Reasons to avoid internet wills

| Dec 5, 2018 | Firm News

With advancements in technology, many processes have become simplified. One reality is that many people have taken to the internet to create their wills. Unfortunately, this does come with drawbacks. 

Writing an estate plan is still one activity you want to handle face-to-face with a legal expert. There are many potential pitfalls that come with writing an online will, and it is best to avoid the risk. 

Changes in the law will happen in the future

You do not want to write a will, put it in a drawer and forget about it. You need to continually update the document throughout your life. You want to update it after significant life events, such as marriage or having a child. Another reason you may need to alter a will is that of changes in the law. Making a will online means you will not receive such advice over time. However, when you go to your attorney to update a will, you can ask as many questions as you like about how the law has changed since the last time. 

You do not get the same legal advice

Creating a will is rarely straightforward. For example, some people may benefit more from a will while others need a trust. It can be tough to decide which one you need online, but you can get valuable advice when meeting with a lawyer face-to-face. You will be on much better footing to create your will with aid. 

Online wills are not state-specific

The problem with many of these websites is they take a one-size-fits-all approach. That approach rarely works when it comes to legal documents. Connecticut has different laws about estate planning compared to other states. With an online will, you have no idea if the contents will even be valid in our state. Going online may save you time and money, but that comes at the expense of a will that may not help your beneficiaries in the way you want.