Does the Do-It-Yourself Will or Suze Orman Will and Trust Kit Hold up in Court?


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In most cases, if it meets state requirements, a do-it-yourself will holds up in court as well as a will drafted by an attorney, according to AARP. However, hiring an attorney can help individuals ensure that their wishes are clear and that the will meets state requirements. Individuals who want additional services can also use a company, such as LegalZoom, that offers a review of completed forms to ensure that the answers are complete.

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Do-it-yourself wills, including the Suze Orman Will and Trust Kit, can help individuals save money on attorney fees and are sufficient if their assets do not exceed $2 million, advises U.S. News & World Report. To ensure that the will holds up in court, individuals must ensure that it is signed, witnessed and notarized as required by state law.

A do-it-yourself will is not appropriate in more complex situations. For example, if an individual or an individual's spouse is from another country, is involved in a gay relationship or has children under the age of 18, the individual should consult an attorney, advises Bankrate. In addition, individuals should not alter the standard wording found in a do-it-yourself form. This can create problems if the will is contested in court.

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