Nowadays, we can do so many things online or through an app. We can order food, connect with old friends, and even draft our own wills. It makes sense to want to take on the estate planning process on your own. In the digital age, it can be hard to drag yourself out of your house to go meet with an attorney. Lots of websites offer fill-in-the-blank templates so you can write your will on your own. Many people think the do-it-yourself approach is cheaper and easier. Is this really the case? Read on to learn more about the will writing process in Michigan and the best way to go about creating your will.
Can I Draft a Will Without the Help of an Attorney?
Technically, the answer is yes. While you can draft your will on your own, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Lots could go wrong.
What Could go Wrong?
A will is an incredibly important legal document. It is used to declare your wishes for the future and allocate your assets to your loved ones. Because a will is such a vital document, there are a few requirements you must meet in order for it to be considered valid under the law. If you do not create and file your will properly, it may not actually hold up legally. This would cause a lot of stress and tension between your loved ones, interrupting their process of mourning. Additionally, a DIY will website may seem cheaper, but this is not necessarily the case. Some people don’t realize that when it comes to estate planning, there are a lot of documents that come into play. You will want to create a will, but you may also want a trust, a power of attorney, a healthcare directive, and any other documents that may be beneficial to your estate. An estate planning attorney can create a comprehensive estate plan for you. But, an estate planning site will likely charge you for each document you create, causing the fees to rack up. Lastly, estate planning can be a stressful and unsettling process. As a result, it is important to have a skilled and empathetic attorney walk you through the process.
If you have any questions about writing your will, or you wish to begin the estate planning process, reach out to our firm today.
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