Aretha Franklin passed away last year from pancreatic cancer. Today, three handwritten wills were discovered in her Michigan home. Under South Carolina law, Aretha Franklin’s handwritten wills would likely not be valid since they were not signed with two witnesses. However, a personal property distribution in this format likely would be held valid.Read More
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A will came across my desk to review after someone passed away. It was a fill-in-the-blank will printed off the internet. Better than nothing? Maybe. Did it distribute assets to the family members this person wanted? No. Did it avoid the need for additional court involvement (and costs)? No.
Filling in the blanks seems easy enough, but if you aren't familiar with drafting wills, it is extremely easy to miss something or not include something that is necessary. If you didn't spend years reading and translating Latin in law school, you might not know the significance of seemingly extraneous terms.
You can pay to do it right or your family can pay to have it fixed later. Paying to deal with mistakes after death is generally much more time consuming, difficult and costs more than if it were done correctly to begin with.
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If you want a quick answer to a simple health question, you might search online. But, if you want customized care, tailored to your exact health situation and patient history, you'll go see a doctor. And if your head hurts, you won't make an appointment with the podiatrist.
The same applies to Estate Planning, and the consequences of poor planning can have a lasting detrimental effect on your loved ones after your passing.
If you want a customized plan made specifically for you, your financial situation, your family, marital status, health wishes, and anything else that is important to you, you'll need an attorney who focuses on comprehensive estate planning. Online forms and fill in the blanks are not a substitute for competent legal advice.
A website can generate a will; an attorney can give you advice; but the right attorney will be able to provide tailored advice and the right legal documents to ensure your wishes are carried out after your passing.