In this age of the internet, more and more individuals look to the web as a source for professional legal services. Several companies, such as Legal Zoom and Rocket Lawyer, offer wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents to residents of the State of Florida. They are advertised as low-cost and convenient to consumers. Although we have a personal interest and creating do-it-yourself estate planning documents may be tempting, this is not a good idea. As the old saying goes, it is an example of being penny-wise and pound-foolish.
What are the Advantages of Hiring a Personal Florida Attorney?
When you choose a Florida estate-planning lawyer, you get a person sitting in front of you that you can speak with and look in the eye and judge whether you have confidence in their ability to provide you with professional and competent legal services. Since you know the individual, you can verify their credentials, experience, and reputation. They can provide options and suggest alternate strategies that might be more suitable to meet your needs. In addition, a Florida estate planning attorney is not just looking to sell documents. They are building attorney-client relationships for life.
Choosing a competent, experienced Florida lawyer makes you much more likely to receive a final legal product appropriate for your situation, in full compliance with Florida law. A Florida estate-planning attorney will discuss your family dynamics and financial situation. In short, you will likely get what you are paying for (even if you pay a little more) with experienced local counsel than some impersonal internet legal service provider.
Avoid the Pitfalls of Online Estate Planning
When dealing with somebody over the internet or phone, you have no idea or ability to verify with whom you are dealing. To exercise reasonable diligence in your choice of professionals so that the intended results are as desired, the ability to identify and verify the qualifications of the person you are dealing with is essential. In addition, online estate planning does not provide custom-tailored documents, and the long-term consequences can be immense.
Countless individuals have used digital platforms and filled in the blanks to create their estate planning documents, only to regret it later. If the documents are not executed correctly, they are invalid and worthless. At some point, your family will have to shoulder the financial and emotional burden due to legal technicalities.
Let C.J. Hilliard Law, P.A., Protect Your Legacy
Your estate plan is one of the most valuable investments you will make in your lifetime. Mistakes made today can jeopardize everything you worked hard to pass on to your family. Contact C.J. Hilliard Law, P.A., at (407) 656-1576 to draft and execute a will, a trust, a power of attorney for financial matters, and healthcare advanced directives that will work for you. We can create a custom-tailored estate plan you and your loved ones deserve. Our office location is Winter Garden, Florida, and we represent clients throughout Orlando and Central Florida.