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Do You Need a Lawyer to Draft a Will?

Do You Need a Lawyer to Draft a Will?

When you decide it’s time to draft a will, it is natural to wonder whether you need to seek help from a Boca Raton estate planning attorney or whether you can handle the matter yourself. A will might seem like a fairly straightforward document, and you can find will forms on the internet, so many people decide to draft one themselves. Unfortunately, this can cause problems for your family members and might fail to properly achieve your estate planning goals.

Like any other state, Florida law sets out specific requirements for a valid and legally enforceable will. Once you pass away and your will is submitted to probate, it can be declared invalid by the court if it does not meet these requirements and/or if someone successfully challenges the will.

In addition, making all of the decisions for your will can be more complicated than you might think. For example, in some cases, people assume that their oldest adult child is the obvious choice to be their executor. In reality, their oldest child might not have the time or knowledge to take care of all necessary matters, and another person – possibly even outside of the immediate family – might be a better option.

A knowledgeable estate planning attorney can help with:

  • Ensuring your will is executed properly
  • Preserving evidence that you were of sound mind and not being influenced or coerced into signing the will
  • Considering all options for your will, including executors and guardians of your minor children

Learn How a Boca Raton Estate Planning Lawyer Can Help

While it is not required to have an attorney draft your will, there are many benefits to doing so. At Rubino Findley, PLLC, we work closely with clients to meet their estate planning goals. Contact us online or call 561.220.4213 for more information.

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