Jacobs suggests using some time-saving strategies to cut down on legal costs. She suggests reading up on estate planning before scheduling an appointment with a lawyer, so you go into the meeting prepared and can skip much of the introductory conversation on estate law. If the lawyer is charging you by the hour, every minute you save is less money out of your pocket. Jacobs also says that small firms tend to be less expensive than large firms, but she adds that you want to be sure you're visiting a lawyer with expertise in estate planning.
Lastly, Jacobs suggests telling your lawyer in advance that you want to keep costs to a minimum, so they should inform you if anything will cost extra and avoid customizing documents beyond what's necessary.
DIY yourself advocates and estate planning lawyers do agree on one thing: the importance of keeping estate planning documents up-to-date. So whether you use a fill-in-the-blank form or a boutique lawyer, be sure to revisit your documents at least once a year to make any necessary changes.