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Why you shouldn’t make your own will

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2022 | Estate Planning

When planning out your future and how different life events can affect your family, it’s always best to have a will. This legal document can ensure your family inherits from your estate without any disputes. 

In theory, a will is a simple legal document that itemizes what assets go to whom. However, in practice, this legal document is complicated and one small error could spell disaster for your family and estate. So, before you consider making your will by hand, you may need to consider the following:

Handwritten wills have massive problems

A will is heavily written in legally correct wordage. Every line is precisely how it is to follow the laws. A handwritten will may miss important details that prevent people from disputing a will, making alterations or presenting forgeries. You can easily end up with language that is unclear, misleading or confusing when you try to write your own will.

Pre-made will templates are often incomplete and uncustomizable

While it may be tempting to find a premade will template online on one of the many online services, these documents are often only as good as people are willing to pay. These templates can miss important details that make a will official. Additionally, there may be minor errors that prevent a will from being valid upon court evaluation and they aren’t customizable to your family’s unique situation or your own needs.

Seeking legal help for a will

The best-case scenario for many people is to seek legal help when planning out their estate. There’s often more to a will than asset distribution, which a legal guide may be able to help with.