Perhaps the most important planning a person can ever do is estate planning. The common misconception that estate planning is only for the rich is slowly being eroded away. Even middle-class families are becoming aware of the importance of estate planning, which means estate planning attorneys are seeing a dramatic increase in business.
This increase means attorneys need all the resources they can get their hands on in order to serve their clients to the best of their ability. Luckily, for these attorneys, technology has not left them behind. Something like estate planning software is becoming increasingly popular among the general public and estate planning lawyers. The software is helpful for both clients and attorneys as it streamlines the estate planning process, making it easier and more efficient to navigate. If you’re an estate attorney looking to streamline your law firm’s practice but aren’t sure if estate software is for you, take a look at some of the other benefits that this software can provide for your law firm.
Time-Saving and Efficient
Attorneys are always looking for more time, for everything. They need more time to speak with clients, more time to file paperwork, more time drafting documents, there’s never enough time to get things done. Of course, attorneys would like to spend more time helping their clients, especially with something as sensitive as estate and end-of-life planning.
Using software to help with the nuts and bolts of estate-planning, allows lawyers to spend more time talking with their clients and making them feel comfortable with their decisions. Often this software comes equipped with pre-loaded templates and forms that are written by professionals and kept updated. With these pre-loaded documents, attorneys save an enormous amount of time, while also delivering quality documents in an efficient manner.
Many estate planning programs help lawyers plan for every conceivable need of the client. Lawyers can seamlessly move between legalizing wills, naming power of attorney, and medical proxies, without sifting through stacks of files. Estate planning programs provide the optimal organization because everything is centered in one place. All documents are accessible from a central digitized location and can be accessed at the drop of a hat. Changing and editing documents can be done in a flash. Lawyers have the ability to format documents according to clients’ specific needs without worrying about any technical mishaps.
Peace of Mind for Both Client and Attorney
It goes without saying that estate planning can be an emotionally taxing occasion. Thus using estate planning programs, provides your clients with a simple straightforward way to move through the process. Clients are more receptive to an estate planning process that is caring and understandable. Clients also like a process that makes them feel empowered during a difficult period.
Some software anticipates scenarios for a client’ end-of-life planning including any conflicts that may arise, or issues with revocable trusts. All of this eases the mind of the client, but it also eases the mind of any estate attorney. Using this software will keep estate attorneys prepared, organized, and confident with any and all planning decisions.
Even if you’re a skilled and capable estate attorney, estate planning programs are extremely beneficial to you and your firm. The programs allow lawyers to know they are providing the best service to their clients because they aren’t bogged down with paperwork and details. Instead, estate lawyers are focused on the most important thing to any firm, the clients.