Do I Need An Attorney?
While it is not required that you use an attorney to draft your will, it is highly recommended, especially for more complicated estates or when there are minor children or family members with disabilities involved. When choosing an attorney, you should select one who is experienced in the areas of estate planning, estate taxes, trusts, probate and administration. Bring all the documentation you assembled to the attorney and expect to answer questions as to what you really want to happen to your assets when you die or become incapacitated.
A will and the other estate planning tools discussed in this guide can help provide you with peace of mind that your affairs will be handled in accordance with your wishes, and not the wishes of third parties or a judge whom you may have never met.
These instruments are relatively inexpensive if they are professionally drafted and they are absolutely priceless if needed. Proper estate planning can help you and your family avoid long, drawn-out legal battles over your estate and ensure the implementation of your personal wishes concerning a variety of factors, from your health care, to selection of guardians for minor children, even to caring for children with special needs.
Having these documents for use is vital should you no longer be able to “speak” to your own needs or wishes and are otherwise forced to rely on others who may or may not have your best interests in mind. With the complexity of today’s legal environment governing these matters advance planning is now more important than ever and are best handled by experienced attorneys.