Fees For Services

Nationally Certified Guardian

A. SERVING AS GUARDIAN OF THE PERSON, GUARDIAN OF THE ESTATE, CONSERVATOR OF THE PERSON, LPS CONSERVATOR, AGENT UNDER AN ADVANCE DIRECTIVE FOR HEALTHCARE, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE, RN/PhD CARE/CASE MANAGER, ATTORNEY IN FACT UNDER A DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTHCARE, OR ANY OTHER ROLE IN OVERSIGHT OF PERSONAL GOALS, NEEDS, AND LIFE MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR A CLIENT. COURT APPOINTED AND SUPERVISED, OR PRIVATELY CONTRACTED. Progressive billing, monthly, in 1/10th of an hour, six minute increments. n.b.: “STANDARD” is our Usual, Customary, and Reasonable Fee (UCR). “VIP” is a discounted fee for referrals, and our past and current clients. “MINIMUM” is a further discounted fee for use with court appointed services. “BASE FEE” is the minimum and initial first month’s fee which includes case initiation and setup expenses. “RETAINER” is the amount due in advance of actual case initiation upon signing any private engagement or agreement and includes the BASE FEE and a non-refundable $60.00 Fee covering costs of preparing agreement and initial case conference.

  1. PRINCIPAL
 STANDARDVIP MINIMUM BASE FEE RETAINER
1. PRINCIPAL
JAMES LEE LAWSON, CLPF, Ph.D., MBA, MSN, NCG $135/Hr. $125/Hr. $110/Hr. $540/Month $600 Initial Pre-Appointment
Mental Health Provider (PhD, RN-BC-APN-AP&MH) $160/Hr. $150/Hr. $130/Hr. $640/Month $700 Initial Pre-Appointment
LPS Conservator
(PhD, RN-BC-APN-AP&MH)
$80/Hr. $80/Hr. $80/Hr. $400/Month Minimum Charge
Limited Conservator (PhD, RN-BC-APN-AP&MH) $80/Hr. $80/Hr. $80/Hr. $400/Month Minimum Charge
Special Needs Trustee
(PhD, RN-BC-APN-AP&MH)
$110/Hr. $110/Hr. $110/Hr. $440/Month Minimum Charge
2. SUPPORT TEAM STAFF
Daily Money Management $100/Hr. $95/Hr. $90/Hr. $400/Month $500 initial Pre-Appointment
SENIOR RN/CDP Care Manager $95/Hr. $90/Hr. $85/Hr.
STAFF RN- Care Manager $90/Hr. $85/Hr. $80/Hr.
STAFF LCSW-Case Manager$85/Hr. $80/Hr. $75/Hr.
STAFF Care Associate RN or MSW $80/Hr. $75/Hr. $70/Hr.
STAFF Care Aids LVN, CNA, HHA, etc. $25 to $65/Hr. $22 to $62/Hr$20 to $60/Hr.

PLUS: 3. ACTUAL, USUAL, REASONABLE, AND CUSTOMARY PROFESSIONAL CHARGES FOR THOSE ENGAGED AND CONTRACTED TO ASSIST AND PROVIDE NECESSARY SERVICES. Will be billed monthly at actual cost as authorized by client or courts.

PLUS: 4. ACTUAL, EXTRAORDINARY ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS other than local travel, postage, and communication costs. We provide services to an array of clients, including public, private, not-for-profits organizations and governmental agencies.

We provide services to an array of clients, including public, private, not-for-profits organization and governmental agencies. Our firm is certified as a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB).

NOTE: SERVING AS A FEDERAL FIDUCIARY FOR VETERANS ADMINISTRATION BENEFICIARY will be limited to Statutory Fees.

Life Care & Case Management

A. Evaluate and coordinate care for individuals who require assistance with activities of daily living due to physical or cognitive impairments.

