Do I Need an Attorney to Draft my Will? | Michigan Estate Planning

A will is one of the most important documents you can create. If you are looking to create a will, you may be wondering about your options. Read on to learn more.

Can I draft a will on my own?

Technically, you can draft a will on your own. In fact, there are a number of resources online. But, these options often seem better than they truly are. For example, online resources may seem cheap, but the expenses often accumulate. This is because it takes a number of different documents to create a comprehensive estate plan. Often, these online options charge you a fee for every single document you create, which can add up. Additionally, a will is an important legal document. This means that there are certain requirements that must be met in order for a will to be considered valid. If your will is not created properly, it can be found invalid in a court of law. This can lead to serious legal troubles down the line. To avoid this, it is best to work with an experienced estate planning attorney who can ensure that your will is legally sound.

What makes a will valid in Michigan?

There are many components that make a will valid. A valid will abides by the following guidelines:

  • The testator must either sign the will themselves or another person must sign the testator’s name at their direction and in their presence
  • At least two people must witness the signature and sign their names on the will within 30 days of each other
  • The testator must be at least 18 years old and of “sound mind and memory”
  • At some point during the will’s execution and attestation, the testator must tell each witness that the document is their will

If you are interested in creating a will, it is best to work with an attorney. Reach out to our firm to discuss your options with a skilled and dedicated estate planning attorney. We are here to help you feel safe, secure, and prepared for the future.

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