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Old 09-17-2007, 11:11 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by George View Post
So should I do a Living Will as a booklet and put a nice cover on it -- or should I just use letter or legal size paper printed on one side, and also put on a cover, but then fold it???

Hmm--should a person consult a lawyer on a will or living will?? My experience is, that they think they don't get paid enough to waste their time with them, so they add all kinds of conditions to make them complicated and raise the price. Then, years later asking other lawyers the significance of the extra clauses, the interpretation is so ambiguous, that the document seems worthless.
We went to a lawyer to have our wills (living and regular) and related documents drawn up. She told us what she would charge (her firm has a fixed price for this sort of work), what she would do, and when, and everything seemed reasonable to me. To begin with, she spent about an hour asking us what we wanted to do and getting other basic information.

The main reason for doing this was that neither of us is a lawyer, and different states have different rules regarding most of these issues. I suppose you could find the information for your state on the web or in a good library, but I would at least recommend doing that much. There are also books from Nolo Press that should explain the basics; not sure they cover each individual state.

The result is a binder with tabs for the documents, and a pocket for some ancillary information. She included forms to be carried to the hospital in case of serious business there, forms to be left in a prominent place in the house in case of emergency, and others to be sent to close relatives, etc. There was very little gobbledegook and no unusual clauses in any of these documents. Some are really short; others have sections explaining slightly unusual things we asked for.

She understood what was required for Connecticut; I am not sure we would have figured out all of it on our own.

We didn’t pick her out of the Yellow Pages, by the way. We got three recommendations from our accountant (who has worked with me for my design business and for Jack and me for something like 25 years), and we visited two of his suggestions before deciding. A good lawyer is a very good person to know.

As for the format, I’m not sure it matters. Use white paper, as some of the forms may get repeatedly photo-copied. And I would use letter size (not legal); that is what our lawyer did, btw.

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