Don’t Forget the Online Document Disclaimers

Jun 27, 2018 | Estate Planning, Will

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Online documents are easy to get, have a cheap price tag and also have disclaimers that should be read.

Many people attempt to act as their own “lawyers,” by purchasing documents online.  However, this does not generally bother attorneys. And the reason? Because the disclaimers on the websites generally say they are not substitutes for attorneys and do not give legal advice, according to the Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog in “The Deficiencies of Online Legal Services.”

When people do not get legal advice before preparing legal documents, the result is that something can and often does go wrong. The result is real world legal problems that need to be fixed.

This is great news for attorneys because fixing problems normally takes more time and costs more money than going to an attorney for advice and document preparation in the first place. It creates more work and money for attorneys.

Before you download a form to create a will, it would be wise to ask yourself if you really know what you are doing. Would you be better off getting legal advice from an attorney to make sure there is no trouble coming down the road?

Meet with the attorney who can advise you on creating a legal plan that fits your unique circumstances.

Reference: Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog (May 26, 2018) “The Deficiencies of Online Legal Services.”