In this video attorney Curt Runger answers the question of if you should buy a will from the website LegalZoom. View the video below or see the transcript below to hear not only Curt’s answer, but his guidance on this quicker but wrong process.
Hey my name is Curt Runger and I’m an attorney in Memphis, Tennessee and I assist my clients and preparing for their future and protecting their assets by walking them through the estate planning process and probate process. Today I wanted to talk briefly about
LegalZoom, which is a company that actually prepares and sells online. Last one testaments and other estate planning documents and often hear people say well Should I just get my last will and testament from legals. And the answer to that question is no. You should not just get your last will and testament on LegalZoom but we see it all the time is people say oh you know I don’t want to pay an attorney. You know I’m gonna get. I’m gonna get overcharged by an attorney. There’s no reason to do that when I can just buy a last will and testament off Legal Zoom and let me tell you what’s so incorrect about that. When you’re talking about hiring an attorney to prepare estate planning documents for you. The document PrEP is just one component of the actual process, the more important component of the process is ensuring the lawful execution of these documents so with the last will and testament. We know in Tennessee that the will has to be witnessed by two disinterested people so to people who are not going to inherit under the terms of the will. And it also has to be notarized by a notary public so last time I checked, you can go online and pay 200 bucks to LegalZoom for a last will and testament, you know, will you get a document that meets the criteria of the last one testament Tennessee from legalism Yeah, we’ll LegalZoom ship you. The two disinterested witnesses in the New Republic as part of what do you Order No. So I actually am actually going to get on a soapbox here I’m actually thankful for Legal Zoom because I made a lot of money off of LegalZoom, because what happens inevitably is, people will use Legal Zoom for their last will and testament they’ll think that they have a valid will. And, you know, when I review as well. So we have to either redo another will or actually, you know, worse much much worse situation is a loved one uses Legal Zoom and then they pass away, and the document that they got from LegalZoom, they think is a valid last one testament Well, it wasn’t executed properly so attorneys like myself actually have to file certain things in court to establish that that document truly was the test daters last will and testament so Legal Zoom, you know. Wow, why would you not think that you should buy a will or a power of attorney or anything like that from LegalZoom. I am thankful that LegalZoom exists because it allows me to stay in business and clean up the messes that people who shouldn’t buy from them in the first place and ultimately do the message that they have as a result of it if you have any other questions about the probate process or estate planning process, please give me a call at 901-388-5805. Thank you.
If you have any further questions do not hesitate to call Curt or his team at Douglass & Runger, PLLC at (901) 388-5805 relating to other questions you may have about the will preparation process.