The education of clients and potential clients is an essential cornerstone to the practice of preventive law. A valuable tool that can be used in such education is printed material that explains, in approach and language that can be understood easily by laypersons, the how's and why's of the legal system.
The following material by Professor Johnson is an excellent example of the type of material a firm could prepare for distribution to its clients or potential clients. Obviously, this material is presented merely as an example, and each such pamphlet, of course, would have to be tailored to the law of a particular state. In this example, the law of the State of Virginia is used.
J. Rodney Johnson, Why You Need A Will - A Pamphlet That Explains The Need To A Layperson, 5. Preventative L. Rep. 59 (1986)