Purchasing airline tickets, ordering Christmas gifts, studying for graduate-school entrance exams — many of life's most tedious tasks can be expedited on the Internet. And now, a new website, http://www.willstotrust.com, launched by La Cañada attorney Robert Smith, coaches users through the estate-planning process, allowing them to bypass their lawyer's office completely.
"The big advantage to the people in the public is the difference in price," Smith said. "If you go to a lawyer, he can charge up to $2,500. My plan for a family is about $1,000. A husband and wife can get a complete plan [on the website] for less than $250."
WillstoTrust starts by walking the user through a brief survey to assess things such as assets and beneficiaries, and to verify that they are a candidate for online estate planning. The survey also helps determine what type of trust would be most suitable.