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Hazards Of Pennywise But Pound Foolish

I am sure you have heard the phrase "pennywise and pound foolish." When it comes to legal services (and everything else), keep this phrase in mind.

If you are reading this, you already know that our law firm does not handle writing wills, trusts and estates. Estate lawyers prepare wills and trusts and advise their clients regarding these matters. We represent individual people who have been hurt or wronged. When an estate question rises, we refer our clients to a qualified wills, trusts and estate attorney.

Let me tell you a horror story of "pennywise and pound foolish." We represented a fine woman who was neglected in a nursing home. After we successfully resolved her case, our client and her sister contacted us about preparing a Will. We told her that we are not qualified to prepare a will. We suggested several qualified estate attorneys.

Instead of contacting one of those attorneys, our client and her sister purchased a will on-line. The sister called and asked me what I thought of on on-line will. I told her that I was not qualified to give advice about a will, but that I would not use a will purchased on-line. An on-line will is not a substitute for an attorney's advice. I strongly suggested that they speak with an estate attorney. That was the last I heard of the matter until just recently.

I learned that our client passed away. Our client and her sister used an on-line will. They saved a small amount of money ("pennywise") and received no advice. The on-line will was not set up properly. The sister and the other heirs are likely to be sued by creditors ("pound foolish") due to not having individual legal counseling specific to their circumstances and needs. No two situations are ever identical, and unfortunately, there isn't a one size fits all approach to the legal system.

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