When you go to an attorney to get an estate plan, you can generally trust that the attorney will get everything right and produce the documents that you need. However, you need to make sure that is the case before you sign any of the estate planning documents. Attorneys make mistakes and you need to read the documents to make sure that they do not contain mistakes. This is especially true if you go to an attorney who does not specialize in estate planning.
You probably will not understand all of the legal language in the documents, but you should check the documents to make sure that your property is handled how you want it to be handled. It is possible that an error occurred between what you told the attorney, the attorney writing it down in his or her notes and the attorney producing the final document. Many later estate horror stories can be prevented by just checking documents for mistakes before signing them.
Most of the time, you attorney will not make any mistakes in drafting your documents. However, make sure that you consider the possibility of mistakes and that you do not sign any erroneous documents.
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Ryan M. DenmanandDennis D. Duffy
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