September 27, 2021
The short answer is YES. You can create a will without an attorney.
There are dozens of templates you can download and use to draw up your estate plan. It’s fast, easy, and convenient.
But the real question isn’t IF you can create your own will. It’s if you SHOULD.
Your will is fundamental to your financial legacy. It’s a legal document that must meet specific qualifications and standards because it’s going to control how your loved ones will receive the wealth and assets you’ve worked so hard to amass.
Any oversight with your will could result in the mishandling of your estate. Your assets could end up in the hands of the wrong people. At the very least, it could cause a legal headache for your family.
If your estate is simple, you might be able to navigate those challenges alone.
But you’ll most likely need an attorney if you…
- Own a family-run business you want to pass to your children.
- Plan to pass your wealth to a step-child or step-children.
- Want to disinherit someone in your existing will.
In other words, you should hire a lawyer if your will is anything more than boilerplate. Otherwise, the risk and consequences of errors become too high.