No. There is no legal requirement that a Will be drawn up by a lawyer. Most people can use quality, fill-in-the-blank legal documents to take care of basic concerns such as leaving their property to loved ones and naming a guardian for young children. However, there are a number of situations where it would be highly recommended to work with a lawyer instead of an Online Will:
- If you have significant assets.
- If you have a special needs, disabled, or dependent adult child.
- If you’ve been divorced or re-married.
- If you think one of your heirs might contest your Will.
- If you own a small business.
- If you are concerned about guardianship issues for minor children.
- If you’re raising grandchildren or stepchildren.
- If you or your spouse are citizens of another country.
- If you have questions about your Will or the Online form doesn't address your situation.
Online Wills aren’t for everyone. In fact, even if you get an Online Will, we would recommend that you consider getting it reviewed by a Christian attorney for added peace of mind.
Now that you have a basic idea of what you need to do to create your Will, here are some additional resources to help answer any questions you may have:
- Sample Bequest Language
- Four Advantages of Online Wills
- How do Online Wills Work?
- Do I Need a Lawyer to Make a Will?
- Including the Lord’s Work in Your Will
- How do I Find a Christian Estate Planning Attorney?
This information is not intended as legal, accounting or other professional advice. For assistance in charitable planning, consult an attorney for legal advice or the services of a qualified professional.