Most people are quite comfortable with do-it-yourself projects. From home improvements to car maintenance, handy people across the country have the skills and drive to take control of their lives. But there are certain things that are best left to the professionals, chief among them being legal services.
It can be tempting to think that writing a Last Will and Testament is a simple enough task to manage on your own and there are a variety of online resources dedicated to helping you do just that. But there are some very good reasons why you should seek out an attorney who is equipped to handle such a complex legal service.
Wills Need to Be Free of Errors
With something as important as a Last Will and Testament, it is crucial that the language and format be as precise and clear as possible. Your passing will be hard enough on your loved ones as it is; you don’t want to add to their grief with a poorly executed will. Common mistakes that most D.I.Y will writers make include: vague wording, failing to keep the will updated, incorrectly amending the document, failing to sign the document, writing the document by hand, trusting ambiguous on-line templates, among others.
One Size Does Not Fit All
Even if you are familiar with the process of probating a will, it’s likely that your knowledge is limited to the particular state in which you live. Each state has its own laws and regulations regarding wills, the probate process, trusts, power of attorney, etc. So unless you are versed in the probate laws of all 50 states, odds are something important will escape your notice. It’s also important to know that online legal services offering “standard” forms can not provide you with the specific details necessary to a will.
“Legal” Websites Will Leave You Hanging
If you look closely at the fine print of most D.I.Y legal websites, you will find a clear disclaimer about who is responsible and liable for any forms or documents obtained. To be clear, you are the one who will be liable. If there are problems with your documents or if they are challenged, that legal site has zero obligation to assist or support you in any way. You, your estate, and your surviving beneficiaries are all on your own.
There is a reason that attorneys are referred to as “counselors at law.” They receive the education and training necessary to navigating the complex world and language of the legal system. A professional and experienced attorney will be able to ensure that your estate and assets are handled appropriately even if unforeseen circumstances should occur. The peace of mind that comes from knowing that your affairs are truly in order and that your family is taken care of trumps the savings you may or may not obtain from writing your will on your own. Contact Lyons | Sullivan today; we are more than happy to assist you in your preparations for your family’s future.