I'm tempted to just leave it at that, and claim the award for shortest blog post ever published at one word. No, period. But I suppose that wouldn't be very informative or exciting, so let's explore the rationale behind the answer.
Why Can't You Just Send Me Your Form?
There are many reasons, the first of which is that we don't just have a bank of forms sitting around that we pull up for each new legal situation. Sure, in some cases we may start with a standard document for each situation. If you need a Purchase Agreement, yes I have a standard document I maintain that I have drafted, enhanced and continued to modify over the years, designed to best protect your interest and incorporate new and changing laws and legal standards. But it's not really a "form". It's a document with multiple different provisions designed to apply to different situations. I use some, I delete others. I modify and amend some to custom fit your situation. In the end, it looks very different from what you might call my "form".
We Provide a Service That is Much More Than Just Filling Blanks
When we draft documents for you, we're not just figuring out what information to put in each blank. Sometimes, the blank shouldn't even be there. Sometimes the language surrounding it needs re-written. Sometimes, entirely new language needs to be added in. Whatever attorney you hire to draft a document for you is constantly asking themselves these questions to make sure the document drafted meets your legal needs and best protects your interest.
In each post, I like to add a section of cautionary warnings and things to watch out for. This post is a caution in itself. In addition to not providing forms ourselves, we strongly caution you against finding a form online. If you're looking to just find some legal forms online and try to fill them out yourself, you are walking on dangerous ground. I cannot tell you the number of times someone has called me to fix a situation that has gone bad, only to find out it was due to using a bad form, the wrong form, or a form filled out incorrectly -- and with no legal oversight. Forms also don't evaluate the whole situation. They don't tell you whether you also need other documents or need to take other steps or make other filings.
And most of the time, you are not aware of the problems until it's too late. The Will you drafted from an online form cannot be "fixed" after the person has died. The Purchase Agreement you drafted from an online form can cause significant delays or loss of money at closing if it contains errors or thing you didn't understand. The LLC document that you found online, may have state law specific to other states, or you may find it doesn't contain any of the protections needed to deal with disputes between owners. By the time all owners are fighting and looking to dissolve the company, the language you needed isn't there and it's too late to add it in.
The old adage is very true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Especially when it comes to important legal documents.
Some Things Are Not Meant for DIY
When you're sick, you don't write your own prescription. When your hair needs cut, you probably don't try to do it yourself, unless of course you are the proud owner of one of these
Legal documents are more important than your hair. Making sure your Will is drafted correctly and properly witnessed and notarized is worth doing right. Making sure the Purchase Agreement for the purchase or sale of your home (the largest transaction most people will do in their lifetimes) is worth having done professionally.
How Can We Help?
I usually end most posts by asking how I can help. In this post, that's the entire message. If you need legal documents, I'm happy to meet with you to find out exactly what you need and then draft the documents custom-fit to your situation. You can contact me here