 STANDARDVIP MINIMUM BASE FEE RETAINER
1. PRINCIPAL
JAMES LEE LAWSON, CLPF, $135/Hr. $125/Hr. $110/Hr.$540/Month G/C $600 Initial Ph.D., MBA, MSN, NCG
Mental Health Provider$160/Hr.$150/Hr.$130/Hr.$640/MonthG/C $700 Initial (PhD, RN-BC-APN-AP&MH)
LPS Conservator (PhD, RN-BC-APN-AP&MH)$80/Hr.$80/Hr.$80/Hr.$400/Month Minimum Charge
Limited Conservator
(PhD, RN-BC-APN-AP&MH)
$80/Hr.$80/Hr.$80/Hr.$400/Month Minimum Charge
Special Needs Trustee
(PhD, RN-BC-APN-AP&MH)
$110/Hr.$110/Hr.$110/Hr.$440/Month Minimum Charge
2. SUPPORT TEAM STAFF
Daily Money Management$100/Hr.$95/Hr.$90/Hr.$400/MonthNon-G/C $500 initial or Representative Payee
STAFF RN-Senior Care Manager$95/Hr.$90/Hr.$85/Hr.
STAFF RN-Care Manager$90/Hr.$85/Hr.$80/Hr.
STAFF LCSW-Case Manager$85/Hr.$80/Hr.$75/Hr.
STAFF Care Associate RN or MSW $80/Hr.$75/Hr.$70/Hr.
STAFF Care Aids LVN, CNA, HHA, etc.$25 to $65/Hr.$22 to $62/Hr.$20 to $60/Hr.

Asset & Investment Management

A. n.b.: “STANDARD” is our Usual, Customary, and Reasonable Fee (UCR). “VIP” is a discounted fee for referrals, and our past and current clients. “MINIMUM” is a further discounted fee for use with court appointed services. “BASE FEE” is the minimum monthly fee and the initial first month’s fee which includes case initiation and setup expenses. “RETAINER” is the amount due in advance of actual case initiation upon signing any private engagement or agreement and includes the BASE FEE and a non-refundable $60.00 Fee covering costs of preparing agreement and initial case conference.

STANDARDVIPMINIMUMBASE FEERETAINER
1. PRINCIPAL
JAMES LEE LAWSON, CLPF,Ph.D., MBA, RPTP/AFSP, SRTP/CRTP, NCG $135/Hr. $125/Hr. $110/Hr. $540/Month$600 Initial
WITH A MINIMUM ANNUAL CHARGE OF:
Trust Assets up to $1,000,000 at1.50% 1.25% 1.00%
Trust Assets up to $24,000,000 at1.15% 1.00%0.70%
Trust Assets over $24,000,000 at1.00% 0.75%0.50%

B. COURT OR PRIVATE APPOINTMENT SERVING AS GUARDIAN OF THE ESTATE, CONSERVATOR OF THE ESTATE, AGENT UNDER AN APPOINTMENT AS AN REPRESENTATIVE FOR PAYEE, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE, ATTORNEY IN FACT UNDER A DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR FINANCE, TRUSTEE, RECEIVER, BANKRUPTCY ADMINISTRATOR, ESTATE ADMINISTRATOR (IN PROBATE) OR ANY OTHER ROLE IN MANAGEMENT OF ASSETS, OR FINANCIAL SERVICES FOR A CLIENT. Subject to Court, Statutory Fee, or Trust Instrument Approvals.

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1. ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT FEE BASED ON GROSS ESTATE VALUE. Progressive billing, Daily, Monthly, quarterly based on Annual Fee.

Computation of AUM Annual Fee
4 Percent of first $100,000
3 Percent of next $100,000
2 percent of next $800,000
1 percent of next $9,000,000
0.5 percent of next $15,000,000
Reasonable amount above $25,000,000 as agreed or ordered by the client or the court.

2. All Financial Planning Services, other than actual Asset & Investment Management Fees are billed under a fee for service schedule, as follows:

  • Risk Assessment & Asset Management Planning: $175/Hr.
  • Tax Planning: $200/Hr.
  • Life Stage Planning: $160/Hr.
  • Retirement Planning: $160/Hr.
  • Employment Planning: $135/Hr.
  • Benefit & Healthcare Planning: $160/Hr.
  • Estate Planning: $135/Hr.
  • Charitable Giving Planning: $175/Hr.
  • Credit & Debt Management Planning: $135/Hr.
  • Budgeting and Daily Money Management Planning: $125/Hr.
  • Insurance Planning: $160/Hr.
  • Information, Data, and Identity Planning: $135/Hr.
  • Business Planning: $175/Hr.
  • Education & Funding Planning: $160/Hr.

