I want to write my will with my wife and daughter as benefactors. My wife holds Permanent Resident status in the US, and is a citizen of the UK. My 20 month old daughter will likely apply for dual citizenship in the US and UK before she is 18 years old.
If what you want is to distribute your estate when you pass away, you can get by with writing your own will. Citizenship shouldn't be an issue. But if you want to make the task much easier for your wife and daughter, you and your wife should consider having a comprehensive estate plan drawn up. A will alone will allow your estate to be distributed upon your death, but it requires the supervision of the probate court which can add time and expense to the process. Avoiding probate is one of the advantages of a living trust. Also, having a power of attorney and health care directive in place can assure that your wishes will be carried out in the event you are incapacitated. A will can't do that for you.
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I agree with Attorney Smith. You can write your own will. However, you, your spouse and your daughter would all be better served with a comprehensive estate plan which provides for the distribution of your estate uno your death as well as for the management of your estate in the event of incapacity. The cost of an estate plan today is likely a drop in the bucket compared with traditional probate administration.
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I agree with the recommendations above. I would add to not be afraid to ask for quotes from a number of lawyers with estate planning experience. If you do decide to got the DIY route, be very careful about the requirements for forming a valid will, the courts are unforgiving of "minor" mistakes in wills. Good luck.
I agree with the answers above. Having some plan is better than no plan, but a DIY service may end up being more costly and create more headaches if there are mistakes or unintended results that are not discovered until after death. Also, a comprehensive estate plan, if done right, will also address what needs to be done in case of incapacity, which a will does not.
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