Decades before legalzoom existed DIY estate planning did. It’s no better today than ever due to mis-information on the internet and the desire of people to avoid lawyers. Here are several reasons (among many) to avoid harming yourself and family with a DIY plan.
A. DIY Planning is more expensive than working with an estate planning specialist.
When you factor in the separate charges that all DIY solutions charge per document, no DIY solution can price match a real estate plan. Remember that DIY planning is not real planning. You are substituting someone else’s document for your own. There is no design or drafting particular to your family. How can it make sense to pay more and get less? It doesn’t.
B. DIY plans are traps for the unwary consumer.
All DIY plans share this trait: they are not tailored for you. They are designed to apply to a wide swath of people none of who are you! This is true of all online planning documents. Remember none of these are prepared for you by a qualified estate planning specialist.
A current example is that almost every DIY plan is NOT HIPAA compliant. If the plan or any of your documents are not HIPAA compliant your plan will fail.
You are responsible for yourself and family. You will make the decision. Should you pay more to get less or even faulty documents that don’t work? OUr recommendation is to properly protect yourself and family by working with a qualified estate planning specialist attorney or lawyer on your estate planning, will, trust and other documents.
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