Do I need to hire an Attorney to help me create an Estate Plan or can I just do it on my own?

Technically, a person can create an estate plan without the help of an Attorney. People can go to the Internet, find a form, and fill in the blanks on the form and say they have an estate plan. Sometimes this works fine for their family. However, far too often severe and unexpected problems occur that cost the family a great deal of time, money and heartache. Sadley, these problems could have been prevented by a properly prepared Estate Plan. A common saying in the Estate Planning area is that an Estate Plan is like a parachute, a person can only discover if it will work when it is too late to fix it. With this in mind, it is strongly recommended that a person hire an Estate Planning Attorney when they create an Estate Plan.

If a person would like to save money, or they are too busy to schedule a meeting with an Attorney, an alternative is to create an Estate Plan using our law firm's Certified Self Help Center. While the Certified Self Help Center gives people the materials and information they need to prepare an Estate Plan on their own, it also provides for an Attorney to review their Estate Plan in order to "Certify" it has been prepared properly. Many people feel the Certified Self Help Center offers them the best of both worlds. It saves them time and money, while still providing the peace of mind that comes with knowing their Estate Plan has been properly prepared.

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