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On behalf of Richard A. Lewis posted in Estate Planning on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Every person should have a will. You have probably heard that many times before. It does not matter how wealthy you are or if you are single or married. You have the right to determine how your estate should be handled once you are gone. If you do not get a proper will, then you will leave it entirely up to the State of California to make these decisions for you. However, a will is not the type of matter that can be a DIY project. Far from it in fact.

Here are some of the major reasons why you should not even attempt to write your own will. Instead, you should have an experienced attorney who practices estate planning in Californiahandle your individual will on your behalf.

  1. A DIY will with a mistake is not a proper will: What this means is that if your will has just a single error, then it really isn’t a will honoring your last wishes. Simple details like having a will properly signed and notarized or updated can be forgotten if you try to write your own will.
  2. A handwritten DIY may not be recognized: Suppose your write out your will and sign it. This may not be enough because you didn’t have a proper witness. Your will could be found invalid.
  3. A DIY can have incorrect assumptions: You may have certain preconceived notions about what should be in a will that are not legally correct. This could have an impact on how your will is interpreted and even the validity of the will.

Getting a knowledgeable, professional and seasoned estate planning lawyer in California may not be as expensive as you think. The investment could be well worth it in making sure your will is valid and properly executed.

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