One state in the U.S. has taken the step of creating a professional class of people to help fill out legal documents, according to the Green Valley News in "Legal Documents for Less?"
While online services have sprung up allowing people to fill out estate planning documents for a relatively small fee, the State of Arizona has created a professional class called the Arizona Certified Legal Document Preparer. This allows trained people to help others to fill out legal documents for less than an attorney charges.
In the case of Arizona, people are referred to attorneys, if they require legal advice. That may or may not be the case for online legal document services. However, the question to ask is whether that is good enough?
These services might be appropriate for some people who know exactly what they need and who have very simple estate planning needs. The problem is that most people may not actually know what they need, even if they think they do.
One of the most important functions of estate planning attorneys is to listen to what clients want to do and then guide their clients to the best means to achieve their estate planning goals.
While some methods may be cheaper, it is possible that your needs can only be met by an attorney. That may initially be cheaper, but it can turn out to be more expensive in the long run.
The attorneys and team at Nickerson Law Group help families with estate planning, probate, guardianship, and special needs trust planning in Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Dripping Springs and the central Texas area. For more information and to learn about our firm, visit Nickerson Law Group’s website. www.estateplanningaustintexas.com
Reference: Green Valley News (Jan. 30, 2017) "Legal Documents for Less?"