Do I Need an Attorney to Write My Will in Maryland?

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As you know, creating a comprehensive estate plan is a critical part of ensuring that all of your assets will be passed down to your loved ones as you would have wished. Of course, in today’s day and age, there are hundreds of free will-writing kits both online and otherwise, and they all pretend to make life easier and help you save money. Of course, nobody wants to have to schedule an appointment with an attorney and work out their will, however, the truth is, anyone who knows anything about estate law will tell you that choosing to go it alone is one of the worst decisions anyone can make. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Maryland estate planning attorney to learn more about wills, how we can help you write one, and what it is a bad idea to try and do so alone. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Why do I need an attorney to help me draft my will?

Technically, you can draft your will without the assistance of an attorney, since, as previously mentioned, there are various kits that will help you do so. However, the truth is, there are countless horror stories regarding those who chose to write their wills alone, either with the assistance of a Youtuber, a blogger or otherwise. That being said, unless you have very few assets and very few family members, drafting a will on your own is absolutely not for you. By drafting your will alone, you set yourself up for countless potential legal pitfalls, as even a simple misphrase can drastically alter the outcome of your estate plan. When this happens, the amount of time and money your family will have to spend fixing your will proves to be nothing compared to the fee you’d have to pay an attorney from the very beginning.

What else can I include in my estate plan?

A well-rounded estate plan goes far beyond writing your will, though this is a very important document. To have an estate plan that truly meets you and your family’s needs, you should consider hiring an attorney who can help you establish guardianships, trusts, powers of attorney, and more. Our firm has helped countless individuals attain peace of mind by helping them create comprehensive estate plans for years, and we are ready to do the same for you. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.

Contact our experienced Maryland firm

The attorneys at JD Katz have years of experience compassionately guiding clients in Maryland through the estate planning and administration process. Our firm also has experience with matters of elder law, business law, tax law, and litigation. For a legal team that will put your needs first, contact JD Katz today.