The following article published by the Federal Trade Commission says that generally an attorney is required to be used for the preparation of your living trust. Fortunately because California is consumer friendly, an attorney DOES NOT have to be used to prepare Living Trusts in California. California legitimized the legal document preparation profession over 0 years ago with SB1418. A legal document assistant must be bonded and registered with the county clerk to prepare legal documents for the consumer. However consumers still need to make sure they are informed and with all the excellent resources and information on the internet, it is easy to be informed.
“You’ve worked hard for your money, and made every attempt to be a conscientious saver. So it’s only natural that you want some control over what happens to your assets in the event of your death. At the very least, you probably want to minimize or avoid potential hassles and headaches for your loved ones.Estate planning deals with what happens to your assets after you die. Even if you are a person of modest means, you have an estate — and several strategies to choose from to make sure that your assets are distributed as you wish and in a timely way. The right strategies depend on your individual circumstances. That is, what is best for your neighbor might not make the most sense for you.
Misinformation and misunderstanding about estate taxes and the length or complexity of probate provide the perfect cover for scam artists who have created an industry out of older people’s fears that their estates could be eaten up by costs or that the distribution of their assets could be delayed for years. Some unscrupulous businesses are advertising seminars on living trusts or sending postcards inviting consumers to call for in-home appointments to learn whether a living trust is right for them. In these cases, it’s not uncommon for the salesperson to exaggerate the benefits or the appropriateness of the living trust and claim — falsely — that locally-licensed lawyers will prepare the documents” Follow this link to finish reading Living Trust Offers: How to Make Sure They’re Trust-worthy, published by the Federal Trade Commission. http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro08.shtm