Creating a will is an extremely important part of the estate planning process in Jefferson County, Wheat Ridge, and Arvada. Much like everything else in this world, technology has advanced to the point where you are able to create your will online. But, is this a good idea? Let’s take a look at some of the dangers of using an online platform to draft your last will and testament.
Issues with Electronic Wills in Jefferson County
- Leaves the door open for contesting the will: When you are creating a will online, there are fewer professionals involved. For some, this is why they choose that method. However, estate planning experts, like those from the Pearman Law Firm, can sit down and make sure each decision is truly what the person wants. No one else needs to be involved. With an online will, a family member could be manipulated or swayed by other’s opinions to change things in their favor. Without having the backing of an attorney, a loved one could be wary of the online will and contest it in court.
- Lost in cyberspace: While technology is a great thing, it also has its bugs. What happens if the electronic will is lost or deleted with no record of its existence? The estate would go into intestacy – meaning your wishes would not be heard and others would be deciding how your estate is handled. Now, I know that paper wills can also get lost, but with an attorney to help prepare your will and estate planning documents, you will have added advice and protections to make sure your will is available when needed.
- Tricky situations: When your family dynamics are tricky (i.e. non traditional marriage, blended family, etc.), you want to make sure that everything you put in your will is secure. An estate planning attorney can review your unique situation and evaluate things to make sure no issues arise later down the line. This is not something that an online form can assess.