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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Can't I just get my Will from LegalZoom?

Legal Zoom does great marketing and seems like a great alternative to those pesky lawyers.  I mean gosh, you have to go there, you have to talk to them and you just wind up with documents, right?  

Of course, I am an attorney and so I may have biased opinion but after reading this post, http://www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com/2010/05/24/legalzoom-vs-lawyer-what-you-dont-know-can-hurt-you/ I can't say enough about finding an attorney and making sure your Will really DOES have the effect you want and really IS a legally binding document.  

For example, look at this statement posted on the top left hand corner of the website that says 80% of people who fill in the blanks do so incorrectly.

 

Of course, this is followed by the great marketing technique that "professionals" are available to help and that you the customer can have “peace of mind” knowing that LegalZoom "professionals" will help you customize your Will based on legal decisions.

BEWARE: LegalZoom is NOT a law firm. LegalZoom is NOT permitted to provide legal advice, apply the law to your particular situation, review your answers for legal sufficiency, or draw legal conclusions.  Don't fall for it.

Check out this video  that shows an attorney who walks through the process of obtaining a will through LegalZoom.   It shows how easy it is to make significant mistakes - even for someone who is an attorney.

Is LegalZoom cheaper than going to an attorney?  Yes.  But if your documents are invalid or ineffective, you may as well flush your money down the toilet (or at least go to a nice dinner!).  Worse, if the document IS valid but results in unintended consequences, you have now done more harm than good.  The sad truth is that mistakes are not likely to be uncovered until after you die.

PLEASE, consider it an investment and don't go the cheap route on this.  It's too important to just hope you get it right.

 




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