The above fees are separate and distinct from our Asset & Investment Management Fees
PLUS: for other than Executor or Administrator in Probate and as agreed by Client or Court.

3. A NEGOTIABLE, MONTHLY BASE FEE BASED UPON COMPLEXITY OF CASE, LEVEL OF SKILL, EXPERTISE, EXPERIENCE, AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIRED. Progressive billing, monthly.

MINIMUM: $500/month based upon average of 20 hours or less per month. Requires basic business experience and acumen.

SIMPLE: $1,000/month based upon average of approximately 40 hours per month. May require advanced acumen and experience in at least one profession (Taxation/Accounting Professional, Insurance Professional, Legal Document Assistant, and Registered Nurse. Experienced CEO, CFO, COO, or Entrepreneur).

MODERATE: $1.500/month based upon average of approximately 60 hours per month. Requires advanced acumen and experience as two or more professions (Taxation/Accounting Professional, Insurance Professional, Legal Document Assistant, and Registered Nurse. Experienced CEO, CFO, COO, or Entrepreneur). May require management of real or personal property or benefit programs and applications and guidance for public entitlements.

COMPLEX: $2,000/month based upon average of approximately 80 hours per month. Requires advanced acumen and experience as two or more professions (Taxation/Accounting Professional, Insurance Professional, Legal Document Assistant, Registered Nurse. Experienced CEO, CFO, COO, or Entrepreneur). May require management of business interests, personal property management, or legal claims and defenses.

ENTERPRISE: $2,500/month based upon average of approximately 100 or more hours per month. Requires advanced acumen and experience as two or more professions (Taxation/Accounting Professional, Insurance Professional, Legal Document Assistant, Registered Nurse. Experienced CEO, CFO, COO, or Entrepreneur). May require management of extensive business interests, real estate holdings, personal property management, investment portfolio, benefit and entitlement programs, complex risk management, and legal claims and defenses.

PLUS: 4. ACTUAL, USUAL, CUSTOMARY REASONABLE (UCR), AND PROFESSIONAL CHARGES FOR THOSE ENGAGED AND CONTRACTED TO ASSIST AND PROVIDE NECESSARY SERVICES. Will be billed monthly at actual cost as authorized by client or courts. This may include the fees of such professionals as: Attorney at Law Certified Professional Accountant Enrolled Agent Certified Appraiser Real Estate Broker Registered Investment Adviser

PLUS: 5. ACTUAL, EXTRAORDINARY ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS other than local travel, postage, and communication costs. As agreed by Client or Courts.

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C. Court Appointed/Approved SEC Registered Investment Adviser, “Uniform Prudent Investor Act,” (UPIA) Compliant.

1. PRINCIPAL as Primary Asset Manager and Sub-Adviser RIA
Combined Value of Accounts Annual Fee for All Managed Assets by All Advisers: (there is no minimum Portfolio Amount)
Computation of AUM Annual Fee
4 Percent of first $100,000
3 Percent of next $100,000
2 percent of next $800,000
1 percent of next $9,000,000
0.5 percent of next $15,000,000
Reasonable amount above $25,000,000 as agreed or ordered by court
These fees are stipulated in the California Probate Code as Usual, Customary, and Reasonable for “Trust Transactions, including applicability to Guardianship, Conservatorship, Estate Administration, and Trust Administration.”
The fees in “C.1” plus EITHER

2. Betterment as Sub-Adviser RIA
Platform Fee The sub-adviser charges an annual fee of 25 bps (0.25%). This fee is in addition to the Principal’s Management Fee shown in section “C.2.” herein. This fee includes diversification, tax loss harvesting and strategic allocation with a client portal access. This Platform Fee for Portfolio Management is credited towards the Principal’s Management Fee as the Primary RIA and is not in addition to that fee in section “C.1.” above.
Management Fee The Principal charges a fee of 100 bps (1%) regardless of the Portfolio’s Amount. Thus, the maximum total Portfolio Investment Management Fee is set at 1.25%, regardless of the Portfolio Amount. This Advisory Fee for Portfolio Management is credited towards the Principal’s Management Fee as the Primary RIA and is not in addition to that fee in section “C.1.” above.
OR

