The pros and cons of online wills

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) — The deadline for filing tax returns is next Monday. This may make you think about finances. In this Fact Finders, a couple wants to know; Will an online stand up to the court?

For some, a sudden medical crisis or the birth of a baby may trigger the urgent need to create a will. An online will can be made quickly at home and often costs less than a hundred dollars.

But an experienced attorney will ask you questions to make sure you’re fully covered. And, in Missouri, attorneys almost always use two witnesses and a notary to draft the will. to prove himself. In other words, a will that will pass all the checks to avoid a long legal examination.

Then you may have a special situation. Our viewer mentioned leaving money to several different charities.

“In this case, you definitely need to see a lawyer and you’re…, you’re better served meeting someone in person rather than finding something online. Because it’s going to be very unique for the person who wants to create it. And they may have very specific ideas about how they want their assets divided and distributed, there may be certain requirements they want to put in place,” Catherine Moore of Kirkland, Woods & Martinsen.

In the end, an online will is better than no will. This may work for you if your situation is simple and straightforward.

On the other hand, you may want a lawyer if you own a business, an investment property, or have children or other dependents in your life.

So, for the viewer’s question; will an online stand up in court? It really depends. If you go online, make sure it’s specific to your state.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offered these suggestions on how to find a lawyer:

You can contact a lawyer referral service in your area by contacting your state or local bar.

You may be eligible for free legal services through Legal Aid. Scroll down for a list of offices in each state.

You can ask people you know to suggest lawyers they have worked with in the past.

You can ask a lawyer you know or have worked with if they can refer you to a lawyer who has experience with issues similar to yours.

If you are a service member, you should consult your local JAG Legal Aid Office .

To ask questions

To help determine if the lawyer has a good understanding of your situation and to understand if you can afford a lawyer, you should consider asking these questions:

How does your work involve this area of ​​law and represent people in my situation?

Do you charge an upfront fee?

Will I have to pay even if I lose my case in court?

If I can’t afford to hire you, can you refer me to a consumer law attorney who may not charge an upfront fee?


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