The drafting half of our law firm knows that drafting dispositive documents that are clear, effective, tax-efficient, and not subject to dispute, is no easy task. Except in the simplest of circumstances, we view pre-printed forms and self-help drafting websites as something to be avoided. They don’t usually bring a smile to our faces.
The probate and trust litigation half of our firm does smile about these forms and websites – they often bring litigation and thus additional work for that part of the firm.
For an example of the pitfalls of self-drafting and the litigation it breeds, read about the Aldrich case here at Rubin on Probate Litigation.
Aldrich v. Basile, --- So.3d --- (Fla. 2014), 2014 WL 1250073