Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I measure the benefits of using AvidLaw Probate?
- 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?
- 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 handle a few probates each year.
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 services and applying the 4 extra hours to other matters, you additional earnings from just one matter can more than pay for your AvidLaw Probate annual subscription. Then, as you handle additional matters each year, you will again save about 4 hours per matter. As you devote the additional saved time to other matters, your earnings continue to improve. 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 you handle 10 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, your additional billings will be significantly higher than the cost of your AvidLaw Probate annual subscription. And, of course, all the other benefits of AvidLaw Probate still apply.
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 constantly update AvidLaw Probate. As soon as we become aware of a need or opportunity to improve any form (often directly from a user like you), we quickly assess the situation and make any needed or helpful change. In most cases, most users simply benefit from changes after they have been implemented. In a few cases, we may alert you to specific changes and the reasons they were made. Over time, AvidLaw Probate gets even more valuable to your practice through this process of continuous improvement.
Yes. Please call us at (480) 361-1324 to schedule a Zoom meeting in which we will walk you through a sample session.
AvidLaw Probate works with most currently used versions of Microsoft Word. AvidLaw Probate does NOT work with Corel WordPerfect or other non-standard word processors.
AvidLaw Probate works via the Cloud. If you have an Internet connection, you should be able to use AvidLaw Probate.