List of “Don’ts” in Preparing Your Will

Don’t Delay: It is not unusual for people to procrastinate about their wills. Planning about what will happen when you become incapacitated or die, is not the most pleasant things to think about. It is natural that people put off and delay planning, preparing and executing wills. Planning your estate will not make your death occur sooner. But, dying without a will, can cause significant financial and emotional distress to your family. It can also dramatically increase court costs and attorney’s fees if your estate must be litigated.

Don’t worry about what people will think: Unless it is required by law, there is no requirement that you give the reasons in your will. You should always do what you want to do. You should not do what others may want to do to keep them happy. Spend time determining what will make you happy and do it. Remember, you will not have to answer for what and why you did it when you are dead.

Don’t get your advice from non-attorneys: So many people listen to non-attorneys to get advice about their wills. It is important to take the time, money, and effort to consult a licensed practicing attorney. Any questions should be directed to that attorney.