I’d like to tell you a story about Tom, an imaginary middle aged man. Tom passed away after a long illness. Anticipating his demise, Tom planned his estate by himself and made sure everything was “in order.” He prepared his own will from one he found online.
Years ago all attorneys, it seemed, kept their clients’ original wills and estate planning documents in a vault in the office. But at that time most people lived in the same house or town until they died. Today, people are so much more mobile, moving from one community to another, and one state to another, even late in life.
Every so often I come across a DIY will and wonder, why do people do this?
I know that wills look pretty simple. I also know that there are plenty of form wills out there. In fact we often hear the term, “A Simple Will” which might lead the unwary to believe, easy, or easy for anyone to do.
It seems everyone knows a story about someone without a living will, but does it spur you on to make one? If not, please let me tell you mine.
Too many years ago at too young an age, my mother ended up on life support with no hope of recovery.