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A DIY will may not hold up in probate

It can be tempting to take on some really big projects by oneself rather than turning to professionals to get the job done. Sometimes, that approach is good and can save a person a lot of money. Unfortunately, the DIY craze should not extend to everything. For example, a DIY will may not hold up in a Georgia probate court, which will only end up hurting one’s beneficiaries in the end.

There are various services online that allow people to write their own wills and fill out generic estate planning documents. They are relatively cheap and may grant some protections. The problem with these online forms is that they are generic. They make estate planning seem like a one-size-fits-all thing. It’s not.

Every state has different laws when it comes to taxes, probate and property. A basic form is not likely to cut it. A DIY will may be easily challenged, and the protections one thinks it offers may not stand in court.

Georgia residents who want to make sure their assets and beneficiaries are protected can turn to legal counsel who can help them create wills and other estate planning documents that are strong enough to hold up in probate court, because state laws have been taken into consideration. This is something DIY estate planning products do not do. While it may take longer than clicking a few buttons online to create a will this way, going this route can grant peace of mind knowing it was done right.

Source:, “Do-It-Yourself Wills: Should You Write Your Own Will?“, Julie Garber, Accessed on May 30, 2018


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