A Lexington, Kentucky, based law firm, Hargrove Madden, has been named the recipient of the 2012 American Bar Association eLawyering Award, given annually to recognize innovative delivery of personal legal services. Special attention is given by the ABA to firms that serve both moderate income individuals and the middle class.
Roger Madden, a founding partner who holds an advanced tax degree, added: “Everyone can benefit from a Last Will and Testament, a Living Trust, as well as medical and financial Powers of Attorney. Together, these documents can help families avoid some of the burdens associated with estate administration and the probate process. With the right technology, requisite security and systems in place, an estate plan can be made readily available to anyone who has internet access. We’re pleased that the ABA has endorsed our efforts to bring legal services to a broader audience.”
Although Hargrove Madden is focused on high net worth estate planning in its traditional practice, the firm began its online legal service last year. The challenge was to incorporate the advantages of an online service while maintaining quality.
The cost for online services is about 50 percent less than the traditional office visit approach. You can read more about the Hargrove Madden effort in this article in the Commerce Lexington newspaper: “Lexington-based law firm creates online legal practice, wins ABA’s eLawyering award.”
The Coleman Law Firm also provides a low cost alternative to the traditional office visit. Through our website you can obtain quality estate planning, and other basic, legal documents that are reviewed by a licensed Florida lawyer to ensure completeness and legal sufficiency, at a much lower cost than the traditional office visit.
Here’s how it works:
• Clients log on to the web-based client portal, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Attorney Prepared Documents
• Through a questionnaire designed by lawyers to replicate the information obtained in a face-to-face interview, clients complete a plan based upon the needs identified through their answers.
• Document drafts are then generated through quality assurance checks before being finalized by attorneys licensed in the Florida to ensure compliance with Florida law and appropriateness for the client’s situation as revealed by their answers on the questionnaire.
• Plans are delivered to the client by email or regular mail, along with detailed execution instructions.
Through the website you can obtain individual documents, or you can obtain a full set of documents to constitute a complete basic estate plan. Your estate plan can be a will based plan or a revocable living trust based plan. A will based plan includes the last will and testament, a durable power of attorney, a designation of health care surrogate, with HIPAA Release, and a living will. The revocable living trust based plan includes all of the foregoing along with a revocable living trust.
Through our online My Legal Affairs site, you can also obtain the following services:
1. Legal Advice via Phone Call
2. Legal Advice via Email
3. Legal Document Review
4. Legal Advice via Webcam
If your estate planning needs for wills and trusts do not involve a taxable estate (over $5 million in 2012), or blended families where there are children from multiple marriages, you may find that your estate planning needs can be met through our online service.
If you have a complex set of issues, it may be possible to obtain guidance and direction with a telephone consultation, that can also be arranged through the website. Telephone conferences can be scheduled in fifteen minute intervals.
As Roger Maddon, the driving force behind Hargrove Maddon’s effort that resulted in the ABA award says: “Everyone can benefit from a Last Will and Testament, a Living Trust, as well as medical and financial Powers of Attorney, and a Living Will. Together, these documents can help families avoid some of the burdens associated with estate administration and the probate process. With the right technology, requisite security and systems in place, an estate plan can be made readily available to anyone who has internet access.”
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