A: This is a question that you will need to decide on your own. What you need to remember is that the court will hold you to the same standards as an attorney, and your future will be shaped by permanent orders that will be entered by the court.
A: There are many resources on the web offering to help people draft a will, but be very careful attempting to draft a will or other estate planning document without the help of an estate planning attorney. Estate planning is complicated, and your estate is likely not as "simple" as you think.
A: You may be able to afford unbundled representation. Unbundled representation means that you are only paying for the legal services that you need without having that attorney representing you on all aspects of the case.
A: Every person needs an estate plan to protect your assets and your family members when death or incapacity occurs. A quality estate plan takes into account death as well as incapacity so you, your children, and your loved ones will be protected.
A: Planning for incapacity is just as important as planning for death. Incapacity planning includes Financial Durable Power of Attorney, Medical Durable Power of Attorney, Advanced Directive for Medical/Surgical Treatment (Living Will), and Parental Delegation of Authority.
A: There are no simple answers to these questions. Each case is unique, and the cost and time involved will depend on the individual needs of the case. Please call us to have an attorney evaluate your individual case.