There are positive aspects to attempting your estate planning on your own, but there are just as many downsides. Those downsides can cost you big time, whether you have many different kinds of assets and business interests or whether you believe that your estate is simpler.
More complex situations should always be addressed with an experienced estate and tax planning attorney. Appreciated property, families with children who have special needs, family-owned businesses, and blended families are but a few examples of where DIY estate planning can go so wrong.
More sophisticated planning strategies, like the use of trusts, are outside the realm of possibility for someone completing their estate planning documents. Furthermore, new legislation (and sometimes, increasingly complicated legislation) means it’s vital to contact a professional to ensure you understand the opportunities and liabilities correctly. Laws are always changing, but template forms and DIY strategies are not as up to date on these strategies as an “in the know” estate planning firm will be.
Going DIY could mean that what you set up for plans after your death doesn’t actually hold because the wording, structure, or legal applicability is incorrect. Trust the experience and training of an estate planning firm that has helped individuals and families address needs across the spectrum. Call us at 732-521-9455 or through email at email@example.com to begin.