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- 1. You tried to list all of your assets
- 2. You included things you didn't own
- 3. You failed to name a residual beneficiary
- 4. You failed to include dependents
- 5. You didn't think through alternate scenarios
- 6. You didn't sign your do it yourself Will correctly
- So, should you steer clear of a do it yourself Will?
Every once in a while a news article appears that describes how a person made a mistake when preparing a “do it yourself Will”. The legal profession often latch onto these articles as a warning for anybody thinking of preparing their own do it yourself Will, suggesting that if the person in the article made a mistake, it follows that you should probably seek legal advice.
Clearly people make mistakes. Even lawyers make mistakes when preparing Wills, like this one who had a couple accidentally sign each other’s Wills. However, it would be disingenuous to use this example as a cautionary tale, and suggest that you should avoid using a lawyer because they always get things wrong.
So I have gathered up some recent news articles, and looked at some of our own support questions and listed the six most common mistakes people make when preparing a do it yourself Will.