It is tempting to think that attorneys who tell you not to use online legal document providers for your estate planning needs are telling you that out of bias. It is true that estate planning attorneys are in direct competition with these much cheaper services. However, you should listen to what impartial observers have to say.
Consumer Reports looked at three of the most popular online legal document providers. Wills, and other documents, were produced and the sites were presented to law professors for review. The results were found to be severely lacking. What the sites came up with was often wrong and harmful to the consumer. That is what estate planning attorneys have been saying all along. These sites should not be used.
Do not leave your estate plan up to series of standard questions asked by a computer program so that it can spit out a flawed document. Hire a professional estate planning attorney and make sure that you get the actual estate plan that you need. One that works.