Problems with Do It Yourself Wills?

Just read a Kentucky case where the woman died and and had a do it yourself form will that she had done herself without the assistance of an attorney. She left everything to her husband. Problem was that her husband died before she did and no alternate beneficiaries were named in the document. Along with the will were handwritten pieces of paper with lists of items for people to receive and another list which appeared to be the intended beneficiaries that she probably prepared after her husband died but they were not part of the form will. Guess what? That didn’t work and the Court determined that her assets should be distributed as if she had no will as it found the handwritten additional pages did not conform to the requirements for a will and the do it yourself form will had no living beneficiary named. There is a lesson here –professional advice is needed in these matters.

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