What are the risks of using a DIY legal document?
It is cheap and easy to purchase DIY kits for producing legal documents, but they don’t come without risk.
Whilst it may appear to be quick and simple to fill out a do-it-yourself template for a legal document, can you really be confident that it is valid and will achieve the desired outcome?
Just some of the dangers of using a DIY legal document include:
- Document is invalid.
- Template is outdated.
- Errors mean it results in a different outcome than desired.
- Errors incur a penalty.
- Distress for you and your family if the desired outcome is not achieved.
When it comes to legal documents, just one small mistake or miswording could invalidate or completely change the meaning of the document.
The law is intricate and complex, and precision and accuracy are key. Sometimes, in the simplest of cases, a generic template may suffice, but often a more bespoke approach is required.
Legal documents can have long-lasting effects for you and your family and are not something that we’d advise trying to take shortcuts with.
Saving money on the cost of your legal document could well turn out to be false economy if a mistake then incurs penalties or you are required to start again due to an error.
Advantages of using the services of a specialist solicitor
Having your legal documents created by a specialist solicitor will save you time and stress as well as offering you peace of mind that they are free of errors, valid, and will achieve your desired outcome.
Your solicitor will also be able to offer you bespoke advice and guidance tailored to your individual needs, advising you on additional areas that you may wish to consider.
At Lund Bennett our team of specialist solicitors can create professional legal documents for every aspect of family law, from cohabitation agreements to separation agreements. Give our team a call on 0161 927 3118 to discuss your requirements.