Don’t do that! - Posted by Bill Gatten
Posted by Bill Gatten on October 12, 2002 at 16:55:45:
Why couldn’t you have just entitled your post “Forms Warning” and have said something like: “Be sure to verify the structure and acceptability of any blank from before you use it?”
By including Bill’s name and the bolded word “WARNING,” don’t you honestly think that might carry extremely negative and potentially harmful connotations, possibly costing him sales and reputation? And all for no good reason what so ever…other than for the fact that you didn’t read the book carefully enough to be able to follow the directions in it?
You’re probably a very nice person, but I just don?t think that’s fair or responsible posting on your part. In my courses I also offer blank forms and admonish my readers to check them out and not use them until their structure is verified as acceptable by local records authorities. Many individuals and institutions can do this for you by merely faxing you a copy of the latest form for comparison: local attorneys, escrow companies or title companies, forms companies, etc…
In Bill’s courses, as well as in mine…we are only trying to be of service to the readers by providing what is “probably” acceptable in most cases (to the best of our knowledge). We are not attempting to keep up with every state’s and county’s capricious wills and whims (these $25,000 per year clerks are power-hungry and love to refuse to do something for you?what you couldn?t record today will probably be just fine when that same clerk is busy next week).
If Bill (or I) were to be 100% up to date on every county’s form requirements today; that would not hold true tomorrow (…but I?d bet you that his Colorado forms are right on the money).
I have all of Bill’s courses and forms and find them to be excellent, and to contain as clear and accurate a collection of immediately useable forms as you will EVER find in any broad forms manual.
Please don’t do that! It can hurt.