There are many reasons that you should stay away from online legal document providers. Some of the reasons, however, are usually only known to attorneys. This post briefly discusses one reason that you should not get a Trust from an online service, a reason that only attorneys think about.
When you get a Trust from an online service, the Trust is designed for your state’s laws. Well, you need to hope it is and that it is valid. Many are not valid because they use the same form for different states and simply replace the state name in the document. Even if the Trust document is valid in your state, a Trust governed by the laws of your state might not be what you need. Every state has different laws. The laws of a different state might be better in your situation. The online legal service will not know. It just sold you a form and does not care what happens after that. An experienced estate planning attorney can help you in determining what states’ laws you can use and which is best for you. It might be better to create your Trust in a different state.
Do not settle for form documents because they are cheaper and claim to offer a good solution. Talk to an attorney and get the solutions that you really need.
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