The new year is here, and it is time to make good on those resolutions you made at the end of last year. Many Americans plan to make a will, but somehow never get around to it.
If you have been meaning to establish a will but keep pushing it off, now is a great time to speak with an attorney about your estate planning needs. Here are three reasons hiring an attorney to draft a will could be beneficial for you.
1. To create a legally binding document
Though you can create a legally binding will without a lawyer, having one review yours could help it hold up in court. Because states have strict probate laws that change often, an attorney’s experience is immeasurable.
2. To protect your best interests
Along with a will, many lawyers recommend other estate planning documents that go into effect in the event that you become incapacitated. This keeps your best interests protected if you cannot make medical or financial decisions on your own.
3. To navigate complex family situations
Not every family dynamic is simple, and some require more in-depth estate planning. People with children from previous marriages or relationships especially benefit from the knowledge of a lawyer to assist them in creating a care plan for all of their minor dependents.
Since every person’s estate planning needs are different, hiring an attorney to assist with creating a will is often a wise move to keep you and your family protected in the event of your death or incapacitation.