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A True Story about Hidden Costs of Hiring Robo-Lawyer Instead of a Real Lawyer (LegalZoom, etc.)
The thing about robo-lawyer services (online fill-in-the-forms "legal" help) is that, as this not-poor family discovered when their late Dad had used a robo-lawyer to draft his will. Not only did robo-lawyer service lead this man astray, but the "savings" from using robo-lawyer were more than wiped out just from this one mistake -- and that's not likely to be the only problem with this will.
Bottom line: When you use robo-lawyer, you become the only human paying attention to your legal issues and aware of the issues likely to arise -- but aren't those exactly the things you needed help with in the first place?
When I worked at the Michigan Court of Appeals, the top three most difficult and expensive litigation that I saw -- cases that went up and down through appeals and remands -- were ALL the result of "home brew" estate planning used by people who were trying to save the few hundred or thousands of dollars that would have been appropriate for the estates at issue.
If you, friends or clients mention a desire to use Legalzoom or another self-help service to draft a Will, remind that person of yet another reason to beware.
Another attorney who saw that story comments that: "Legalzoom has been a boon to my estate litigation practice. Their living trusts are total and complete disasters."
Ask yourself -- if you are not capable of doing your own legal work, how are you capable of determining whether robo-lawyer has done it right for you? Or if there's a hidden time bomb in their documents that you won't discover until it explodes.
That's the problem with professional services like lawyering and doctoring -- the typical layperson has no real way to know how to do what's needed, or even to necessarily know what's needed. Which is why you need to go see professionals who are in your community and who can build a relationship with you, because such people are very interested in NOT having their work cause problems for you.
But robo-lawyer doesn't care about you or whether or not you are harmed by what they provide -- indeed, if you read the fine print of their click-through agreement (the one you clicked through without reading) expressly disclaims that they are even practicing law!
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The Rule for Car Buyers
"Believe nothing of what you hear; believe half of what you see" - attributed to Benjamin Franklin (among others)
Watch These Before You Car Shop
The next video "Buying a Used Car" is OK, but should be taken with a huge grain of salt.
The common vehicle history reports are 99% marketing and are meaningless in terms of protecting you -- READ THE FINE PRINT on the common ones and you will see that all it promises to do is list whatever certain repair shops have told them. NOT ALL SHOPS PARTICIPATE OR REPORT TO THESE SERVICES.
The only way to have confidence that you are not buying trouble at a used car dealer's is to take the car to your OWN, TRUSTED mechanic for a thorough inspection and professional test drive by someone who fixes cars all day. (You may still buy trouble, but you are a lot less likely to do so.)
If you can't afford to have this kind of mechanical inspection of your car by a knowledgeable mechanic before you buy, you can't afford to buy a used car, period.
Nice, concise summary of the problems with forced arbitration. Click link above to download the pdf.
Word: Letting Corporations Impose Class Action Bans is Like Letting Bank Robbers Decree "Cops Can Only Chase Getaway Cars On Foot"
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