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Do-it-yourself wills are risky

A do-it-yourself will is "doable" but it might not be worth the risk. California residents plan their estates so that their loved ones can receive the benefit of their wealth after they have died. However, mistakes in a will could send an individual's most earnestly laid plans to waste. This article will discuss some of the most common mistakes that happen when it comes to a do-it-yourself will.

Although it seems like a mistake that no one would make, one thing that doing self-willed planners often forget is to name an inappropriate executor. This is an area that we often help our clients with at Pape & Shewan, LLP, by counseling them on the appropriate person to select as their executor. Not only should the executor be a trustworthy individual, but the executor should also be someone who is capable of carrying out the duties of executor ship.

Do-it-yourself will planners might also be tempted to put conditions on the inheritances received by their heirs. Wise estate planning attorneys try to avoid conditions wherever possible because they often lead to issues that need to be settled in court. If a conditions are required, it is best to seek the counsel of an experienced state planning attorney in order to ensure that they are spelled out with exact clarity.

Another common mistake is to forget to complete special legal documentation that designates a guardian and secondary guardian for one's children. Selecting a guardian is one of the most important aspects of creating a will. Nevertheless, omitting this vital aspect of will planning is not uncommon when it comes to the do-it-yourself version of the document.

In order to avoid legal complications later down the road, California residents may want to discuss their plans for their will with an attorney who can help them plan their estates. This will avoid the possibility of making serious errors that could ultimately lead to the nullification of a will.

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