Many legal documents are available online or at local office supply stores. People may wonder why they should hire an attorney to draft a document if a form is readily available and initially cheaper than paying a lawyer. Form legal documents are a good starting point, but one must be very careful in choosing to rely on such documents. Each client presents a unique situation with specific facts; however, form legal documents are not so tailored and do not account for differing situations. Many form legal documents do not integrate specific state laws, and do not provide for individual situations that arise in the context of your transaction. Perhaps most importantly, many providers of form documents specifically discount liability for erroneous interpretations of the law and advise consumers to consult with attorneys prior to purchasing such documents. In fact, the Washington State Attorney General has brought legal action against one widely popular legal form document provider based in part on its deceptive marketing and potential Consumer Protection Act violations. In short, you get what you pay for when you buy form documents. The documents may be helpful in the short term, but if something goes wrong down the line you will likely be in a situation of spending more money on an attorney to undo the damage done by using a form document. If you are considering buying a form document, call me to discuss.