• Holly Hurley, Esq.

Consider This Before You Create A Will Online

A last will and testament is the most commonly-thought-of document when it comes to an estate plan. But really, it is only a very small part of an integrated plan that ensures your family stays out of court and out of conflict if and when something happens to you. Creating a will involves much more than just writing out your wishes. Even though there are ads out there that may indicate otherwise, it is not that simple.

The reality is that trying to create an informal "will" could actually create more trouble and make things more complicated for your loved ones down the road. Get professional guidance from an estate planning attorney who will sit down with you and look at what you own, the people you love, and what would happen to you (and them) if and when something happens to you.

Death is unavoidable – and incapacity may happen before that. Facing these matters head-on leads you – and your loved ones – to having the best life possible. Otherwise, it is the people you love who get stuck with everything you were not willing to take care of now.

Unfortunately, if you go it alone, you may miss important facets of what happens in the event of your incapacity or death. For example, you may think that a will is sufficient when what you really need is a probate avoidance trust to keep your family out of court. A five-minute will won’t help you stay out of court.

Or you may think your kids are adequately protected because you have a will, but you may really need a full Kids Protection Plan® and without it, your kids could end up in the care of strangers, even if just temporarily. Before you do anything, get educated and empowered to do what is right.

The right plan for you begins with knowing what you have, and then being clear on what is necessary to keep your family out of court and conflict and keep your assets out of your state’s unclaimed property fund. If you are ready to write your will, seek the professional guidance of an estate planning attorney. The biggest mistake you can make is not facing the reality of death, and the second biggest mistake is facing it alone. If you need help getting started, consult with us, your Personal Family Lawyer®. We will help you through the process so you can make sure your loved ones are protected and your wishes are honored.

This article is a service of Holly B. Hurley, Personal Family Lawyer®. We don’t just draft documents – we ensure you make informed and empowered decisions about life and death, for yourself and the people you love. This is why we offer a Family Wealth Planning Session during which you will get financially organized and make the best choices for the people you love. You can begin by calling our office today to schedule a Family Wealth Planning Session and mention this article to find out how to get this session at no charge.

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