I'm a care provider and my employer is looking to make her wil.She's 83 and can not travel to a lawyer.
Estate Planning Attorney
Many Attorneys will travel directly to her to help her with her Will. While the online forms can be legally correct, it is my experience they are not drafted corrected nor signed correctly leading to more problems in the future. My advice would be to find an Attorney who makes home visits.
Elder Law Attorney
I agree with Ms. Gerling. The online forms often create many more problems than they solve. I would suggest finding an attorney on this website or at naela.org that makes housecalls.
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Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Hire an attorney to do this work so that it is done right the first time and her last wishes are honored. Attorneys will often come to her to finalize the paperwork. The costs are relatively nominal considering the benefits obtained. When the will is signed 2 witnesses and a notary have to be present as well.
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Estate Planning Attorney
Online forms are not recommended for wills and trusts since every state has its own rules and regulations for creating a valid will or trust and each testator/settlor's needs are vastly different. Most elder law attorneys are very accustomed to traveling to accommodate their clients' needs. The danger in using an online form is the conflict of clauses that can occur or leaving something off that negates the validity of the will. Additionally, there are execution protocols that MUST be followed or the will is rendered invalid. Usually, by the time an error is noticed it is too late to correct. Hire a local elder law attorney, either through AVVO or the NAELA (National Association of Elder Law Attorneys).
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Contracts / Agreements Lawyer
I agree, many lawyers will travel to hospitals, nursing homes, personal residences, etc., to assist. While form documents may suffice, there are particulars that should be discussed with the client and there can be serious negative ramifications if execution of the documents is faulty.