In British Columbia, some people assume the do-it-yourself way is ideal for estate planning tasks like making a will. While it is true that you can choose to go it alone, it is possible doing so may cost you more in the long run. Unfortunately, these costs are not just money-related. A do-it-yourself approach may also cost you time and peace of mind as well as money.
Working with a lawyer to create estate planning elements such as wills, trusts and powers of attorney do generally cost more upfront. However, knowing these documents are legal and created with your best interests at heart can go a long way towards bringing you peace. Additionally, because they were prepared by a professional, you can be confident that they comply with the law in British Columbia.
If you need more reasons to consider working with an estate planning lawyer, consider these three ways your lawyer can work for your benefit.
— Advice: Making a will is not something one should undertake lightly. A lawyer can provide you with specific advice tailored to your individual and unique circumstances.
— Advocacy: No matter what, your estate planning lawyer will always work for your best interests. This provides you with a strong and legally-knowledgeable advocate during the entire estate planning process.
— Accuracy: The do-it-yourself approach can make it hard for ordinary citizens to know if the documents they create are accurate and legal. A lawyer can help you take everything into account, even matters you may not realize are important in making a will or other legal document.
As a service-oriented law firm, Garton and Harris employs a team of lawyers who are always ready to answer your estate planning questions. Please explore our website or reach out to our team for answers to specific questions.