Why can’t I just use a form from the internet or do-it-yourself software?

A will, trust, or estate plan that will ultimately accomplish your goal is more complex than filling in the blanks on a form. There are abundant opportunities to make your own will—often referred to as a DIY or Do-It-Yourself will. Making a will, trust, or estate plan without the advice of an attorney is a very risky route to take. A DIY can give you a false sense of security that you have taken care of what happens to your family and loved ones when you die. In reality, your DIY will could be invalid in whole or part, if state legal requirements are not met. Even the process of signing your will has to be completed in a specific manner, with "qualified" witnesses. If you give inaccurate or incomplete answers to questions, or do not fully understand the legal meaning of terms — like beneficiary, executor, residual beneficiary, and alternate beneficiary , your will or estate plan may not actually accomplish what you think it does.

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