last will and testament

It is quick and it is easy. However, you really don’t want to go down that road.

It is a new trend. You go to a digital site that offers wills, you answer a few questions and sign it digitally. Now you have a will, right? No, actually you don’t, according to the Jewish Link of New Jersey in “Why You Really Don’t Want an Online Will.”

The problem is that, if you use one of these sites, you really do not have a valid will and you wasted your time and money.

In order to be valid in court, wills must be executed in specific ways.

That means you need to sign the will in front of witnesses, who also need to sign the will.

In some states, a notary public must also be present to certify that you and the witnesses signed the will.

If these steps are not taken, then the will cannot be entered into probate court.

Online wills are not worth your time.

Even if they do not make the basic error above, you cannot trust them to not make other mistakes.

An estate planning attorney can advise you on creating a valid will that fits your specific circumstances, and will hold up in court.

Reference: Jewish Link of New Jersey (August 24, 2017) “Why You Really Don’t Want an Online Will.”

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Mr. Amoruso concentrates his practice on Elder Law, Comprehensive Estate Planning, Asset Preservation, Estate Administration and Guardianship.