My planning process makes it hard to answer this question. I help my clients evaluate risk, balance the likelihood and potential severity of those problems against what it takes to prevent them, and come to a reasoned determination of the level of protections they wish to provide for themselves and their family.
Documents are tools. My job is to help you identify what you wish to accomplish and choose the best tools for the job. My goal is to use the most appropriate strategies to fit your specific needs, and the best documents to implement those strategies. But I don’t sell documents.
If you need a simple and straightforward estate plan, that is what I will recommend. But I will do so only after going through the same process that I use with all clients. In the end, this will mean that you will pay slightly more for a plan that includes a “simple” will than if you had gone to another lawyer who did not spend the same amount of time getting to know you. You are not paying for documents, but advice, comfort, and peace of mind.
I understand that some people simply want a Will or a Power of Attorney, and do not wish to discuss their assets, their goals, or their family or how those tools accomplish their goals. There are plenty of lawyers who will provide that level of service. However, I am not the right lawyer for those people.