In today's era of on-line forms, office supply stores, and software, it is becoming increasingly more common for people to try to prepare their own estate planning documents. Whether it is a simple Durable Power of Attorney, a Living Will, a Last Will and Testament, or a Trust, there are plenty of ways that people can try to create their own estate documents. In our practice, we often see this result in an outright DISASTER!
With all of the resources available today online and elsewhere, many people are tempted to try to do their own estate planning. They may find online forms or software at the local office supply store. Alternatively, they might use one of these online services. But is this a smart and safe way to protect your family and yourself? The answer should be a resounding "no."
With all of the resources available today online and elsewhere, many people are tempted to try to do their own estate planning. They may find online forms or software at the local office supply store. Alternatively, they might use one of these online services. But is this a smart and safe way to protect your family and yourself? The answer should be s resounding "no."
I recently broke my crown. I'd worn the crown for a few years and it served me well. However, people noticed when I broke my crown because I was unhappy and had a pained look on my face. No, I'm not talking about the kind of crown that rests on your head---I wish I had one of those but it wasn't in the genes! The crown that I broke is of the 'dental" kind. When it broke, I learned a valuable lesson which can be applied to my estate planning law practice. Don't put things off!
The term "Estate planning" conjures up a lot of misimpression. It's not uncommon for people to say "I'm not rich like Bill Gates, so why do I need estate planning?" or "I'm young and in good health, so why do I need estate planning?" The fact is, you don't have to be rich, elderly, or in poor health to need basic estate planning. Estate planning is important and necessary for every adult.
Unmarried and same-sex couples face unique challenges under the law--especially when it comes to matters involving estate planning.
With today's technology, consumers have plenty of resources to turn to when they think about their estate planning needs. On the internet and through self-help software or forms, many documents can prepared--everything from a Power of Attorney to a Living Trust or Will. But is doing it yourself really the way to go?
In the estate planning law practice, we often see clients and prospective clients who mean well and intend to get their estate documents in order. Unfortunately, all too often the intentions do not amount to "follow-through" and the price can be significant. This is especially true in the case of a crisis such as incapacity, incompetence or death.
When moving state-to-state, whether to or from Florida, it is advisable to have your estate documents reviewed by an estate planning attorney.