I want to make changes to my Will. Is it necessary to hire an attorney or can I fill out the legal forms myself?
2 Answers from Attorneys
Wills are NOT done with forms. There is NO standard Georgia form, and generic forms on the internet lack state-specific language that can simpligy probate.
Even a minor mistake, a single word, can cost your heirs dearly in legal fees and a bad outcome. Why would you even consider risking that? A properly done will package, which like will also include your POA and Health Directive, and invaluable advice as to tweaks to your insurance and retirement can cost as little as a few hundred dollars done right with a lawyer.
I agree with Attorney Ashman. There are no forms for a will. There are do-it-yourself will kits from various sites like Legal Zoom, Rocket Lawyer and Nolo, however, I have looked at some of these and I find that they are not a substitute for having a will or codicil done by an attorney. And if you have anything which takes you out of the normal situation (blended families, step-children, more complicated living situations (domestic partners), divorce or possible disinheritance of children), I would strongly recommend you see a lawyer and not use the forms.
While Attorney Ashman is exaggerating a bit his point is well taken. I have seen too many situations where a person thinks they will save a few bucks by doing it themselves and they end up doing something wrong and leaving their loved ones a lawsuit instead of a bequest. Don't let this happen to you.
What is the nature of the change? If its relatively minor (like you want to change the percentages of a bequest or the executor), you can probably use a codicil. If there is more extensive changes, I would suggest having your will re-done.
In addition to a will or codicil, you should have a financial power of attorney and healthcare power of attorney/advance directive as noted by Attorney Ashman. GA actually combines the healthcare proxy and living will.
I can do the work for a reasonable fee. Please email me at email@example.com if interested.
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