Doc Prep services have been around for a long time. You just fill out the form online, and you get back a will that is “valid in 50 states.” The cost is low, and turnaround is fast. Is it a good idea?
Well, if the alternative is no will at all, and if your particular circumstances are just right, then yes – it’s better than nothing (maybe). And maybe not. Why roll the dice on something so important? Do you really want a lowest-common-denominator approach to your estate?
Did you ever buy a “universal” replacement faucet at the local hardware store? Did it fit your particular sink perfectly?
An experienced estate planning / family law attorney brings a lot of knowhow to the process of making a will. She can steer you away from common pitfalls. She knows which areas need more detail or more focus. The end result is that your will is more robust and ready for the contingencies of life. An attorney costs more than the DIY route, but the result is an excellent value. It’s really as simple as that.
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