What You Should Know About Do-It-Yourself Wills

© William D. Slicker, 2012 

            The problems with do-it-yourself wills have been with us for a long time. About 30 years ago, Abigail Van Buren, who was then writing the Dear Abby advice column, wrote a column entitled, “Do-It-Yourself Wills Create Pitfalls.” In the article she quoted some examples from attorneys of the problems that were caused to their clients by people trying to write their own wills. She concluded her advice by saying, “In legal matters, hire a lawyer and pay him or her for what he knows.” With the proliferation of online do-it-yourself legal services, the problem has become even more pervasive.

            A common example is contained in the recent case of Basile v. Alderich, 70 So. 3d 682 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011). The case involved a woman who wrote her will on “E-Z Legal Form.” Because of the way the will was written, it caused litigation between the named beneficiary and the decedent’s nieces who were her intestate heirs. Certainly, it was many times more expensive to litigate the poorly written will than it would have been to consult with an attorney and get the will written properly.

            Save your family time and money after you are gone by coming to see William D. Slicker, P.A. to get your will prepared correctly.

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