Colorado Estate Planning Blog

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Trust in a box

Why do I need to pay an attorney when I can buy software for $9.99 to do the same thing?

There are many reasons that the “do-it-yourself” software, forms, or websites are not a good idea. Of course, bottom line, no one will know if you made a mistake in your “do-it-yourself planning” until after you are deceased. And then it’s too late.

The main reason people do a trust-in-a-box is to save money.  Saving money is always a worthy goal. Take a quick inventory of your home. Your big screen TV may have cost more than my estate planning fees. The sales tax and registration fees on that SUV are far more than most estate planning fees. And, what about that expensive one week vacation you took last year? Yet, do you really believe that your children deserve a $9.99 trust-in-a-box?

Estate planning isn’t just about boilerplate legal documents. It’s really about having a support team of advisors that you have come to trust for their experience, expertise and interest in helping you achieve your goals.

It is not advisable to cut corners to save money where it counts the most–with your loved ones.  Folks will spend hours researching a computer system and update it regularly so that they have the latest and greatest system available.  If you go to that kind of trouble for a computer, why would you want to cut corners on your family’s well-being and security?

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