The Scoop on DIY Wills

One of the hardest times to put your pen to paper is when you are trying to write your will.  It is one of the most important financial planning documents, and yet an alarming percentage of the population still does not have one.  It is difficult to acknowledge mortality and it can be stressful to spend money on estate planning.  “I’ll do it later” has been the most popular attitudes about wills for centuries.  Now, however, there is a new attitude forming: “I’ll do it myself.”  Recently, there has been a crop of do-it-yourself software and books encouraging consumers to set up their wills by themselves.  These fill in the blank sort of documents seem fail proof at first, but they breed mistakes due to the fact that they cannot lend themselves to changing based on the family’s needs.  One size does not fit all when it comes to determining your estate. By choosing to work with an estate lawyer, you can ensure that your money won’t be wasted on cleaning up all the mistakes in your DIY will in probate court.

Considering trying to draw up your will without an estate planning attorney is akin to yanking out a sore tooth by yourself to save money on a dentist appointment.  It may save you money in the short term, but if something goes wrong you’ll have to spend even more money at the dentist to get it corrected.  So many things can go wrong when it comes to drawing up a will.  An estate planning lawyer knows all of the formalities involved in signing and witnessing a valid will.  They will ask the tough questions and make sure not to cut the important corners.

If you are considering a DIY will, or if you have any questions about the process, please contact us and arrange a free consultation with Massachusetts Estate Planning Attorney Adam Tobin.

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