Law Offices of Frye & Vazquez, P.L.
Call Today. 305-508-5749 | 877-421-5473

Disadvantages of a do-it-yourself will

Some Florida residents might assume that a do-it-yourself will is easier and cheaper than having a lawyer help prepare an estate plan. In fact, there can be a number of disadvantages to a DIY will, and it can be more costly to family members in the long run. Furthermore, a will does not just deal with the disposition of property. It can also appoint a guardian for minor children.

DIY wills tend to be one size fits all, and estate planning rarely is. Estate planning software generally has forms that are usable in all 50 states. State laws can vary a great deal regarding various types of taxes, probate, and what makes a will legal. Even those that have state editions may not be entirely up to date. There can be further complications around such issues as disinheriting someone.

It's important to keep in mind that even books and articles about legal issues carry caveats that they are not legal advice. One reason for this is that they can rarely anticipate all the variations that could change that advice. It is worth keeping in mind that most people hire professionals for other parts of their life from personal grooming to medical care. The law is no different.

One potential advantage of hiring an attorney to assist in making an estate plan is that many people may not know what tools are available to them. For example, a person may not realize that leaving an inheritance for a family member who receives government aid because of a disability could endanger those benefits. An attorney might be able to explain how to set up a special needs trust to care for the person instead.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

What Our Clients Are Saying

  • I have known and worked with Austin Frye and his team since 2008. In that time he has helped serve both my business and personal legal planning needs. From guidance on reviewing and keeping shareholder and state documentation up to date... - Robert
  • It is difficult enough to cope with the emotional challenges of closing a parent's estate, and when you are also faced with the issue of your parents having insufficient documentation, and being remote from your siblings… - Zara L.
  • Austin Frye provided legal services to my father while alive and to his estate after his death; when showing the EP docs his firm prepared to other professionals (lawyers, financial advisors, accountants)… - Mark S
  • I've been a client of Austin Frye's for over 10 years. In that time, he's handled my estate/trust planning and asset protection as well as complicated business deals. - Leslie
  • Mr. Frye recently set up a complicated special needs trust for my son and, as usual, did a great job explaining it and in putting our minds at ease about our son's future well-being. - Dr. Howard
Read More...
  • NYSBA
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar 1950
  • CFP
  • Florida Bar Elder Law Member
  • Academy Of Florida Elder Law Attorneys
  • Florida bar Business law Member
  • NAELA National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
Email Us For a Response

Contact Us For Personal Attention To Your Legal Matter

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Location

Get In Touch With Us
20900 W. Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33180

Toll Free: 877-421-5473
Phone: 305-508-5749
Map & Directions