A decision by a woman in Australia to use a do-it-yourself Will could end up costing her estate a lot of money, according to News.com.au in "Unholy row as court decides on religious woman's Will."
Sandra Marie Hatton wanted to give most of her assets to charities that carry on religious work.
Hatton did not seek the services of an estate planning attorney to help draft her Will, but used a do-it-yourself Will form. Hatton filled the form out and then proceeded to make additional handwritten changes to it, as she changed her mind about which charities to benefit.
The Will itself has been accepted into probate as valid. The court now also has to decide which of the handwritten changes to accept as valid.
The charities who could benefit from the decisions are all eager to stake their claim and lawyers will have to be hired by Hatton's estate to help in the case.
Do-it-yourself Wills, whether purchased in a kit or online, may offer people a way to save some money now, but usually wind up costing their estates much more money down the road.
Reference: News.com.au (Oct. 15, 2017) "Unholy row as court decides on religious woman's will."