Making a DIY will can seem like a good idea. After all, everyone knows they need some type of will or estate plan so that they can determine who inherits and what happens after your death. The reality, however, is that DIY wills are not always made properly, are not always the best approach to estate planning, and are not always enforceable. If you make mistakes and your will is not considered valid, this can have serious consequences for you and your family.
If you don’t want to find out what happens when a DIY will is not enforced, you should get the right legal help in making a legally valid will that will stand up in Vermont probate court. Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC is here to help. Our Burlington, VT estate planning lawyers offer help in making a will, but we also do so much more. We can assist you in determining what estate planning tools are right for you and we will help you to protect your legacy. Give us a call today to learn more.
What if a DIY Will Is Not Enforced?
If a DIY will is not enforced, the instructions that you left in your will won’t be followed. You won’t have the chance to determine what should happen after your death. Instead, Vermont intestacy laws will dictate who inherits all of the assets that you worked during your lifetime to acquire. These laws aim to ensure that your close relatives inherit, with money going to spouses and children first. However, intestacy laws may not necessarily end up with the division of your assets that you would have chosen.
If your DIY will is not enforced, the process of probating your estate can also become much more complicated and much more expensive. Family members could end up fighting over assets, including family heirlooms which many see as more valuable than money. The value of the estate could be significantly reduced as a legal battle rages on, and your surviving family members could experience a breakdown of their relationships as a result of the fighting that happens due to disagreements over your estate.
How Can You Protect Your Legacy?
You do not want to end up with the value of your estate being lost to fees and costs in probate disputes. You also don’t want to be responsible for causing stress and jeopardizing relationships in your family. Of course, you also want to ensure that you are the one who gets to decide how your assets are distributed. If you did not care about what happened to your property after death, you would not have made a DIY will in the first place. It is unfortunate that the things you tried to do in your will won’t be accomplished, just because of problems with the creation of the will.
In order to make sure this does not happen to you, you should not try to create a will on your own without the proper legal help. Too often, the mistakes and the problems that can arise in these situations are not discovered until after a death, when it is too late for a new and legally valid will to be made. You need to make sure that you do not find yourself in a situation where your effort to make a will was unsuccessful, so you should get the proper legal help that you need to avoid this.
An experienced Burlington wills and trusts lawyer can assist you in protecting your legacy by creating a will that should stand up in court and that should be probated. We can also help you to identify other components of a comprehensive estate plan that you should have to protect your legacy and to protect your loved ones after you are gone.
Contact a Burlington Wills and Estates Lawyer Today for Help
You don’t want family fighting and costly litigation to be your legacy, and you also don’t want to just end up with Vermont intestacy laws determining what happens to your money and property. You need to make a legally valid will and/or a comprehensive estate plan and you should not count on a DIY will to get the job done.
Instead, you can find out more about wills and estate planning by joining us for a free seminar. You can also call Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC at (802) 879-7133 or contact us online to find out more about the ways in which our estate planning lawyers can help you to make a legally valid will.