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Online LGBT Estate Planning: Why Lawyers are Worth the Cost

June 26, 2012
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As tempting as it is to turn online to save money on LGBT estate planning, this is one area of your life where it’s better to invest in peace of mind.

Because LGBT law is such a rapidly evolving field, online forms are quickly rendered out of date. Additionally, states have their own peculiarities about what constitutes a valid will or end of life planning document. Having a lawyer draft the documents ensure that they are up to date and comply with state specific requirements.

Given the mismatch between state and Federal laws, LGBT estate planning is particularly tricky. A lawyer can help you navigate the maze of issues.

The cost of hiring a lawyer upfront is considerably lower than dealing with potentially protracted litigation and emotional pain at a particularly stressful time in life.

If you cannot afford an attorney, we do recommend the NOLO books. They have a forms CD and should be available at a library. For advanced directives, Caring Info offers forms for each state. Please note that notarizing documents is preferable to having two witnesses.