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Understanding the Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Online Wills

Posted on January 15th, 2022

Dangers of Do-It-Yourself and Online Wills in Mooresville, NC

Our Daly Mills Estate Planning attorneys in Mooresville help our fellow North Carolina residents outline their plans for the future. That includes providing tips on how to talk to their adult children about end-of-life plans, or how to choose an executor when they do not have children.

The reality is, early estate planning empowers our Lake Norman area residents to live their lives to the fullest, knowing their assets are protected and their futures are preserved.

That begins with being able to ask our Iredell County estate planning attorneys important questions and provides immediate access to input that allows them to make informed decisions about the future of their estates.

This personal approach to delivering estate planning solutions is why we caution anyone from executing an online Will.

Here are a few drawbacks to the online process that can leave your estate in the hands of the probate court, instead of your loved ones.

Your Online Will May Be Accompanied by Disclaimers

This is one of the most dangerous aspects of online Wills.

Depending on the website used, your Will may come with a disclaimer stating the online service “does not provide legal services,” which is certainly caused for concern, considering the importance of the document in question.

Worse, the completed Will may come with a disclaimer that there is no guarantee that it is accurate, reliable, complete, or up to date with North Carolina laws, regulations, or administrative requirements, and that the provider is not liable for any loss or injury resulting from the document.

This could make your Will invalid from the beginning, which could lead to one or more of the following issues.

Your Online Will May Not Be Properly Executed

Before it is recognized as a legally binding document, a Will must be properly executed.

The Will must be signed by the testator the person who is writing the Will (you) with the intent to sign or by another person under their direction and presence.

At least two uninterested witnesses must sign a North Carolina Will for it to be valid.

You also want to make sure that your Will is self-proving.

Your Online Will May Be Easily Disputed

If you believe your Will may be disputed by family members later, which is often true when someone is not listed as a beneficiary or is removed from the Will without their knowledge, an online Will may give them the room they need to proceed with a valid legal contention.

Your Online Communication May Not Be Confidential

Any time you speak with a hired attorney, your conversation is protected by the attorney-client privilege. That means your information and communication are confidential.

Information shared online may not be protected by that privilege. It can also be unsafe to upload any personal data on a website that cannot guarantee your online safety.

A Will is one of the most important legal documents you will have drafted.

Unfortunately, online Will services leave significant room for error, which means any problems may not be discovered until you are gone. Then, it is too late to clarify your intentions.

Our advice is, speak to a skilled estate planning lawyer in Mooresville today. We can help you understand what should go into your Will while guaranteeing its proper execution.

Contact Our Skilled Lake Norman Area Estate Planning Attorneys Today

Our North Carolina estate planning attorneys can help you and your family create legally binding powers of attorney and wills and trusts that provide confidence for your future.

To learn more about how we can help you and your family create a customized estate plan to protect your wishes, call us at to schedule an initial consultation with our skilled Estate planning attorneys in Mooresville, North Carolina at Daly Mills Estate Planning today.