Do you really need a lawyer to make a will?

Written by Jim Worthington on May 14, 2017

I’ll reluctantly acknowledge that there are some online tools that some people can use to make an acceptable will. But, there are many people for whom these services will never be suitable. Use the linked flowchart below to see which group you’re in. If it turns out you might be a candidate for a do-it-yourself project, come back to this post for an important caution about the online tools.


For those who may be candidates for an online tool, keep in mind the buyer beware adage. A recent ad for one of these services made its way to my inbox. The fine print explained that its offerings were not “substitutes for the advice of an attorney and if you need legal advice for your specific matter, or if your matter is too complex to be addressed by our tools, you should consult a licensed attorney in your area.” It didn’t say how to know if your matter was too complex, and three more paragraphs of disclaimers came after that warning.

It’s a little like going to the doctor with a nagging cough. Chances are, it’s allergies. But, wouldn’t you like to know if it’s something more serious? Sometimes, it’s worth doing things the traditional way for that extra peace of mind.