Creating a homemade Will that later goes to probate may be a big disappointment, according to the Huntsville Item in "A humorous look at the danger of homemade Wills."
A Will is designed to pass on your parting wishes and can be quite simple for an estate planning attorney. However, it may not be so simple for someone planning to take the homemade approach.
Some homemade Wills do not work for very simple reasons of formalities. In most states, executing a Will requires that a specific number of people be present to witness the Will being signed. People who create their own Wills often fail to either have the right number of people present or they do not leave any indication of how a court can contact the witnesses, if necessary.
Other homemade Wills do not work effectively for less technical reasons. Usually, the directions in these Wills are often contradictory, ambiguous or impossible to carry out.
An estate planning attorney can properly guide you through the process of creating your estate plan and avoiding adverse consequences. Hiring a qualified attorney to write your Will can help you ensure that the appropriate legal formalities are followed and that your desires are clear and easily understood. Spending some money now on qualified legal advice will save your family and loved ones from spending more later.
Reference: Huntsville Item (Nov. 27, 2016) "A humorous look at the danger of homemade Wills."