Is An Estate Attorney Necessary?
Most people should hire an estate planning lawyer when planning their estates. In some instances, people have such straightforward situations that they could probably handle creating a will themselves, but even then, having an attorney involved can help give peace of mind that everything has been done correctly.
Keep in mind that laws vary from state to state about what can and can’t be in a will, trust, or power of attorney documents. Who can and can’t be a witness to a will, trust, or medical or financial power of attorney There are specifics about what formalities must be observed when signing a will, trust, or medical or financial power of attorney. That’s a lot for the average person to keep track of.
Bottom line: it’s easy to make errors when planning your estate. One wrong word or one missed signature can change the intent or invalidate a will. Working with an estate planning attorney can help you avoid these costly errors and make sure your assets are distributed as you intended.