Do-It-Yourself Will Preparation Is Not Strongly Advised

With all the resources available on the internet, there are not too many documents for which you cannot find a template. A will is one of these. While you may think that all you need to do is fill in the blanks, nothing could be further from the truth. A valid will is an essential legal conveyance of your worldly possessions. Hiring an attorney for legal will preparation is worth your time and money. Here are a few reasons why.

1. Your Attorney Will Ensure Your Will Is Legally Binding

You want to avoid going through the efforts of constructing a will only to have the court declare it invalid. Unfortunately, numerous things could result in this. Some of these include the following:

  • Not having it properly witnessed
  • Not destroying previous copies of your will
  • Not following state-specific provisions
  • Findings of fraud or undue influence

Unfortunately, state provisions governing wills and probate change from time to time, and using an outdated template may not meet your state's current requirements. When you do not properly prepare your will and the court declares your will invalid, this is the same as dying without a will. 

An attorney will ensure your will is legally binding and will hold up if someone challenges it in court. 

2. Your Attorney Will Know How To Navigate Complicated Relationships

Are you a part of a blended family? Did you or your husband bring children from a previous relationship into your marriage? Is there an ex-wife or an ex-husband who may try to claim property? If you answer yes to any of these questions, inheritances can be complicated. 

Your attorney will know how to craft your will to include everyone who needs to be included while excluding everyone who needs to be left out. When you attempt to do this on your own, you may create a challenging situation that will not only hold up the settling of your estate but could cost your heirs considerable amounts of time and money.

3. Your Attorney Will Advise You On Additional Documents You May Need

Several other documents should accompany your will that will help protect you before you pass. Some of these include:

  • A healthcare power of attorney
  • A durable power of attorney
  • Guardianship designations

Your attorney will also explore your other specific needs and recommend steps to protect you and your family before and after your death. This consultation will help protect your interest as well as the interest of your family.

To learn more, contact a law firm in your area — such as the Law Office of Brett Gilman.