By Lorie L. Burch, Owner & Founding Attorney of Burch Law
I was recently on a business trip with my good friend and fellow attorney, Jaime Duggan. We were at dinner and wanting to pick out a bottle of wine. We both discovered that our criteria is pretty much the same: we don’t choose the cheapest wine, but the second cheapest so that we don’t look, well, cheap. I typically don’t even look at those mid-range fees and I certainly don’t look at the highest priced ones. What am I? A Rockefeller? And ultimately, I just want a glass or two of wine (red and dry) and I don’t pay a lot of attention to the taste as long as it’s not horrible.
Then a year ago, my family and I were in Hawaii and I decided I was going to “treat” myself and actually ordered one of those mid to higher range bottles. When the wine arrived, I was a bit nervous before I took a sip…and once I did, my worst fears were confirmed…I’ll be dog-gone if that wasn’t one of the best wines I’ve ever tasted in my life. So, darn it, there IS A DIFFERENCE!
Why am I sharing this? Well, I think some people approach the “cost” of a Will, trust, or estate plan the same way. They focus more on the fee and not the value. And while I’m not a professional wine connoisseur, I do know a thing or two about estate planning and probate. And while the cheapest or even the second cheapest might feel good on the pocketbook, do you truly have any idea of the quality of planning you are receiving? The difference with the wine, is you will know when you taste it. When it comes to your Will, trust, or estate plan, we only find out that your plan is horrible when it is too late. So your family and loved ones are stuck with sorting out the mess and, ultimately, paying a heck of a lot more.
Moral of the story: while Burch Law may not be a bargain basement law firm, we focus on the highest value and quality that you and your loved ones deserve.
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