In today’s age of do-it-yourself (DIY) home repairs, instructional YouTube videos on every possible subject, and Pinterest, it is no surprise that DIY wills and estate planning documents have emerged into mainstream America. Essentially, these forms and templates use boilerplate language in an attempt to create a one-size-fits-all solution to your estate planning needs. Since every state has different laws related to wills and estate planning, however, the reality is that there is no blanket solution to everyone’s estate planning needs. While you might save some money upfront by using online estate planning forms rather than hiring a lawyer, this move is likely to end up costing you in the end, when it turns out that your estate plan is ineffective and not legally valid in the vast majority of cases.
One huge disadvantage to online estate planning forms is the fact that they are unlikely to reflect all of the nuances of Michigan law. These forms often can cause you to lose out on benefits that a lawyer would have pointed out to you, or overlook pitfalls that essentially invalidate your entire estate plan. The purpose of an attorney is to educate you about the requirements of the law and help you determine the best estate plan to reflect your needs and desires. An online form might come with some written instructions, but you can’t ask questions or accommodate your unique circumstances by using forms that supposedly are legally valid in all 50 states.
Another problem with using online estate planning and will forms is that you generally get what you pay for. When you are sick or injured, you see a doctor for his or her medical expertise. When you need to earn a degree, you are taught by professors and instructors who are knowledgeable in your field. If you need your car fixed, you call a mechanic. The same goes for estate planning; if you want a comprehensive, effective, and legally valid estate plan, you go to a skilled Michigan estate planning lawyer who can give you the legal advice that you need to create a proper estate plan.
If you are unsure as to what sort of estate planning mechanisms best meet your needs, you can turn to Legacy Law Center for legal advice about the different options that are available to you. If you or a loved one needs help with estate planning or related issues, you should definitely contact an experienced Michigan estate planning attorney at Legacy Law Center right away. Call Terrence Bertram at Legacy Law Center today and see what we can offer you and your family.
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