Tips on Wills-Why using generic forms is not a good idea
Often elderly people think that they will be saving money by not having an attorney prepare their Will. This lack of counsel can lead to unintended results and cost the heirs or devisees substantial expense and time delays
Why I should I see an attorney and not go on a website or try to fill out a form or do it myself?The laws on what constitutes a valid Will are specific to each jurisdiction and are not the same around the country. Each state also changes its laws from time to time and the changes can have a substantial effect upon the determination of the heirs and persons who have rights to bring matters to the Probate Court and the timing of same. Every family and individual's story is different and so are the goals the Testator has for handling his or her assets post death. When you do it yourself you can easily misunderstand legal terminology and be unaware of the laws involved. The result is making your Will invalid or susceptible to l the laws of intestacy in your jurisdiction or litigation as to the Will's interpretation.
I already have a Trust so I don't even need a Will, right?Not every asset may have gone into the trust and you may not have listed beneficiaries on contractual assets where beneficiaries can be designated. No one is perfect. Also, there may be causes of action which need a Personal Representative's appointment .