Using Do-It-Yourself Legal Documents won’t give good “Bang for Your Buck”!
Legal documents that ostensibly seem easy to prepare and execute are often subject to specific and subtle nuances that only an experienced practitioner will be familiar with.
A good portion of the initial consultation with an experienced estate planning lawyer will be spent collecting pertinent information, and coming up with a strategy that incorporates both estate and/or elder law planning that meets the client’s specific needs. The attorney should be asking to review the client’s prior estate/elder law documents during the consultation if, in fact, any planning had been done previously. Sometimes it comes to light that the documents that were prepared by individuals without the expertise of an attorney are usually lacking the protection that is required by law, and can unfortunately lead to dire consequences.