It is an old cliche but true – one size does not fit all. When you download legal forms for entities such as Legal Zoom or E-Z Legal as was the case with Ann Aldrich in the article below, you have to remember that these are just what they are advertised to be – generic forms. They are not geared to fit your particular situation or need – and – in most circumstances you will have that situtation or need.
Now, I am not saying that these entities do not provide a helpful service. However, unless you understand all the ins and outs of what you are trying to accomplish when using the form, which clearly Ann did not, the nominal price of the form (or even if it is free) may be the least cost effective purchase you ever make.
As we state; Experience is not expensive, it is priceless.
Ann Aldrich used an â€œE-Z Legal Formâ€ when she made out her will in 2004, a decision that proved to be a good choice for two nieces who cited the documentâ€™s lack of a residuary clause. In a decision issued last week, the Florida Supreme Court ruled for the nieces, though they werenâ€™t mentioned in the will. The court said money acquired by Aldrich after the will was made out should be distributed under the laws of intestacy, which govern distribution of property for those who die without a will. The reason: The E-Z form did not have a residuary clause providing for the disposition of property not listed in the document. FlascBlog: The Florida Supreme Court Blog reports on the opinion PDF. Concurring Justice Barbara Pariente saw the ruling as a cautionary tale. â€œWhile I appreciate that there are manyâ€¦