Why you should have an attorney draft your will or trust.
Updated: Nov 24, 2020
There are many good reasons why going to an attorney instead of the internet for your estate plan is worth the money. It comes down to two things: 1. Getting it right and 2. Customer Service.
1. Estate planning done right.
Many problems can arise with a poorly drafted estate plan. Mistakes in drafting can render the will ineffective. If your will does not properly devise of all your property, then some of your property will be handled as if there is no will.
Wills must comply with testamentary formalities. A will has to be written, signed, and witnessed. The only exception are holographic wills which can be handwritten, but special rules apply to holographic wills and are different depending on your state. It is not uncommon that a person's will fails because it was not executed correctly. An attorney will make sure that your will is valid when it is signed.
If you want a trust, then you need an attorney. The great things about trusts is that they are customizable for your family. An attorney can makes sure that your trust is drafted the way you want. Additionally, trusts need to be funded properly to work. An attorney can make sure that your property gets transferred into the trust correctly.
Ultimately, a poorly drafted plan will end up costing you more. A good estate plan provides peace of mind and avoid litigation down the road.
2. Customer Service.
Working with an attorney can be just as easy, if not easier than going online to do it yourself.
With the help of an attorney you don’t have to worry about whether you are making the right decisions or googling things to make sure you understand the legal ramifications. All you have to do is explain your worries, concerns, and wishes and provide some information. We draft the documents then we sign and notarize it together.
That’s it. Really is that easy. Plus, you have the benefit of being able to contact an attorney directly if you have any questions. Unlike those online services, there is no time limit to when you can contact us.
If you are considering getting a will or trust, contact us so we can show you what it feels like to be your attorney's top priority!