Risks abound for Do It Yourself estate planners
Yes, you can do your estate planning without professional help.
However, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. The risk of making a mistake is greater without help.
The problem with the forms found on websites is that Florida has strict rules on how those documents need to be executed in order to be valid. You can download those forms, but you have no way of knowing if you did it properly or if it was appropriate for you.
Your estate plan is your last testament to living family. Not understanding how property passes after death is a heavy consequence. Mistakes can leave loved ones disappointed and frustrated. And mistakes have financial consequences.
And remember, your estate plan cannot be fixed if you are not of sound mind and certainly not after death. You and your heirs could be stuck with an estate plan that has terrible consequences.
Saving legal fees is usually the motivation for DIY documents. But, is it worth the risk? If you make a mistake, the legal fees will be much greater later when mistakes have to be fixed. And attorneys can save you money in the long run. A lawyer can offer guidance and provide options for you that you might not even think about when you go online.
You wouldn’t do surgery on yourself, would you? Why do your own estate plan?
Call the Law Offices of Debra G. Simms at 386.256.4882 to learn more.
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