Becky Cholewka: One of the things I hear all the time, probably about 3-4 times a week in my office is “Becky, you know what, I’m simple. I just need simple documents.” What I really think people are trying to tell me is that they are “typical”. Maybe they have a checking account, and a savings account, a brokerage account, maybe and IRA, they have kids or pets. That is a typical situation, but that doesn’t mean your legal documents need to be simple.
Legal documents are comprehensive documents that are written in legal language because these are documents we sometimes have to provide to the court or other professionals. These individuals will then need to discern exactly what it is that you meant to say.
If you have simple documents that are vague, don’t have the answers that these professionals need to look to, than that means we are now in court. A judge will then have to decide what to do next and that gets very expensive.
So when you are talking about doing your legal documents, this is not a time to skimp on documents, or do things cheaply or the most cost effective way that you can. This is something you really want to make sure you are investing in, because these are documents that are not only going to protect you, but your family and can help everyone stay out of court.