Can I Make a Will Without a Lawyer?
You can legally make a will without a lawyer in Massachusetts, as long as you have it properly witnessed (two adults who are not named in the will who witness your signature and attest to it).
There are, however, many reasons this is not a good idea. The first among them is that if you make a mistake, or fail to include something important, by the time you have passed and it comes to light it will be too late to fix it.
Second, there are things a will can do and things it cannot. You might draft a will that you believe reflects your wishes but will not be enforced that way. This is especially the case when it comes to preserving assets for your children if your spouse survives you, disinheriting someone in your immediate family, or trying to place limits on how certain assets are managed after you are gone.
Learn more here about the legal and financial risks of a do-it-yourself will.
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