Low-Cost Online Will-Maker Is Less of a Value Than You Might Think

Posted by Shawna Murray | Feb 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

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Recently, I ran across a website that promises a low-cost alternative to hiring an attorney “in just a few clicks.” This website promises that the documents it produces in about 15 minutes are valid in every state and that they are all you need to be prepared for solving the problem of who is going to be taking care of your children and distributing your property when you pass away. Seriously!? Just 15 minutes? As a mother, I have spent more time deciding which pair of shoes to buy for my sons than it would take to create this “Last Will and Testament.” How could I possibly have peace of mind after spending less than 15 minutes deciding their future life without me?

Furthermore, this Will-maker indicated, after a few clicks, that it would generate an affordable Will for me, even though I live in California. Well, that might be acceptable if I do not have many assets. Any estate worth more than $150,000 has to be probated in California. Probate in California is not inexpensive, nor streamlined. If I left any property that must be probated, then my heirs will end up with less money and it could take a year or more for them to get it. Probate is not a cost-effective option for most Southern Californians. Plus, money left to a minor outright in a Will is turned over to the child at age 18, which nearly all parents can agree is a bad idea.

Did I mention that this Robo-Will Maker mentions in fine print that it is not a law firm and cannot give legal advice? 

If you would like to speak with an attorney who can provide you with legal advice in the state of California and find out why you probably need a Revocable Living Trust in additional to a Will, along with several other documents to be truly prepared for incapacity and death, let's start a conversation.

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Shawna Murray

The key purpose of my estate planning practice is to help individuals, families, and business owners achieve peace of mind by creating and implementing customized, yet cost effective estate plans. I have a client-centered process to ensure my client's goals are met.


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