Hiring a lawyer can be one of the most expensive services you pay for in your life along with a plumber (oh boy, did I make a huge plumbing mistake in the past) or electrician. Those looking to avoid these lofty prices may find themselves considering using a DIY legal website for the help they need. The question always arises whether using the website is actually safe. The main concern is whether you're going to get the kind of legal help you need to justify even the lower cost you're spending to use the online services provided. By taking a look at what the websites offer and how you can get the most out of what you're buying, you'll see just how safe using these websites actually is.
Lawyers Are Available with the Sites
If you're paying attention to the site you're using, you can get the help of an actual attorney.
Such sites as LegalZoom provide you access to a lawyer licensed in your state to offer you a consultation, according to Consumer Reports. This means you get the help you need to not only fill out forms correctly, but you can be assured anything that could possibly become an issue in a local court will be squashed due to the knowledge that only an experienced lawyer in your area can provide. If you're using a legal DIY website that doesn’t give you access to a real lawyer for consultation, you may fill out your forms incorrectly or worse, you may end up filling out the wrong form and wasting your money. Make sure you know whether the site you're using offers the ability to speak with a lawyer as a part of the services they offer.
Many Forms Are Straightforward
When it comes to drafting something like a will, you may be concerned about whether you can draft your own will to include the necessary legalese. In fact, something like a will is designed using easy to understand language. This means, you can easily fill out the necessary information within the will on your own by following simple instructions that come along with the document, according to Consumer Affairs.
As mentioned above, you may still benefit from the help consulting a lawyer when filling out the form just to make sure nothing is missed. In most cases, along with the form you're using, you can simply consult a legal book to see what the necessary information on the form is. You definitely don’t need to hire a lawyer just to fill out the form as they will charge you per hour rather than per document. Even if it takes you all day to fill out your legal form (it won’t), you're going to come out ahead as opposed to hiring a lawyer to do all the work for you. Keep in mind even if you hire a lawyer to fill out the form for you, you're still going to have a time investment required to answer questions and make sure the form is filled out correctly. You're better off investing this time in filling out the form for yourself.
Pay Attention to the Details
Whenever you're using a legal DIY website, you need to make sure you're paying attention to the details, according to CNBC. Such things as naming the executor of the will, can help you to avoid additional problems after you’ve passed.
This is why the legal DIY website offers you instructions that go along with the form you're filling out. Make sure you read everything carefully so you understand what you're filling out and why. If you're unsure, you should ask for a consultation with the site’s team of lawyers. You will spend a little more than filling out the form on your own, but you'll have peace of mind knowing that you didn’t forget anything.
Get All Your Signatures
One of the most important things to keep in mind when you're using a legal DIY website is to make sure your legal document gets all the necessary signatures, according to Forbes. As long as you get all the necessary signatures on the legal document it will be legally binding. Keep in mind, even a will written on a piece of notebook paper is legally binding as long as the proper signatures are affixed to the paper.
These legal forms provide you with a format you can fill out, so you don’t miss anything. It also provides you with the spaces for all the appropriate signatures. By paying attention to the necessary signatures, you will make sure all the right people sign the document. As you can see, this makes it perfectly safe to use a legal DIY website for your legal needs. Just don’t expect that the websites can offer you assistance if you need representation in a court of law. These sites are designed just to help you with legal forms.
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