More and more companies are offering cut rate legal services over the internet. If you’ve ever heard the old adage, “you get what you pay for”, it definitely applies here. A recent article in Consumer Reports did an evaluation of a few websites. For a glimpse at the article click here: Consumer Reports. To create the report, the magazine drafted four legal forms using the sites. Three professors were then asked to evaluate the drafted documents. The professors all came to the same conclusion, the documents just weren’t up to par.
Generally, an attorney will sit down with the client and go over several details in drafting a will, divorce decree, or estate plan, where legal websites only touch on the bare bones minimum amount of information in drafting. The forms produced by legal websites are generally fill in the blank types of documents. When you have such a general legal document, many problems arise. Your needs may not be fully met. Most of the time, for example in a divorce decree, there needs to be very specific provisions. There is no “general” case. Every client has a different work schedule, or the property varies. General terms can raise questions as to interpretation when it comes time to actually use the document. If you have a document that is very general, you will probably end up spending more money litigating in the interpretation of the document than it would have cost to just draft it right the first time. A recent article was written about the Consumer Report and it can be found here: Article. The article summed it up nicely, you are best off consulting an attorney, consult the websites at your own risk!
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