The Risks of a Handwritten Will

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The Risks of a Handwritten Will

A Hand Written Will

A handwritten Will can be defined as simply writing it and signing it in the end. People or most recommend this will because it’s cheaper and easier but the quickest doesn’t  mean it is the best. When you write a handwritten Will you are risking possible forfeits within the document that would be easily spotted out by the court and a lawyer. Through the hand written will you would have to go through multiple drafts explaining our first adding more fees I could’ve equal up to getting an official Will from the state. It isn’t recommended to get a handwritten well because of it so I could service towards a person’s needs that is needed.


When it comes to handwritten wheels you’re risking missing specifics that may be needed in court in order to keep or give directions to your assets. Another issue with a hand written well is unable to even understand the handwriting, a probate attorney can point out some statements are too vague since you’re making your own Will without any professional opinion and you may even come across rejection when asking for some kind of government service towards you or your family. Most of the time writing a hand written Will may even start off as an invalid document since so many mistakes are most likely to be found. To prevent any conflict towards your future plans It’s best to get an estate attorney, a trust report and a probate attorney for the best services you need towards your Will.


1.  Who Inherits When There is no Will?

In estate planning with no heirs all of the decedents assets is determined by the court or distributed to organizations that provided these assets in the first place. With the estate, it’s also determined with who receives the household but more funds and fees will be included. Usually the spouse or any other close relatives would inherit these assets but again, fees is included.

2. Where Do I Keep My Will?

You should store the will in a safe but should be fireproof in case of a possible fire within the estate. You would have all the documents you need to save your money from this sort of incident. A safe deposit box should be avoided because your bank can limit access to the account after your death. At least one person you trust should know where your will is or file it but will be responsible as the representative unless announced in the will itself. Most important is that the will must be in an envelope.

3. Is my Will valid if I move to another state?

The final Will you decide to document or file is valid across all 50 states and if you ever do move an estate to another state, there’s only filing your new estate in the place your moving to with simple instructions provided. It’s a different questionnaire depending on the state you decide to move too.

4. Should I make a copy of my Will?

Do not make more than one signed and witnessed original of your will. You may, however, give an unsigned copy to your proposed personal representative and your spouse, friends or children.

5. What is an Estate Settlement?

An estate settlements is the process of a decedent’s estate being transferred  to an assigned trustee or beneficiaries. There’s also planning of who obtains all these assets but expenses that go with it all.

6. Do I Need to Have My Will Notarized?

No you don’t. According to NY State law, you don’t need to notarize your will to make it real. Though when it comes to self proving, a notary is necessary. Self proving is accompanied by a witnesses for no oral testimony being needed to be admitted to the official probate. With a self-proving probate, can quicken the process since witnesses signed it.

7. How much is a probate?

The price of the probate in NY, it go from $300 to $800 an hour. The service fee for the estate attorney can be over $3000.

8. Can an irrevocable trust be amended?

One thing you can do by is to remove assets you’ve written within the trust. You will still have the trust on file but it’ll be one that is empty. There’s also booking an appointment with the court through a trustee since he or she is responsible for making any adjustments as well in the trust even if it’s irrevocable. As long as there’s a good reason for the modification.

9. Can I collect unemployment if I go to school?

To receive unemployment you need to document that you’re looking for work and enrolled in school to receive some benefits.

10. How long do you have to work to collect unemployment in NY?

According to the official website, you need to be working for at least a month and in file at least $2,700 in wages.Your base period also needs to be higher than your quarter wages.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. The content of this blog may not reflect the most current legal developments. No attorney-client relationship is formed by reading this blog or contacting Morgan Legal Group.

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