • Ordering county-specific lien releases

  • Coordinating Recording at various governmental offices

  • Electronic submission to county where available

Request Deed

$425 + gov’t fees + transfer taxes
- Sale / Purchase or Deed with Consideration

Maryland deed prepared by experienced real estate attorney includes: 

  • Mandatory year end IRS reporting (forms 1099-S for real estate transactions)

  • Calculating Transfer and Recordation taxes

    Land Records and tax office research to retreive existing deed and tax account

  • Preparing state and county Land Intake sheets

  • Preparing Supplmental Deed Affidavits as necessary

  • Notarization at law firm (other notary options available for additional cost)

  • Ordering county-specific lien releases

  • Coordinating Recording at various governmental offices

  • Electronic submission to county where available

Add - on :  $150 - Settlement sheet where desired or needed to document sales price, transfer tax allocation, etc. 

Maryland Residential
Real Estate Contracts

Our attorney prepared  standard sales contract for an existing single family home  includes all of the following

  • consultation with managing real estate attorney

  • Retrieving most recent deed from Land Records

  • Attorney-Prepared Contract of Sale

    Mandatory State County-Specific Addendum

Note: stand-alone contracts DO NOT INCLUDE the customary assistance most buyers/sellers obtain through a broker or legal counsel (for example, negotiation, addendum changing terms, walk-throughs, coordinating with title company, review of settlement papers or representation throughout the sales process.)  

We offer FULL Buyer or Seller representation in residential transactions for 1% of the sales price.  

Residential Seller Held Mortgages

Our Seller-Held Mortgage Loan Packages include

  • Maryland Mortgage / Deed of Trust

  • Promissory Note

  • Amortization Schedule

  • Borrower / Lender Certifications

    Personal Guaranty (for Investment / Commercial Loans)

Rent-to-Own Agreements and other Real Estate Documents

We prepare real estate agreements related to Rent-to-Own and other situations. 

Free Preliminary Consultation
(phone or email exchange)

$0 - Free 

No Cost 5-10 Min Phone Call 
or email exchange with Attorney.

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In-Depth (Paid) Consultation
with Managing Attorney

$250

Private consultation (1 - 1.5 hours) with experienced Managing Attorney. In Person, Virtual or Over the Phone.

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