I had a client whose brother downloaded a “Do-It-Yourself” Will off of the internet.
Unfortunately, he never had the “Will” reviewed by an attorney and it wasn’t considered
legally valid when he passed away.
Unsure of what to do in this situation, my client came to me to help him navigate the
complex Probate Court process.
It took 3.5 years (and $10,000s) fighting off legal challenges trying to prove his brother’s
intentions to the court.
Most online "Will Factories" that offer these types of forms rarely mention this.
As part of the Probate process we were forced to declare his assets to the court.
When creditors and estranged relatives saw the size of the Estate, the claims against his
Estate started flowing like a waterfall.
Even worse, his brother had never updated his life insurance.
The ex-wife, whom he had not spoken to in years, received a multi-million dollar payday.
What was left of the Estate was gobbled up by filing costs, legal bills, and “inventory fees”
(a fancy word for taxes).
Almost nothing was left for the man’s family members that he had attempted to leave his
Sadly, this is an all too common scenario.