Why You Should Avoid A DIY Will

Estate Planning Lawyer

It is important for people of various ages and income levels to have a proper will in place. The estate planning document can ensure that your family is taken care of when you are gone and that your final wishes are carried out. You might have considered going the DIY route with your will to save some money. However, this may not be a good idea.

Here are a few reasons why you should avoid a DIY will.

You May Not Know the Estate Planning Laws in Your State

Estate planning laws are quite complex and vary from state to state. The average person without a legal background likely is not aware of these laws. If your will does not abide by your state’s laws, it will not be valid. That’s why it is important to hire an estate planning lawyer who has extensive knowledge of the estate planning laws in your state.

It Could Cost More Money in the Long Run

One of the main reasons people turn to DIY wills is cost savings. Although it is cheaper to go the DIY route initially, you may end up paying more in the long run. For example, if you include the wrong wording, your will may be considered invalid and you will have to start all over. This will cost you more money. It is better to invest in an experienced estate planning lawyer from the get-go.

You Can’t Ask Questions

As mentioned before, wills are complicated legal documents. As such, you likely have several questions. If you go with a DIY will, however, you will not be able to ask your questions. On the other hand, if you work with an experienced lawyer, you can ask all the questions you want. For instance, you may want to find out when you should modify your will or what is all included in an estate plan. The legal professionals at Theus Law Offices are more than happy to answer your questions.

Your Wishes Might Not Be Clear

Even if you think that your wishes are perfectly clear, others may not see it this way. You have to use the proper legal language in your will. Otherwise, your wishes may not get carried out like you intended. An experienced estate planning lawyer does know the correct legal language to use and will make sure that your wishes are clear.

You Can’t Get Advice

If you go the DIY route, you also can’t receive valuable advice about your estate plan. However, if you have a skilled estate planning lawyer look over your estate plan, you can obtain the advice you need. For example, if you might be thinking about appointing your sister as the guardian of your children. However, she works a lot of hours and may not have enough time to devote to your kids. In this situation, your estate planning lawyer may advise you to appoint a different guardian.

Schedule an appointment with an estate planning lawyer today to discuss your will.

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