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The Advantages of Using a Legal Document Preparer for Your Legal Needs

We get asked all the time how a legal document preparer like Form America LLC differs from a law firm when it comes to legal forms like wills, trusts, and other legal paperwork. This article will provide you with "how and why we do what we do."

In the realm of legal matters, individuals often face the dilemma of whether to hire an attorney, use a legal document preparer, or attempt to handle the complexities themselves. While attorneys play a crucial role in many legal situations, there are instances where utilizing a legal document preparer can be a cost-effective and efficient alternative.

Editorial note : This article is written by Form America. We are not an attorney or law firm, and this article does not contain legal advice. It does contain legal information. If you need further legal advice, consult a licensed attorney. If you need low cost legal forms, the rest of the information in this article is for you.

Form America LLC, a member of the Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers, stands out as a reliable resource, assisting clients in creating their own legal documents nationally such as self-proving wills, advance medical directives, durable power of attorney, and more. In this article, we explore the advantages of opting for a legal document preparer over hiring an attorney or attempting a DIY approach without our help. When you use a competent Legal Document Preparer, you end up with documents that are considered DIY and ultimately you are responsible for the content, but using State certified formatting and form completion assistance from someone trained to help you.

  1. Cost-Effectiveness: One of the primary reasons individuals turn to legal document preparers is the significant cost savings compared to hiring an attorney. Attorneys often charge substantial fees for their services, which can be a financial burden, especially for routine legal documents. Legal document preparers offer a more affordable option without compromising the quality of the documents. In many cases, Legal Document Preparers use the same software as law firms use.

  2. Specialized Knowledge: While attorneys are highly trained professionals, not every legal matter requires their extensive expertise. Legal document preparers, like those at Form America LLC, specialize in preparing specific types of legal documents. Their focused knowledge ensures that the documents are accurate, up-to-date, and compliant with relevant laws, streamlining the process for clients. Many law firms turn to Legal Document Preparers for low cost legal form preparation, and some will even refer clients to a lower cost alternative forms provider if the attorney determines that legal advice is not required or the client cannot afford the higher priced options.

  3. Streamlined Process: Using a legal document preparer can expedite the document preparation process. With a clear understanding of the requirements and procedures, these professionals guide clients through the necessary steps, minimizing delays. This efficiency is particularly beneficial for individuals with straightforward legal needs, such as creating wills or powers of attorney. Generally, by definition, you can do what you need to do without a Legal Document Preparer. You can buy a form from an Office Superstore and fill it out yourself, but then you're literally on your own. The forms the Legal Document Preparer completes, by definition, don't require the services of an attorney. However, a competent Legal Document Preparer will make the process better, faster and cheaper to assist you in completing your DIY forms than if you did it truly without assistance.

  4. Accessibility: Legal document preparers provide accessible services to a wider range of clients. This inclusivity is especially important for those who may not require or afford the services of a full-fledged attorney. Form America LLC, as a member of the Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers, offers a convenient option for individuals seeking assistance with specific legal documents. We focus on underserved communities. We also offer services to those whose language or education might be a barrier to accessing the legal system.

  5. Compliance and Accuracy: Ensuring legal documents comply with the latest regulations is crucial to their validity. Legal document preparers, including Form America LLC, stay informed about the ever-changing legal landscape. This dedication to staying current guarantees that the documents they prepare are accurate, reducing the risk of complications in the future. Form America uses State approved forms, formatting, and current legislative changes across all 50 States when helping you construct your legal documents.

Legal Document Preparers are not attorneys. We're not paralegals. We don't give legal advice, and will steer you to an attorney if you need more than forms completion. However, we can give legal information, focusing on process, how the courts and legal system works, and helping you complete the forms you decide you need to do what you need to do without an attorney. Sometimes all you need is help with the paperwork.

While attorneys play an indispensable role in complex legal matters, the use of legal document preparers is a viable and advantageous option for many individuals. Form America LLC, as a member of the Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers, stands as a reliable resource for those seeking to create self-proving wills, advance medical directives, durable power of attorney, and other legal documents without the need for an attorney. The cost-effectiveness, specialized knowledge, streamlined process, accessibility, and commitment to compliance make legal document preparers a compelling choice for those with straightforward legal needs.

We don't offer "free consultations" because again, we don't advise you on legal strategies. We can't give you a free consultation because we don't consult on anything. We help you make legal documents. Come to us when you've decided you need a will, a durable financial power of an attorney, an advance medical directive, a promissory note, temoorary guardianship paperwork, or even more complex legal drafting like a non-contested divorce, a bankruptcy filing, or other paperwork you want to complete without an attorney. We can help you complete your forms. That's what a legal document preparer does.

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