In this age of “DIY—Do It Yourself” and the plethora of information available on the internet, or for that matter in the aisle at your local office supply store, it is tempting to use these resources to draft a “simple will” for yourself, rather than go to an attorney.  However, as a recent Florida case demonstrates, there is no such thing as a “simple will”, and unfortunately, you sometimes get what you pay for.

A Florida woman used an “E-Z Legal Form” to draft her own will.  She unknowingly did not include a critical provision, and her estate, after lengthy and expensive litigation, did not go to her intended beneficiary.

“DIY” Wills can fail for other reasons, too.  A property drafted Will must not only include the testator’s wishes as to how property should be distributed at death, but must be executed in a manner that complies with state law.  If the formalities are not followed, the testator’s wishes may not be followed either.  The importance of reviewing such critical decisions with an experienced professional cannot be understated.

In order to assure that the disposition of your assets is done according to your wishes, consult with an experienced probate attorney.   Any of our knowledgeable attorneys would be happy to assist in this regard.

The complete case can be found at the following link:

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/e-z_legal_form_proved_to_be_complicated_in_litigation_over_wills_missing_re/?utm_source=maestro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_email

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