The Internet has become a place where people can do or buy just about anything and take care of just about any issue. You can buy a car online, and you can also file your will online. But just because you can do these things online does not mean that you should. When it comes to doing things right, saving money by doing it online is not always the answer.
The Internet is filled with good advice on what to do to start your own company, and you will also find it easy to register your sole proprietorship business online, if your local business registration office has online services. But when it comes to forming a business beyond a sole proprietorship, using a do-it-yourself online service is a bad idea.
There are a lot of legal questions you will have when it comes to forming your own business, and the online websites tend to shy away from giving legal advice. When most people realize that legal websites are not going to answer legal questions, they wisely turn to experienced corporate attorneys to get the job done right.
Online legal websites make the process of creating a will out to be easy and quick. If you have absolutely no assets or responsibilities, then creating a will online is very easy. But if you have an estate of any kind that you want taken care of and family members that will need to be cared for, then you need to get your will done by an attorney.
Online websites are difficult to use if you have a family member with special needs that you are responsible for and want to put provisions for that family member in your will. You will also find that leaving some of your money to your favorite charity is a challenge with online wills. The best approach is to invest a few dollars in having a qualified attorney make sure that your final wishes are taken care of properly.
When you tell your friend that you are getting divorced, one of the first pieces of advice you may get would be to just do it online for just the cost of the filing fees. Your friend is only trying to help you save some money, but that is really bad advice. Yes, many states do have places where you can print out divorce papers and file them for a few hundred dollars. But all it takes is one attempt at reading those papers to see why it is important to hire an attorney for your divorce.
A divorce, even a simple one, is a complicated process where you could easily sign away more than you should if you do not understand the paperwork. Instead of leaving your future income and the ownership of your home to fate, you should do the smart thing and hire a lawyer instead.
The Internet offers quick and easy ways to do the things that we are told can take months. But when it comes to do-it-yourself legal processes online, the rule of thumb is that if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Instead of hoping for the best by trying to save money on your next legal process, you should guarantee your results by hiring a qualified attorney.