Choose Lawyers Instead of the Internet

The Internet has changed numerous industries including the legal market.  Despite the many advantages of online services, there are considerable drawbacks when comparing the use of web-based estate planning forms versus hiring a competent attorney. The following list comes from a North Carolina attorney. Rather than relying on the bare information fed into a computer, a skilled lawyer can:

  1. Listen to your goals and desires and incorporate them into your plan.
  2. Offer advice, not just words on paper.
  3. Help with referrals to other trusted professionals.
  4. Make sure that the documents are properly executed.
  5. Make sure that any trusts are properly funded.
  6. Make sure that beneficiary designations are properly completed.
  7. Make sure that accounts and real estate are  properly titled.
  8. Help with managing assets of incapacitated family members.
  9. Help with probate and trust administration.
  10. Help with income, gift and estate tax matters.
  11. Help ensure governmental benefits for disabled or incapacitated family members.
  12. Serve as an advocate in dealing with financial institution and governmental bodies.
  13. Care about you and your family.

Of course, there is a sinister view that attorneys embrace computer-based estate planning programs because such planning generally leads to a much more costly probate proceeding.  To avoid the added cost and delay involved in a probate,  and enjoy the benefits listed above, consult with an estate planning specialist today.

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