The human mind is fascinating, especially when it comes to how we read. Often, we do not read the actual words that are written on a page. We read what we think the words should say. We actually do not even need words to be spelled correctly. As long as the first and last letter of each word is correct, it does not matter in what order the middle letters are. We can instinctively understand the words. It is true. For example: You sohlud cehck yuor etaste paln for eorors. Undoubtedly, you read that as “You should check your estate plan for errors.”
Attorneys are not really any different than anyone else. Your estate planning attorney will look over your estate plan again and again looking for even the smallest mistake. But, sometimes, the attorney will read what he or she expects to find and not what is actually written. This is one reason that you need to check your estate plan for mistakes too. Usually, if a small mistake is made in an estate plan, it does not cause any problems. However, some small mistakes can be very costly errors. In Florida a recent case had to go to the Court of Appeals because of a single dropped “e” at the end of a last name.
Review your estate plan. You and your attorney are only human.
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