In the age of the internet, many of us are used to finding out what we need to know about a subject by entering a search phrase on Google.com. With the proliferation of “self-help” websites, you don’t have to look too far to get all sorts of advice on doing your own estate planning work. As a Houston probate and estate planning lawyer, I am often asked basic estate planning questions from potential clients, which I am happy to answer. However, in today’s culture many people are choosing to sidestep professional legal advice when it comes to estate planning because they don’t want to pay a lawyer or because they think it is simple enough to do on their own. While in some cases people may actually be able to effectively complete their estate plan on their own, there are a number of traps for the unwary, which is why most Texans should seek the advice of a qualified estate planning attorney when implementing their estate plans. Here are just a few of the things that could cause you trouble (there are many more not listed here):
People who undertake do-it-yourself estate planning should carefully consider what they are doing before attempting such a large task on their own. Your peace of mind is what’s at stake when it comes to your estate plan, and any missteps in your planning could potentially have severe consequences.