Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I measure the benefits of using AvidLaw Probate?
- What if I already have HotDocs?
- Can I edit the AvidLaw Probate question screens or document templates?
- What Arizona probate documents does AvidLaw Probate help me draft?
- How often is AvidLaw Probate updated?
- How does AvidLaw Probate track dates and deadlines?
- Can you show me what an AvidLaw Probate session looks like?
- What word processors work with AvidLaw Probate?
- What are the system requirements for AvidLaw Probate?
- How can I start using AvidLaw Probate in my practice?
AvidLaw Probate helps you provide great probate services to your clients in fewer billable hours. By applying those extra hours to other matters, you can earn hundreds, or sometimes thousands more each year, as follows:
- I only do a few probates each year. / I’m new to probate.
If you normally bill at $300 per hour, and only handle one probate each year, charging, say, $2,500 plus costs for the probate, you’ll likely handle the matter in 4 fewer hours with AvidLaw Probate, while still providing the same value to your client. By charging the same fees for the same probate services and applying the 4 extra hours to other matters, you’ll earn $1,080 more each year ($1,200 in additional billables less $120 for one AvidLaw Probate matter license). With 2 probates each year, saving 4 hours on each, you’ll earn $2,160 more each year ($2,400 in additional billables less $240 for two AvidLaw Probate matter licenses). Other benefits you’ll receive include the peace of mind that comes from using tried and proven probate forms with comprehensive checklists and helpful annotations and statutory references.
- I have a volume Arizona probate practice.
If you bill at $300 per hour and have a paralegal who bills at $150 per hour, and handle 6 probates each year. You may gain about .75 attorney hours and 1.5 paralegal hours per matter. By charging the same fees for the same probate services and applying the extra hours to other matters, you’ll earn $2,050 more each year ($2,700 in additional billable time less $650 for one annual AvidLaw Probate license). If you handle 12 probates per year using the same figures, you’ll earn $4,750 more each year ($5,400 in additional billable time less $650 for one annual AvidLaw Probate license). Of course, all the other benefits of AvidLaw Probate still apply.
AvidLaw Probate is distributed with and runs on HotDocs Player, which is compatible with all versions of HotDocs that may be running on the same computer.
We couldn’t maintain the integrity of AvidLaw Probate if we let subscribers tinker with its internal workings. On the other hand, each individual document drafted by AvidLaw Probate can (and sometimes should) be edited after it has been assembled. In addition, we welcome your suggestions for changes to question screens and document provisions. We will either use your suggestions to improve the product for all subscribers or at least explain the rationale behind our current design. AvidLaw Probate has already incorporated hundreds of changes resulting from suggestions from Arizona probate practitioners. The very first matter you handle using AvidLaw Probate takes advantage of all these changes that have come in over the years. And each year, the cumulative effect of suggestions from our subscribers grows even more.
Our experience is that even skeptical practitioners are quickly satisfied not only with the amazing productivity offered by AvidLaw Probate, but also with the high standards of quality and professionalism embedded in the provisions of its forms and the logic that drives them.
AvidLaw Probate is designed to draft all pleadings and related documents normally drafted by counsel for the personal representative in an Arizona informal probate. For a complete list of all documents included with AvidLaw Probate, please click here. AvidLaw Probate forms contain provisions for these documents that apply in many common situations. However, as you should expect, you, the practicing attorney will sometimes need to edit the initial AvidLaw Probate draft before it is appropriate for the unique needs of your client. You remain responsible for the legal documents you draft for your clients using this efficient productivity tool.
Our goal is to continuously improve AvidLaw Probate based on the needs of our subscribers. We hope that as you encounter situations that require custom drafting, you will bring them to our attention so we can continue to improve AvidLaw Probate for you and others.
We normally provide an update about every calendar quarter (every 3 months). Each update comes with a description of new and improved features. Over time, AvidLaw Probate will become even more valuable to your practice through this process of continuous improvement.
One of the first items on the AvidLaw Probate menu is a document called “Dates and Deadlines,” which can be printed or reviewed on the screen. This document outlines significant statutory dates and deadlines based on information entered about the matter. You may want to transfer some deadlines to your firm’s docketing system. Please click here to view the Sample Dates and Deadlines document.
Yes. Watch our Demo to see how AvidLaw Probate works. Or if you want call us at (480) 361-1324 for a free hands-on demo.
AvidLaw Probate works with most versions of Microsoft Word. Supported versions of Microsoft Word include 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2010. AvidLaw Probate does NOT work with Corel WordPerfect or other non-standard word processors.
AvidLaw Probate works on most Windows-based computers. Here are the specifics:
- IBM-compatible PC
- 900 MHz processor (2GHz recommmended)
- 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
- 50 MB hard disk storage
- 1024 x 768 screen resolution with at least 16-bit color
- Microsoft Windows XP (SP1) or higher,Vista, or Windows 7
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later