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Make Sure You Think Twice Before You Prepare Your Own Estate Plan Documents

Frequently, we hear the following question: “Doesn’t it make sense to just get a will off of the internet, deed my land, and put money in the bank for my children upon my death?”  It’s just not a good idea. For the plan to work as you would want it to, it should account for plenty of complications. A good plan should protect your spouse and your children from the loss of valuable government benefits if anybody is or becomes disabled. The plan should avoid the delay and expense of probate court. The plan should protect money from children’s creditors or divorce or remarriage. It should be crafted to serve family harmony and to avoid disputes between children as joint owners.

Even a relatively simple situation is made up of many moving parts. Internet documents and joint-ownership devices just won’t do the job.

Also, assembling the moving parts so they work smoothly is just the first step. Your estate plan needs maintenance too, just like your car has a “check engine” light. Major family events like serious illness or death, marriage, birth, or financial reversals are alerts that you should tune up your plan to reflect those changes. Your plan shouldn’t be “one and done.”

It takes expertise to coordinate the various strategies available. Don’t risk a result that will cause your family problems and unnecessary expense. Contact our Tuscaloosa office at (205) 764-1262 or our Montgomery office at 334-239-3625 to create a plan that harmonizes the moving parts, so the gears will work together and you will leave the legacy you intended.

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