Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning products are not new and there are many options in the market to quickly, easily, and cheaply get your estate plan together. It can be tempting to find the cheapest source out there and just get it done, but beware that many of these programs will give you nothing more than a false sense of security and leave your family dealing with the mess. As with estate planning attorneys, all DIY estate planning software is not created equal. As Probate attorneys, we can attest to the enormous number of DIY plans that go awry and leave family in worse shape than no plan at all.
That said, the attorneys at Jenkins & Jenkins, Estate Planning Attorneys do believe there is a place for DIY estate planning for those with simple needs or wishes. That’s why we’ve partnered with Estate Lock to make sure there is a product out there that will actually work for families when the time comes, while staying reasonably priced to keep estate planning accessible for all.
Estate Lock is the exclusive DIY based software that we recommend if you prefer to go this route to get a plan in place. We are the attorneys behind the software program and educational components, and we have an exclusive supportive relationship to help assist Estate Lock clients. That support can range from deed services to transfer property into your trust, to a limited scope relationship to review your plan, all the way up to a full attorney-client relationship with review, edits, and completion of your plan with our law firm.
Estate Lock is unique as it was built by practicing estate planning attorneys, has ongoing educational support from practicing estate planning attorneys, and has the ability to convert your DIY plan to an attorney assisted plan with a named estate planning law firm (us!). While many other DIY products out there were “built by attorneys”, you’ll never know the names of those attorneys or whether or not they actually know the field of estate planning well. With Estate Lock, if you get lost along the way or need more than software can provide, you’ll have the direct support from a premier Estate Planning Law firm with a great reputation, Jenkins & Jenkins, Estate Planning Attorneys.