Last Will & Testament-Estate Planning: Should you use Legalzoom or Lawyer

Some folks want to draft a will but they're debating hiring an attorney or using Legalzoom. 

People like to save money. Question is: are you saving a buck now only to create major problems later? I've had to clean up the problems & it costs the estate $$$.

Going through the will process with an attorney gives you the opportunity to discuss your needs. PLUS the attorney should ask you questions to make sure what you want is what you need.

By example, one client came in and told me exactly how she wanted her will drafted. She didn't have a whole lot to give. I asked her one question that she had not even considered. I asked "what happens when you inherit from your parent?". Her parent has a significant sum. She said "I had never even thought of that." It entirely changed how she wanted to gift her estate.

Listen, you don't save that much choosing Legalzoom. You definitely get what you pay for. There's time to look for a discount and times to spend appropriately.

If you and your spouse or partner have fairly standard plans, my will planning (including Health care POA, POA, and Living Will/Declaration for Natural Death) starts at $350. Compare that to Legalzoom. That fee includes drafting a pour-over trust for minor children. And you get a real attorney. 

Now that's my standard fee. If you make multiple appointments, call me a lot, or have a long list of gifts (eg. "I give my beanie baby collection to my ex sister-in-law, Jezebel Jones"), then you will pay more. But most people only pay $350.

And yes, if you have an alternative partner arrangement, your partner can inherit from you.

Call or email Kirk Sanders for a will questionaire. 336-724-4707 kirk@kirksanderslaw.com

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