A last will and testament is typically seen as a wise first step in any estate planning strategy. The problem is that many people genuinely believe they can draft one themselves — turning to DIY online wills rather than paying an attorney to draft it for them.
While DIY online wills may seem like a quick and easy way to protect your assets and family members, they rarely live up to the hype.
What Is a Will?
A will is one of the most important decisions you will ever make for both you and your loved ones because it gives you the power to spell out your final wishes. By leaving behind a specific list of instructions for your loved ones, you have control over how things play out moving forward rather than leaving key decisions in the hands of judges or state officials. You also reduce stress, heartache, and potential family strife for your loved ones during what is already an emotional time.
You can and should include as many details as possible in your will. This includes:
- How your assets should be distributed
- Who gets what, and how much
- Details for final arrangements
- Who should care for your minor children and pets
- Who is in charge (executor) of making sure all of this happens
What’s the Deal With DIY Online Wills?
More often than not, individuals and families turn to a qualified estate planning attorney to have their wills drafted. This is the wise and more popular choice. That said, the allure of online wills is rather tempting. After all, you can find DIY online templates for many legal documents — not just wills. And at first glance, they can appear quicker, easier, and cheaper to fill out.
The problem is that templates are exactly that — templates. They are designed more for common situations and can’t account for your unique needs. Additionally, if not executed correctly, you could end up with an invalid or contested document that costs you and your heirs significant time, money, and heartache in the long run.
Hiring an attorney to draft these documents ensures they are done correctly, account for everything, and stand the test of time. Christman | Daniell Attorneys, understands how important it is to make the best decisions possible regarding estate planning — for your immediate needs and those in the future. We are here to walk you through that process, whether you only need a will or are ready to assemble a plan that includes a revocable trust, living will, health care directives, powers of attorney, and other documents.
While online versions are tempting, speaking with a qualified estate planning attorney is better before you cost yourself and your family more money and heartache in the long run.
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