How Much Does “Free” Cost?

Free documentsIf you decided to draft your own will, proceed at your own risk.

When creating any kind of estate planning document is important to consider every possible; the devil is in the details so you need to ensure that every detail is addressed.  Make sure that you consider the likely value of your estate, all of your potential beneficiaries, any special gifts or bequests, the disposal of any remaining assets and the appointment of an executor. If you insist on creating your own documents or use an ‘off the shelf’ or internet service, consider having an estate planning attorney from your state review it, because unless the documents address the laws of your state, the entire will could be invalid; especially if there are too many mistakes.

You want to be sure your will is written correctly because challenges can be expensive and time-consuming.  A will contest will cost you a lot more than the price you saved on you free or discounted document.  It will also cause unwanted pain and stress to your family and friends.

Make sure that your will is properly witnessed and that you’ve named a trusted executor. Be sure to tell him or her that they have been appointed and make sure they are willing to take on the task. This is important because it will be their job to execute the provisions of your will.

Reference: South Coast Register (August 9, 2017) “Dying to Know Day: Wills and won’ts of estate planning.”


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The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has taken our entire country by surprise. We understand how difficult this time is for America’s businesses and families.  However, we believe it is vitally important that we make every effort possible to continue to offer solutions that avoid disrupting our important partnership with you, your family and friends.  As you know, estate planning is not something that should wait for a more convenient time, therefore the opportunity to address your important goals both during and after this crisis should not wait.  To that end, we have added the option of a ‘virtual consultation’ to our office process.  You will now have a choice of either meeting with us in our office or in the comfort of your own home.