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Do any of you advise against using online template forms to create your own Will, Power of Attorney and Health Care Directive?

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Some of my colleagues have used these forms to create their own Will and Power of Attorney–not sure about Health Care Directive. As long as they are notarized, I assume these documents are considered as legal as those created by an Attorney–or am I mistaken? Are there cautionary tales you wish to share? Is there an online resource for these forms that you recommend? What range of costs should I expect if I complete these forms and have an Attorney review them and advise me of any issues?

ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU:

Online forms are not tailored to individual situations.  It is a gamble for you to rely on them.  It is very important that the Last Will and Testament is drafted and executed properly.  Too many times I have seen wills that don’t do what the testator wanted because of ambiguous language or weren’t executed properly so the will wasn’t in effect.  It ends up costing more in the long run because of the discrepancies which must be fixed on the back end.

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