How should you prepare your own will online?
In recent years, online services such as LegalZoom and US Legal Forms have been advertising to consumers the ability to prepare your will online. Reviewing their disclaimers closely, those web providers make clear that they are not providing legal advice, those are only providing legal forms for you to complete by yourself.
While electronic documents control many aspects of our lives today, original wills remain critical legal documents for which there is no substitute. Furthermore, most states (including Kentucky and Indiana) have special laws that allow a will to be self-proving so that witnesses do not have to appear in court which can lead to unnecessary legal expenses for the family members you leave behind.
A proper will signing ceremony is important in ensuring that a person’s last wishes are followed. Simply preparing and downloading a form from the internet does not provide an easy way for the average consumer to finish the proper preparation of a will.
There is no substitute for having a local probate attorney review your will to be sure it meets with all of the local and state requirements so that you do not spend your hard-earned money on a document that never goes into effect. Experienced estate attorneys have the appropriate number of witnesses and a notary on staff which cannot be provided by online services, which are trying to appeal to consumers in at least 50 different states where probate rules can vary from county to county.