Risks of On-Line Documents
So what can go wrong with on-line estate planning documents?
A couple of things come to mind based on the reviews that I’ve done:
Inappropriate provisions: It’s not uncommon for on-line documents to include provisions that are inconsistent. Or vague. Any estate plan should only include language that is easily understood on a first-reading. If you have to study language to try to decipher its meaning, it may well lead to disputes among your heirs.
Illegal Signing: Different states have different ways that estate planning documents are to be signed. Do you need to have a Will notarized? Are two witnesses required or just one? Can a Will be valid without any witnesses?
Unfortunately, if the will is not signed, witnessed, and/or notarized in the specific correct manner, it may end up being disregarded upon your death.
Fortunately, with a Will or a Trust prepared by an attorney licensed in Idaho, these risks can be eliminated.
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