New Jersey estate law can be confusing, making it difficult to know where to begin. As confusing as it is, it is also one of the most important things you will do for yourself and your loved ones. Proper estate planning will give you peace of mind while you are living and ensure your loved…
Using a NJ Wills Attorney vs. Creating Your Own Will
Many people are tempted to use a mail-order pack or an online platform rather than a wills attorney. The common belief is that it will save money or be easier emotionally. However, such DIY documents are notoriously open to being challenged. Wills that are written without an attorney often turn out inadequate when the time comes to dispose of an estate.
Without a valid will, the person’s estate is divided up by arbitrary probate rules. A wills attorney can check that all the necessary clauses and details of a valid will are in the document. Avoid complications for your loved ones, with the help of a wills attorney. Read on to learn more about how a wills attorney can help you.
How a wills attorney can help with drafting a will
By hiring a wills attorney, the client gets the right documents adequately prepared and notarized. An attorney can also have them duly witnessed and signed. A professional wills attorney will also guide the client around common pitfalls in preparing a will. For example, it is common for people to accidentally name a friend or relative as both a beneficiary and executor of a will.
Besides spotting such common errors, a wills attorney can act as executor or even trustee. If the client has trouble finding a suitably neutral party to assist in distributing their estate, an attorney can serve as executor.
Avoid common errors and pitfalls
Preparing one’s own will risks numerous common errors that could result in the disruption of an estate by the rules of probate. This first means a potentially long delay before any inheritance passes to loved ones. Second, it means that exact wishes may not be followed, and the estate may be divided up instead according to rules of precedent beyond the deceased’s control. Hiring a wills attorney also helps keep the will physically secure. The attorney will keep a copy securely on file so that when the time comes, there is no hassle for grieving relatives in locating the will.
When a will has already been prepared, it is worth hiring a wills attorney to check and amend it for any developments since it was written. A person’s estate can change over the years. Perhaps there are new assets to account for, or items in the estate have been sold or given away already. A new child or grandchild on the scene might occasion changes to a person’s inheritance and will.
Even if someone decides to draw up their own will, they are advised to have it signed and stamped by an attorney or notary. A person based in New Jersey may have assets and property out of State or need to leave assets to relatives in other states or countries. In either case, a notary attorney will be needed to check the documents, regardless of who draws them up. For peace of mind, hire a local wills attorney in New Jersey from the outset.
Wills and inheritances are important
Preparing a will is complex and fraught with pitfalls. Hiring a wills attorney can help avoid common mistakes and avoid an estate being distributed by probate instead of according to the will. Engaging an attorney to draw up your will gives peace of mind. It also eases the process for your loved ones in the hopefully far off future.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with us, call our Sea Girt office at (732) 449-0449. Call Anthony J. Cafaro, P.C. today. NOTE: This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.
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