It’s no secret that lawyers use templates to create documents for clients. It’s also no secret that there are plenty of templates, available through plenty of websites, that those clients can use to create their own documents.
Wills, Living Wills, Trusts, and Advance Directives are just a few of the readily available online documents. Answer some questions, fill in some blanks, view a draft, and pay a few dollars, and you can print out your own documents. And, they might be ok.
What is the difference between those docs and the ones lawyers use?
Your lawyer has the knowledge and experience to see the bigger picture, know what the objectives and pitfalls are, and revise and rewrite the documents to make sure they are right for you. Lawyers use templates, whether their own or ones they get from trusted sources, to save time and to be thorough. There is no reason to re-invent the wheel when experience tells the lawyer that the right template is a good starting point, and to use it judiciously. Using a template can also save the client money.
Why not use your lawyer’s expertise to make sure the job is done right!