We know, we know. Why should you pay a lawyer to draft your will or trust document when you can do it online in about ten minutes and for a bargain price? The websites look pretty professional, and they have great names about zooming and rockets. How can a law firm compare with that?
Unfortunately, as wonderful as the online option sounds, as this article from Consumer Reports explains, using an online legal tool to create your legal documents is about as effective as using a medical website to diagnose and treat a major illness. It looks good at first, but as you put in your symptoms, you irrationally conclude that you are probably dying from what is really just a minor illness. You now have plenty to worry about, and no treatment from a knowledgeable professional. At the end of the day, you make an appointment and head to the doctor.
Similarly, using websites to draft important legal documents can lead to disastrous results for your family or for your business. Some situations have literally resulted with children ending up in foster care due to inadequate wills. As Consumer Reports shows, these websites might lead you to add sections to your will that contradict other portions, causing a probate court to throw out both or either of the conflicting provisions.
The documents may be drafted for the wrong jurisdiction, which might mean that the probate court refuses to honor the documents and your estate passes as though you never wrote a will. Business contracts must be customized to your specific business. Online legal tools create vague, unhelpful documents that do not meet the needs of most families or small businesses.
As quick, easy and cheap as these websites appear, ultimately they are too good to be true. The results cause more confusion than comfort, and often simply waste your time and your money. If you want to be sure that your future,your family’s future, and the future of your business are well looked after, we suggest you consult a real live lawyer.
If you are interested in creating will and/or trust documents or documents for your business, contact us for a initial phone consultation, where we can discuss your needs, goals, and your questions. Schedule your consultation by sending a quick email to RGeller@thegellerlawgroup.com.