Pregnancy Week by Week

Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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I want to create an estate plan, but I’m not sure how to find and choose the right attorney. What do you recommend? Also, how much does an estate plan cost?

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I want to create an estate plan, but I’m not sure how to find and choose the right attorney. What do you recommend? Also, how much does an estate plan cost?

The Bump Expert

Hiring a lawyer can be a tough decision -- you want to make sure that the person you’re working with is professional, experienced and that you can afford them. Plus, you want someone who’ll clearly explain all of the ins and outs of the estate plan to you.

First, ask around for recommendations, check your state or county bar association, or search for lawyers on the Internet. Then interview a few attorneys to get a feel for their practice: Ask them if they’ll provide you with a free initial consultation. Finally, choose a lawyer based on their experience, what kinds of services they provide, if you feel comfortable working with them and, of course, if their fees are right for your budget.

Want to know what type of pricing to expect? It’s common practice for attorneys to charge flat fees for estate planning services, so you can ask for an estimate of the total amount. Of course you’ll want to know exactly what’s included. Be sure to ask:

1. Could I end up paying any fees besides the flat fee you’ve quoted me?
2. Do you charge for additional questions I may have after I create my estate plan with you? What if I call you with questions a year or two after?
3. Will you notify me of changes in the tax or legal code so that I know if I need to make updates to my plan?
4. Does the planning fee include a regular review of my plan?
5. Do you have an estate planning maintenance program or membership for ongoing service?

Once you find an attorney you feel comfortable with, make sure you read your retainer agreement (the contract for your lawyer’s services and fees) carefully and express any questions or concerns with your attorney. Remember, the retainer agreement is negotiable!

Plus, more from The Bump:

Do I need to update my estate plan now that I’m pregnant?

What’s the difference between a will and a trust?

Can I create a will online?

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