You Get What You Pay for in an Estate Plan -Why Risk Doing it the Wrong Way?

I am of the opinion that estate planning documents are probably the most important and critical documents that you will ever prepare. Why? Because if Wills, Powers of Attorney, or Transfers or Trusts are not in compliance with every aspect of the law, then you run the risk of having your last wishes on this earth MP900309202[1]thrown out. You will not be around to say  “oh no-that is not what I wanted.”  You do not have to look very far to find cases where a Trust or Will or Power of Attorney was declared void and that person’s last wishes not met.

I am all for saving money. But– when it comes to estate documents you need to do some research and at least meet with an estate planning attorney to review your situation. Every personal situation has its own set of unique facts that impact an estate plan. An estate plan is not one size fits all as is often advertised or available online.

I often take a call when the only information a person wants is “What does it cost?” The other day I took a message and all the person wanted to know was “How much”? She then instructed me to just leave her a message. I advised her by message to at least consult counsel of her choice for these very important documents.

If you choose to go the do-it-yourself route for estate documents either online or form print-outs, then, like my grandfather used to say, “You pays your money, and you takes your chances.”

About Kate Willmore, Esq.

Kate Willmore, Saint Cloud, Minnesota, divorce, custody and family attorney brings over 25 years experience to every client's legal matter. *** Licensed in Minnesota and in California

One Response to “You Get What You Pay for in an Estate Plan -Why Risk Doing it the Wrong Way?”

  1. Great information, thanks a lot.


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