Recently, several clients have asked whether they could write their own will. I am sure that many more have thought about this, but haven't asked. I think the better question to ask is: should you write your own will? After all, there are several online services available to help and how complicated can it be, right? Let's discuss some of the things that can go wrong.
Drafting legal documents, including wills, is complicated. All the t's have to be crossed and all the i's must be dotted. Thus, if you are not used to doing this, you might make a technical mistake. The court files are full of cases in which someone didn't get enough witnesses, didn't use the right language, or forgot to notarize something. Many of these wills which have errors are drawn up by non-legal professionals. For example, all that "boilerplate" language you see in your will is there for a reason. Part of a lawyer's job is to try to anticipate and plan for any possible contingencies or complications that may occur regarding your estate plan.
Senior Law Day offers free educational seminars with attorneys and financial planners. This is an opportunity to learn from and meet with experts offering advice on important, and sometimes not-so-easy to discuss elder law topics such as:
Wills vs. trusts
Ways to pay for long-term care
How to put your estate in order
Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Grinton I. Will Public Library, 1500 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10710