Why a DIY Will is Not a Good Idea

Dec 31, 2012

If you live in Greensboro, North Carolina and have recently started thinking about writing your own last will and testament you have probably come across some online resources that tout the benefits of making your own will. While using a do-it-yourself guide or service can be a good way to make a cost-effective will, there are several issues you need to know about before you choose to embark on the process without the assistance of an attorney.

State minimums do not cover everything.

North Carolina law makes specific requirements for anyone who wants to make a will. All wills have to meet the basic requirements imposed under the law, but that does not mean you can write a will simply by knowing what the law requires. There is a lot that the North Carolina laws do not address that you absolutely must have in your will. A do-it-yourself guide may not cover everything you need to know.

The laws change.

Even the most up-to-date and comprehensive do-it-yourself product will never be completely current with the law. There are always new laws and court cases that you must consider when making a will. The publication process does not allow for any guide to be completely up to date, though an experienced and educated attorney who keeps track of all the changes in law will be able to give you advice based on what the current state of the law is.

Cheryl K. David, Estate Planning Attorney

Cheryl David is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Baltimore School of Law, and the prestigious Trial Lawyer’s College presided over by Gerry Spence. A former Administrative Judge, Cheryl is certified as an Estate Planning Law Specialist by the ABA accredited Estate Law Specialists Board, Inc. She is also a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Medicaid Practice Systems and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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