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The Internet vs. The Professional

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The Internet vs. The Professional
Posted on: May 1st, 2013
By: Hallie Zobel, Esq.

I spent three years full time at Cumberland School of Law earning my Juris Doctorate. I graduated, passed the rigorous three-day Florida Bar exam, and have spent a total of twenty-five years practicing law. How is it that with such a wealth of legal knowledge and such a focused history of continuing education, an electronic document or advice forum can replace me? Welcome to the age of the Internet.

The Internet has unfortunately encouraged the rise of amateurism in all professional fields. You may have a recurring migraine and instead of consulting the expert neurologist, you simply type WebMD into Google and self-diagnose.

My staff and I come across this Internet vs. Professional mentality daily. Yes, it is easy to sit in the comfort of your own home and access hundreds of pages of answers. Yes, they are generally free. Yes, these answers are offered in a lighting fast .03 seconds (props to you, Google).

While any professional cannot offer you thousands of words per second, guarantee free advice, or travel to your desired location, attorneys can offer you credible information. We are professionals. You cannot get our valuable one-to-one personal advice on the Internet.

Our Client Assistant, Michelle Haves, recently read the book, “The Path To Happiness and Wealth” by Steve Rhode. She came across an excerpt that perfectly summarizes my point.

“People shoot themselves in the foot all the time because they are always looking for the cheapest advice or service and then they are disappointed when it turns out to be less than they expected. You simply can’t be surprised by that. When you are looking for advice and guidance, don’t shop by price alone, that’s just foolish. Good people who don’t charge a fair rate for their services have issues. They don’t value their time and if their time and advice is not valuable to them, why would it be valuable to you?”

When it comes to you and your family, do not put your future at risk by relying on internet amateurs for legal advice on complex issues. We draft estate planning documents and no two estate plans are exactly the same. If I had a dollar for every time I heard, “I just need a simple Will,” I would be rich and famous. All legal documents are not created equal and we do so much more than give you a form. Come see myself or my partner, Merrell Bailey. We have years of experience in estate planning, probate administration, trust administration, guardianship, and litigation. Of course, you will have to pay for our services, but it is money well spent.

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