Why don’t you have a Will? (Part 2)

Or, more specifically, why don’t you have an up-to-date, lawyer-drafted Will 

Some of the top reasons for not having a Will are:  

(1)                I’m too young, 

(2)                I don’t have enough money to worry about it, 

(3)                Dying is depressing, and I’m not thinking about it yet,

(4)                I don’t have the time right now, 

(5)                Lawyers cost too much, and 

(6)                I’ll do it myself. 

Last time we reviewed Items 1-3, now let’s debunk 4-6. 


(4)   It never seems to be the right time, but if you feel now is not the time, can you guarantee you will find the time before you die? 


We completely understand that it is hard to find the time. Work, Life, kids, parents, etc.  Some people live with additional responsibilities on their plate, making it even more difficult to find time. This cuts to the heart of the matter. Because we cannot predict when the documents will be needed, we cannot state whether we have the time to put it off. Working with a lawyer will make the process straight-forward and easier. 


(5)   Dying without a Will is much more expensive and takes longer to resolve than if you pay a lawyer to prepare your Will. 

Another way to think of this is to narrow down what “too expensive” means. Too expensive compared to what? Not having one? A do-it-yourself option? Other expenses, like your daily Starbucks?

 Talk to any lawyer who prepares Wills as a main part of their practice, and they will share that Wills are generally priced very competitively, especially when you consider the time involved to ensure everything is not only technically done properly but also helps you achieve what you wanted when you started the planning process.  


(6)   If you do it yourself, you will not be there to find out if you did it successfully. 

DIY Wills are not the solution. If you put a new light in your kitchen, you will know if it works when you flip the switch. With a DIY Will, problems in the drafting, technical requirements, etc., are not noticed until after you die, and at that point it is simply too late to fix it. And the cost of fixing a simple mistake, such as not meeting a simple technical requirement, can be much higher than the cost of having a lawyer prepare a Will , if it is able to be fixed at all 

The thought of no longer being alive is overwhelming for most people and we often procrastinate.   

If you work with a lawyer on your Will they should ideally relieve you of the enormity of considering it all. Take a look at our process and see if you think we may be a good fit for you.


Almost every client has said, leaving our office with their Wills, “That was easier than I expected.” 

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for general purposes only and must not be considered legal advice. For specific legal advice, please consult an attorney directly. 

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