Will deletion

Will Deletion Attempt Was Ineffective

We see it all the time. We ask our clients not to write on their wills or trusts. This weekly newsletter regularly reports stories about how it does not work. Nonetheless, people keep trying to make a will deletion or modification by scribbling on the will itself. Please remember, folks: when the issue becomes important,…

Do it yourself estate planning

Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

Do you enjoy do-it-yourself projects? How about your estate planning? Can’t you just write your own will? How about online trust forms? And wouldn’t it be cheaper if you just prepared your estate planning documents and then paid a lawyer to review them for you? In this podcast episode, we talk about DIY estate planning.…

Choosing a lawyer

Choosing a Lawyer — a Cautionary Tale

How would you go about choosing a lawyer? The traditional advice is to ask friends, ask lawyers you know and trust for referrals, and check the publicly available ratings systems. Usually — almost always — those approaches work. Sometimes, though, choosing a lawyer can be more difficult. Lawyers know more about their experience, capabilities and…