Living in an age where one can Google how to do anything, people think they can “google” their way into not going to the doctor, hiring a roofer or not needing professional legal advice. In spite of Google, hiring an expert is often still the best way to make sure the job is done right. Many people are hesitant to hire a lawyer because they are fearful of what it might cost. While it is true that legal services cost money, having a skilled professional on your side in most cases means a better outcome. Here are two examples of when it is especially important to hire an attorney.
Setting up a Small Business.
If you own or operate a business, you need to ensure you have every legal document in place. These documents are not only the benefit of your business but for your safety and security as well. You want to protect your personal assets in the event there are liability issues with your business operations. Whether you are deciding how to set up your business or how to pass down your business to family members, the information and process can be long and complicated. Business law is constantly changing and only someone in the profession will stay on top of these changes.
Drafting a Last Will & Testament
Drafting a proper Last Will and Testament can save your family a lot of heartache, stress, and money after your passing. Nothing brings out the worst in people more than money and if you pass away without leaving explicit instructions, your verbal wishes may not be followed when it comes to distributing your assets. The only way to make sure a Will is drafted correctly is to hire an attorney with experience to do so. While a form pulled off the internet may work, do you want to take this chance and put your family through the expense and hassle of a poorly drafted Will after you have passed? A Probate can be costly in the best circumstances, if it becomes protracted by arguing the cost will be prohibitive. In any event, remember a form pulled off the internet will not be specific to your last wishes — an experienced attorney will have the knowledge to ask the right questions so they can draft a Will to fit your individual needs. It’s a good investment.
If you need help with setting up a small business or drafting a Will, call me today to set up a consultation that focuses on your individual needs and the needs of your family.