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How should you make a will?

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2022 | Firm News

When planning an estate, people are frequently under the assumption that wills are easy to make, but this is far from true. These legal documents outline people’s final wishes, including how their estate is distributed and how their funeral is arranged. 

When these documents are riddled with errors, people may never have their final wishes granted exactly how they wanted. With this in mind, you may need to consider how your will is made. 

Making a will by hand is a bad idea

Many people believe that it’s easy to make a will. After all, in their minds, a will is nothing more than a sheet of paper with a few names determining their heirs. 

However, handwritten (or “holographic”) wills are not recognized in every state, including Pennsylvania. Leaving your wishes behind this way is akin to not leaving a will at all. 

Making a will with an online program is another mistake

The other do-it-yourself approach people often take is an online will planning program. However, online templates are often as good as what you pay for them – in other words, many cheap templates are full of grammatical issues and boilerplate forms that don’t actually comply with state laws.

Making a will with legal help is best

When you have experienced legal assistance with your estate plans, you can explore all of the options available to you. You know that your documents will be tailored to your family’s needs. You also know that there won’t be any questions about its validity in the future, which could hold up the distribution of your estate.

To make sure your will is legally valid and inclusive of all your final wishes, you may need to consider reaching out for legal help.