DIY Wills, A Good Idea?
There are some jobs that you do not want to take on yourself. Repairing the gas flow from your oven, for example. You may save a bit of money by not hiring a gas-and-electric specialist. But you could, at best, damage your kitchen appliance. At worst, you could cause a gas leak that releases poisonous carbon monoxide into the air. Even worse, you could blow up your house.
A do it yourself Will actually is that dangerous. It may seem simple to fill out an online questionnaire that will spit out a Will, but that Will may not hold up in court. Your heirs and family could fight over your Will for years, and those legal fees could cost them all more money that your estate is even worth.
Do It Yourself Will Pitfalls
What these do it yourself Will salespeople don’t tell you — one of the many things they don’t tell you — is that a Will must be properly executed. In Ohio, the Testator’s (person creating the Will), signature must be witnessed by two (2) independent witnesses, over the age of eighteen and they must have witnessed the Testator sign the Will. Without this, the Will may be considered improperly executed. A court could declare the entire Will invalid if it is not executed correctly. So if it is not properly executed, your Will may be subject to a great deal of probate. Even if the beneficiaries get along and do not dispute any aspect of the Will, they could face copious amounts of legal debt trying to get this do it yourself Will to be enacted.
Create Your Will Today With An Experienced Cincinnati Estate Planning Attorney
Get peace of mind by working with an Ohio Estate Planning Lawyer located right here in Cincinnati. Skip the DIY Will and contact Donnellon, Donnellon and Miller today to set up an appointment. We’ll make the process easy for you and your family.