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By Peri Kinder

March 6, 2014

Unfortunately, it’s a situation that attorneys see all the time. Sometimes it’s drafting business contracts, other times it’s drawing up an estate planning document, like a will or a trust. The internet has thousands of sites ready to prepare cheap business documents, grant quick divorces or draft inexpensive wills, but it still baffles attorneys that people think they can figure out these procedures without sound legal advice.

“I know there are all types of forms on the internet. People can pull down a $49 will,” Gilson says. “And whether it’s in compliance with Utah law, who knows? Maybe once they’re dead, they’ll find out it was defective. But that leaves the family to deal with it.”

Small business owners often try to go it alone by drafting their own contracts or entering into agreements without having the documents reviewed by an attorney. But a little preventative advice could save hundreds of thousands of dollars—and a lot of stress.

A skilled attorney can create documents customized to a client’s individual circumstances and can help people from falling victim to scams when dealing with issues like foreclosure.

Seiler warns that there is a lot of bad information out there, and he encourages anyone to pick up the phone and ask an attorney questions. Because each state has its own laws, if you don’t have a clear understanding of the issues you can’t make an informed decision.

“There are plenty of [attorneys] who are happy to talk to you. We kind of have a corner on information, and we’re glad to help that way.”

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