Posted by Darryl Aarbo — filed in Wills and Estates Law
Part 1 of a 6 Part Series
In this age of do it yourself, YouTube and Wikipedia people increasingly want to do their own legal work, but should they? I get asked all the time is it “legal” to do it myself. The answer is probably yes because most things do not specifically require a lawyer. Having said that, as the old saying goes, in this world, you get what you pay for.
Things are not getting any simpler in life. Things are getting more complicated. At least the law is getting more complicated. The government passes more and more legislation regulating conduct and the Income Tax Act gets more complicated every year.
Use the car as an analogy. Once upon a time it was pretty straight forward to fix something on a car, but now do you really want to spend $50,000 on something only to find out you fried some system by trying to fix it yourself? Do you really want to work and save your whole life and then draft you own will only to leave your family with problems because you thought you would save a few bucks and draft your own will?
The five things you technically can do without a lawyer but should never do without a lawyer:
I would suggest that most people will not require a specialist to do any of the above. In other words, you will not have to hire a big firm lawyer who only does one of the above areas of the law. Most people can use a general practitioner and all general practitioners are under an ethical obligation to advise if something is out of their depth. For example, I am not going to do the wills of a billionaire family with its own foundation or a start-up company that is a subsidiary of an international oil company. Some people will require specialist for the above but most people can use a lawyer with a general practice, saving them money and, more importantly, devoting more attention to their needs that a specialist may be prepare to commit.
By Darryl Aarbo of Courtney Aarbo Fuldauer LLP
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