3. Prudent Investors Network, Secondary Manager as Sub-Adviser RIA
Management Fee In consideration of the services to be rendered by PIN, Client shall pay to PIN monthly, in advance, a fee. Monthly fees are normally deducted from the accounts by the custodian and sent to PIN at the beginning of each month. Calculation of the management fee rate is based on a tiered fee structure using the combined value of all PIN-managed accounts with the Client, as follows:
Combined Value of Accounts Annually Managed by PIN Fee
$50,000 to $99,999 1.50%
$100,000 to $249,999 1.40%
$250,000 to $499,999 1.30%
$500,000 to $999,999 1.14%
$1,000,000 to $1,999,999 0.99%
$2,000,000 and above 0.80%
PIN’s minimum account size is $50,000. As a service to clients with IRAs or other special needs, PIN may (at its sole discretion) accept smaller accounts. When accepted, the fee for smaller accounts will be 2%. For very large accounts placed under PIN’s management, fees may be negotiable. Managed assets may include cash or cash equivalents. The client understands the initial billing may include the next full month plus a pro-rata fee for the balance of the beginning month. Any partial withdrawals will not constitute a pro-rated credit on management fees. PIN’s managed asset account eliminates all commissions on purchases and sales of securities. However, in addition to PIN’s annual investment management fee, Client may incur transaction fees imposed by the broker/dealer and, relative to all mutual fund purchases, shall incur charges imposed directly at the mutual fund level (e.g. advisory fees and other fund expenses). Client also understands that the investment of Client’s assets in mutual fund shares, individual stocks, bonds, and/or non-correlated asset sub-accounts also involves the cost associated with ownership . This fee is in addition to the Principal’s Management Fee shown in section “C.1.” above

Other Private & Professional Fees Privately and Professionally as:Insurance Broker/Adjuster/TPA

  1. Registered Tax Professional                                                          Tax Preparer’s Fee Schedule
  2. Legal Document Assistant                                                             Self-Help Fee Schedule
  3. Insurance Broker                                                                             Broker’s Fee Schedule
  4. California Notary Public                (State Regulated Fees)        Notary Fee Schedule

Resources

FIDUCIARY
Fiduciary – Wikipedia
Fiduciary Definition | Investopedia
California Professional Fiduciaries Bureau
California Department of Social Services
California Franchise Tax Board
Professional Fiduciaries Association of California
California Superior Courts
Superior Court of Los Angeles
National Guardian Association
Alliance of Professional Health Advocates
National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
Alzheimer’s Association
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
U.S. Social Security Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
U.S. Internal Revenue Service

Insurance Professional

Dr. Lawson was approached by his Physician Clients in his Healthcare Consulting practice in 1980 to provide Insurance Services specific to their needs. He established his first Insurance Agency and Brokerage, later expanding into Healthcare Billing, Accountancy and Taxation. Thirty-seven years later he is still a Full-Lines Agent/Broker in California and Nevada.

He has lines of authority to practice in:

  • Health, Accident, Disability
  • Life
  • Long Term Care
  • Property and Casualty
  • Surplus Lines
  • Special/Surplus Lines
  • Annuities
  • Variable Contracts and Securities
  • Registered Administrator (TPA)
  • Public Insurance Adjuster

He is also qualified as a worker’s compensation claims adjuster, medical-only claims adjuster, and a medical bill reviewer.

Because of his experience and expertise, Dr. Lawson can assist in Retirement, Employment/Group Benefits, Claims Adjusting, Risk Management and Mitigation Plans, and a wide array of asset protection techniques.

FEES ARE DEPENDENT UPON THE LICENSEE’S ROLL AND ARE DISCLOSED UPON POTENTIAL ENGAGEMENT.