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Unfortunately, many people make the false assumption that writing a will is as simple as listing their assets and determining who they want to leave each item to. However, this is far from the truth, as creating an estate plan is an incredibly complex and arduous process. Failure to execute an estate plan properly can lead to your wishes being deemed invalid. As such, it’s imperative to connect with an experienced Pasco County, FL wills & trusts lawyer. The following blog explores why you should not attempt to write your own will.

Why Is It a Bad Idea to Write Your Own Will?

While you technically can write your own will in Florida, it is not recommended to do so. Unfortunately, with the rise of “do-it-yourself” templates online, many are lulled into a false sense of security that they do not need to work with an attorney.

Many believe working with a lawyer to create an estate plan costs too much money or takes too much time out of their day. However, the money you think you are saving by skipping legal counsel will end up costing your estate later if the will you create is deemed invalid. Additionally, if the will is deemed invalid, your estate will likely have to go through probate, which is a long and overwhelming process for your heirs and beneficiaries to handle.

One of the main concerns with writing your own will is that it will not be valid in your state. In many instances, the requirements for a last will and testament vary by state, meaning you may not use the correct language or have the right number of witnesses. As such, the courts can invalidate your will since it does not adhere to state law.

Finally, if you create your own will, there are chances that you may leave assets out, which can cause issues for your beneficiaries later as there may be confusion surrounding who will receive which items.

How Can a Lawyer Help Me Through These Matters?

As you can see, it’s in your best interest to avoid trying to write a will on your own. Connecting with a lawyer is essential to receive the peace of mind you need for these matters to ensure your loved ones are cared for upon your passing. An attorney can work with you to ensure your wishes are met and your assets are taken into consideration when creating an estate plan.

When you are ready to create a will, the Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna can help. Our firm knows this process can be overwhelming for those unfamiliar with creating estate planning documents, which is why we are proud to guide you through these matters. Connect with us today to get started on securing your future.