The following posting is borrowed from the May 2011 issue of Vegas PBS Source Magazine:
“It can seem daunting when beginning the process of making out a last will & testament, revocable trust, and powers of attorney. As one starts down this important, yet often intimidating course, increasingly people are wondering if they can do it themselves or should they use an attorney. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should use an attorney:
1. Experience. An attorney experienced in estate planning can tell you what to expect in terms of timelines, costs, taxes, and family issues that could arise.
2. Objectivity. On your own, it can be almost impossible to remain objective since estate planning decisions are so fraught with emotion.
3. Special skill. Estate planning specialists are specially trained in what they do. They understand important legal nuances and are able to bring together complex federal and state laws to make your plan work.
4. Protection. Doing it yourself, often leads to the payment of higher taxes, expensive probate proceedings, litigation and fighting between heirs, and increased opportunities for creditors attack. Don’t be “penny wise and pound foolish.”
5. Peace of mind. Knowing your financial affairs will be handled correctly leads to a profound sense of “inner peace.”