BUYER BEWARE – On-line Estate Planning Documents

In these uncertain times Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directives) is on everyone’s minds. Many people use on-line services to generate basic forms. Unfortunately, those documents are often cut and paste, and can often have wrong information. Maine, for example, just passed a sweeping change to it’s Probate Code in September, and many on-line national programs have not caught up yet.

The Estate Planning Process is so much more complex than drafting a few forms. One of the most critical elements of the Estate Planning process is reviewing a client’s assets and making sure they are all titled properly. No on-line program can do this.

Working with an attorney is not as expensive as one might think. At Ballou and Bedell the entire process for a single person is $475 and $775 for a married couple. We offer a generous discount (25%) for any young families with minor children. These documents, if done well, can potentially last you the rest of your life, depending on your age. Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish.

Call us today and put your mind at rest.

– Kathryn Bedell, Esq.

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