With all of the benefits of making a will, why do so many people avoid it? One answer is emotional resistance; most people want to avoid thinking about their deaths. However, it is important to recognize that a will is for the living. A properly drafted will can determine quality of life for those most important to you.
Because a will has such far-reaching consequences, not only do you need one; you need to have it done by a skilled legal professional who will do it well.
Some people with no knowledge of law attempt to write their wills themselves. This is a wasted effort. Vague wording results in confusion, which can lead to disastrous consequences for the heirs – including incendiary family disputes.
Wills drafted by qualified attorneys are written in precise legal language to avoid this kind of chaos.
Many people also have no idea of how complicated and extensive state laws can be, and few have the time, energy, and patience required to fully understand and apply them. A thorough understanding of complex – and ever changing – state laws is essential to avoid unwanted legal consequences of how, and under what circumstances, a will is written.
Using a website to draft your legal documents without the assistance of a qualified lawyer is dangerous. A website is not sensitive to your specific needs and is extremely unlikely to ask the right series of questions needed to prevent the complex legal problems that can arise when dividing an estate. If you have been married twice, for example, or have assets around the world, you need extra assistance from a qualified lawyer who can untangle the confusion.
To further complicate matters, most people who try to draft their own wills are unaware that a will does not cover every asset. Some types of bank accounts are not always covered. Other documents, such as a life insurance
A skilled California estate planning attorney can tell you what needs to be done to make sure that nothing important to you is omitted from your estate plan. He will tell you which documents you need to make sure your intentions are fully honored.