Do I Need an Attorney to Write My Will?

There are few things more important in life than creating a comprehensive estate plan. Of course, a will is often the document that most people think of when estate planning comes to mind. However, with various options on the table, many people wonder if they are required to hire an estate planning attorney to draft their will. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Pennsylvania estate planning attorneys to learn more about wills and how we can help you create one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What can I include in my will?

Your will is your primary estate planning document. In your will, you can include instructions regarding what you want to happen with your estate, and various additional assets, upon your passing. You can also appoint an executor in your will, which is the person who is essentially in charge of ensuring that your assets are distributed as you would have intended. Oftentimes, people will select their spouses or children as their executors.

Why do I need an attorney to help me draft my will?

The reality is that there are few documents more important than wills. That being said, if you are someone who is looking to draft your will, there are online will-writing kits available, some of which are even free. While you certainly can take this route if you wish, anyone who knows anything about estate law will tell you that this is absolutely a bad idea. There is no substitute for the knowledge an experienced estate planning attorney can bring to the table, and furthermore, when you decide to draft your will without the assistance of an estate planning attorney, you drastically increase the chances of you opening yourself up to various potential legal pitfalls. In fact, even a simple misphrase can drastically alter the outcome of your estate plan. This can hurt not only you, but your family as well.

The simple truth is that the fee you pay to an attorney now significantly outweighs the potential loss you may experience by creating your estate plan without an attorney in the long run. We are always here to help, and we do so efficiently to minimize the cost on your end. If you have any additional estate planning questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced Pennsylvania estate planning attorneys today. We are here to assist you through every step of the process ahead–all you have to do is ask.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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