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    3 Reasons Not to Trust Your DIY Will

    Most people turn to the Internet today to do everything for them – from answering simple questions to filing an accident claim with their insurance company. So it would make sense that many people are beginning to turn to the World Wide Web to create their estate plan as well. Unfortunately, while planning your estate online may seem to be the easier option, doing so can actually create a lot of problems in the future-for both yourself and your beneficiaries.

    At Jim A. Lyon Law Firm, we always recommend hiring an estate planning and probate attorney to assist you with the creation of your estate plan, as creating a will, trust, or any other end-of-life document involves a lot of consideration, legalities, and attention to even the most minute details. If you are looking for an affordable way to create your end-of-life documents, you do not have to rely on DIY methods; our Oklahoma City estate planning and probate attorney has been helping individuals in the Oklahoma City area with their end-of-life planning for over 40 years, and now we want to help you.

    Why You Should Not Use Online Estate Planning Software

    Aside from the fact that online software cannot discuss your estate plan with you, evaluate every detail thoroughly, or ensure that every aspect of it says exactly what you intended for it to say, online estate planning software has many pitfalls. Today we want to discuss three of them:

    1. They Are Not State Specific. Unfortunately, when you use online forms, many of them are not state specific. In estate planning, state specific forms are essential. If your will, trust, or other end-of-life documents are not state specific, and if they do not adhere to Oklahoma state law, it very well can be rendered invalid upon its execution. Not only would this make your efforts for naught, but also, it will create for a lengthy and contentiousprobate process for your family.

    2. You miss out on valuable – and oftentimes necessary – legal advice. Sure, online estate planning may seem easy and straightforward, but that is only because it is devoid of all of the legal advice necessary to make sound decisions regarding your end-of-life plans. An Oklahoma probate attorney is knowledgeable on estate planning, and can help you formulate your plan so that it best reflects your end of life wishes, advise you on whether a will or trust would better serve your purposes, and provide answers to any questions you may have. Furthermore, an estate planning attorney can help you to ensure that your will does not provide any reason for contest and a drawn-out probate process.

    3. Websites do not account for changes in the law. It is extremely important that your estate plan is in compliance withOklahoma estate law; if it is not, your estate plan will be rendered invalid. Online estate planning forms are not typically updated when the law is, and they most definitely do not contact you when a new law has been put into effect. Because of this, there is a good chance that when it comes time to use your will, it will be invalid. An estate planning attorney can keep you up to date on all of the changes to the law in Oklahoma, and ensure that your will or trust reflects those changes.

    Consult an Oklahoma City Probate Attorney

    At Jim A. Lyon Law Firm, our probate attorney has over 40 years of experience in estate planning and probate litigation, and is far more equipped to deal with will and trust creation than a simple online form. While it may seem easier to go the DIY route, there are too many factors that require careful consideration for estate planning to be a task to take a shortcut on. If you are in need of an easy, affordable estate planning solution, contact theestate planning attorney at Jim A. Lyon Law Firm today. Doing it the right way the first time will save you a lot of headache and time in the future, and ensure that no detail is left undone. Contact our law firm at 405-843-0461 to get started today.


    Ethan Moran
    Ethan Moran
    09:36 28 Dec 22
    To my wife and I, our probate case was complicated. Not to Jim! He made it look so easy, and his attention to detail is incredible. Highly recommend to anyone seeking an estate planning lawyer.
    Philippe Joshua
    Philippe Joshua
    17:56 30 Nov 22
    Jim's firm was referred to me by a friend who knew I was looking for an estate planning lawyer. I can't say enough good stuff about him. He's genuine, thorough and highly skilled. Strongly recommend.
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