Originally Posted by KingTiger
My local SOT used Quicken Willmaker to make me a Revocable Living Trust for free. Took about 20 minutes. I've bought 4 suppressors & a SMG thru him. Other dealers in my area will do the same. Competition is a good thing.
I'm not about to say that your Trust is any less legal or worse than one drawn up by an attorney. But considering the penalties that come from an illegal act when NFA weapons are involved, I went with an attorney that specializes in these trusts. If and when mine is ever questioned, I have someone that is licensed on my side of the table and when dealing with other attorneys and a judge, you definitely want that.
The fact that the BATFE has accepted yours in the past means nothing about what they may do in the future. Case in point, I just sold my FA Steyr AUG. I received it with erroneous dimensional data that was caught by the BATFE when I tried to transfer it. It made it through 2 Form 3's and a Form 4 with the incorrect barrel length before the BATFE called me on it. They accepted my explanation and supporting data and approved the transfer, with corrected barrel length, but it just goes to show that there can always be mistakes that are caught at a later date. And if I ever end up in front of a judge, with a BATFE agent and US attorney at the other table, I don't want to bring a canned legal program as my defense.
Again, there is probably a zero chance that a non-attorney produced trust will cause problems. But I have way too much to lose to run the risk over $450. Especially when I am investing $20K+ just to play the field.