Gary Altman has a bone to pick with Susie Orman, Legal Zoom, and other people/programs pushing “Do-It-Yourself-style legal programs. As a veteran estate planning attorney, Gary knows that attempting to draft one’s own estate planning documents (wills, trusts, power of attorneys, etc.) is a recipe for disaster and can result in paying significantly higher estate taxes.
“There will be many projects this spring where you (or even a not-so-crafty attorney like myself) may be compelled to try and DIY (Do-It-Yourself) – replacing a light fixture, trying a new faux finish painting technique, maybe even putting up a new fence if you’re feeling bold. But there is one project that you should never, ever take on alone and that is drafting your own will or trust…”