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Do I Really Need an Attorney to Draft My Will?

A will is an important document. It is necessary when it comes to planning ahead and making sure your wishes are carried out in the future. Many people wonder if they can simply draft a will by themselves. There are a lot of online templates that will allow you to write a will without the help of an attorney. This may seem like a good option, after all, who doesn’t love a good DIY? But it may not be your best bet. Read on to learn more about the process of writing a will and why you may want to reach out to a skilled estate attorney for help.

Why Do People Write Their Own Wills?

Some people believe that using an online do-it-yourself template to write their will can save them some money.

Potential Problems

While you may save some money and a trip to your lawyer’s office, you are potentially putting your assets and future plans at great risk. While you may think you are saving on legal fees by drafting your own will, you may end up paying even more. When it comes to estate planning, there are many more documents involved than just a will. A DIY website will likely charge you a fee for each document you create, whereas an attorney can make a comprehensive estate plan for you, including a will, a trust, a power of attorney, a healthcare directive, and any other documents that may be beneficial to your estate. Additionally, a will is a legal document, and it must be properly executed in order to be considered valid. It is easy to make a mistake when taking on the process without legal help, which may make your will invalid. This will cause great stress, tension, and even litigation in the future. Lastly, thinking about the future can be a frightening and confusing process. That is why it is important to retain a skilled attorney to walk you through it, provide reassurance, and answer any questions you might have.

While you may be tempted to draft a will on your own, this can cause more harm than good in the long run. If you have any questions about estate planning, or you are ready to create a will, reach out to a knowledgeable estate planning attorney.

Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Firm

Juan C. Velasco, Esq. is a trusted attorney who concentrates on bankruptcy, family law, real estate, and estate matters who has been serving the New Jersey area for over 20 years. That is why we are confident we have what it takes to provide you with the effective legal counsel you need. If you need experienced legal counsel, please contact Velasco Law Office and we will be happy to assist you.