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The bumpy road of homemade wills: Why its worth calling in the experts!

Updated: Mar 12

Let's dive into a topic that's as important as it is tricky: homemade wills. Now, I get it – when it comes to sorting out your estate, DIY might seem like the way to go. After all, who doesn't want to save the pennies and get things done on their own terms? But hold onto your hats, because there's a whole heap of trouble that can come with those homemade documents. So, kick back, grab a cuppa, and let's chat about why bringing in the experts is the smart move.

Legal maze ahead: Picture this: you spend hours crafting what you think is a rock-solid will, only to find out it's about as legally airtight as a sieve. Navigating the legal landscape without a guide can lead you straight into a tangled mess of confusion and disputes. Trust me, you don't want your loved ones squabbling over your assets because of some legal loophole you missed.

Oops, where'd that go?: Ever thought you've divvied up your assets only to realize you forgot about that vintage record collection hiding in the attic? Homemade wills often overlook assets or fail to account for changes in your life, like new additions to the family or a change in marital status. Yikes! That could mean big headaches for your nearest and dearest down the line.

Mind matters: Picture this scenario: someone questions your mental abilities when you made that will over a decade ago. Without proper documentation, your wishes could be tossed aside like yesterday's newspaper. It's crucial to dot those i's and cross those t's. Ensuring your testamentary capacity is crystal clear is vital to keeping your will rock-solid.

Forgot to plan for the curveballs: Life's full of surprises, right? Well, homemade wills often forget to plan for the unexpected twists and turns that life throws our way. From guardianship arrangements for the little ones to setting up special needs trusts, it's the nitty-gritty details that can make or break a will. Don't leave your loved ones hanging when the going gets tough!

Execution matters: You might have poured your heart and soul into drafting that will, but if it's not executed properly, it's about as useful as a chocolate teapot. Missing out on witness signatures or not signing at all, can turn your carefully crafted document into a legal headache. Trust me, it's all about getting those formalities right the first time around.

Probate Pains: And last but not least, let's talk about probate. Homemade wills often end up costing more in the long run, with drawn-out legal battles and delays in asset distribution. Save your loved ones the stress and hassle by ensuring your will is watertight from the get-go.

So, there you have it, the scoop on why you should bring in the experts and not make homemade wills. While the DIY appro

ach might seem appealing, it's worth bringing in the experts to make sure your wishes are ironclad and legally sound. After all, estate planning isn't just about paperwork – it's about peace of mind for you and your loved ones. So, why take the risk? Give yourself, and your family, the gift of professional guidance when it comes to sorting out your estate. You are protecting their future after all so why not get it right first time!

That's what we do here are Argo. We get it right first time. We know that you want to make sure that your family are protected when you are no longer around. The cost of professional advice is not an expense to be avoided but an investment in your family's future. Why not give us a call and take advantage of our 15 minute free consultation to talk through your ideas? A free phone call - too good to be missed.

Call us on 01622 843729

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