|Preparing Your Own Legal Documents|
|There are a number of books that instruct
the reader in how to save money by drawing
up their own legal documents, such as wills
and contracts. The more complex your needs
are and the more money might be at stake,
the less inclined you should be to take this
penny-wise approach. Since laws differ greatly
by state and are constantly in flux, you
may be in for a nasty surprise down the road
if you use one of these legal cookbooks.
Of course, lawyers themselves make mistakes. Nonetheless, if a lawyer draws up a document that winds up having a serious flaw in it, you probably stand a much better chance of gaining some restitution by suing the lawyer than if you relied on a book.
That said, for simple transactions, there are a number of "fill in the blank" form legal documents that are perfectly acceptable. These are available at book and stationery stores and through the Internet.
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