Business briefs: RE/MAX Partners welcomes new broker associate |

Business briefs: RE/MAX Partners welcomes new broker associate

— Diane Emert has joined RE/MAX Partners as a broker associate. A successful restaurateur, Emert is an owner/operator at the Ore House at Pine Grove. She is now adding real estate to her resume.

“Diane demands excellence in all that she does,’” said managing broker Kim Kreissig. “Diane has proven herself as an professional in our community, and we welcome her dedication to her clientele.”

Local firm offering online tool to create wills

In response to the increasing availability of do-it-yourself online legal forms and the potential problems that may arise when using such forms, the local law firm Klauzer & Tremaine, LLC, is now offering an online tool to help residents create their own wills.

According to a news release from the firm, Rich Tremaine, of Klauzer & Tremaine, collaborated with his firm’s marketing company, Creative Bearings, to create an online will tool on the firm’s website,, through which clients can easily enter basic information and begin creating a will.

Greg Effinger, of Creative Bearings, who was tasked with creating the new tool, described it as “a user-friendly” interface that “gets the basic information in place that the law firm needs.”

Currently, the online service is oriented toward single parents or families with young children, though the firm plans to create additional formats for people in different circumstances.

“These are the types of wills we prepare most frequently, and they’re also the ones who need this service most,” Tremaine said in the news release. “We’re trying to make the process simple and affordable for young parents who are strapped for time and money.

“Typically, the process of client interviews, document drafting, document finalizing and the all-important signing and witnessing takes at least two or three client meetings, with the cost of the final product reflecting that. The internet-based service should allow us to have a finished draft together when the clients walk in the door and … have a final document signed before the clients walk out the door. And clients should see a savings of at least 20 to 25 percent of the standard cost of the same document.”

“We think we’ve created a simple and affordable process,” Effinger added.

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