You can find instructions to do almost anything online. “DIY” or “Do-It-Yourself” projects are popular ways to save money. You can find websites that tell you how to plan your wedding, fix a faucet, or change the brakes on your car. Unfortunately, there are some things that we should not attempt to do ourselves.
A trend we have seen in the past couple of decades is the increasing number of websites offering legal forms or document preparation services. These websites offer a low-cost “solution” for consumers who want to address their legal needs without the necessity of paying attorney’s fees. Unfortunately, the “solution” often results in a problem that costs more to resolve than to prevent, if the problem can be resolved at all. This is the case with online estate planning websites. This type of estate planning is dangerous for several reasons.