IS A BARGAIN ALWAYS THE BEST DEAL?
Do-it-yourself companies such as LegalZoom market discounted legal services to consumers, claiming that all one needs to do is to answer computer-generated questions, creating an allegedly complete estate planning package. But what happens if your situation is individual, and does not fit the cookie-cutter estate model that is predetermined by these companies?
Do you think a Will for a 30 year old married person with two children would be the same as a Will for a 60 year old married person with two children? A Will should be as unique as the person for whom it is written. When an individual meets with a lawyer, that individual is not just a consumer being asked to fill in the blanks on a form. That individual receives the benefit of a lawyer’s knowledge, experience and skill in analyzing a person’s needs and unique situation.
A lawyer is also known as a counselor who listens to, questions and advises a client. A computer program cannot offer advice or perspective to anyone who does not know exactly what they are looking for.
Before making decisions that will affect one’s life or legacy, think about the saying “you get what you pay for.” Do you really want to risk your legacy by using a non-thinking, non-responsive computer program to draft your estate documents? The amount paid for planning your Estate is not just for the document itself, but for the value of a lawyer’s knowledge, experience, and skill. You should leave with not only an estate plan, but also peace of mind, knowing that there is someone else looking out for your interests, who is there to help and answer any questions you may have. (June 1, 2015)