California only allows you to pay an attorney for or DIY a will.  why?

California only allows you to pay an attorney for or DIY a will. why?

If you’re trying to avoid religion or politics this Thanksgiving dinner, give estate planning a try. After all, a will is more than just a piece of paper—it’s an opportunity to shape your legacy, help those you love, and advance causes you believe in.

However, in California, arbitrary and vague rules made it impossible to set up one without expensive lawyers. This needs to change.

It can cost to create a will in California Over $400 in attorney’s fees. That price is a little steep for many, but it’s a relative bargain when compared to the alternative—a will—that may be necessary if someone dies intestate. If a loved one’s estate goes into probate, the family may be in trouble because of huge costs – a lawyer you may receive $4,000 to direct an estate of $100,000 through the probate process.

In some ways, California law recognizes this financial barrier. State law allows Californians to write their wills by hand, even without witnesses. But since most people don’t know how to properly draft an enforceable legal will, there is a real possibility of making costly mistakes.

Why should the options only be choosing between expensive legal fees or gambling on an uninformed person’s understanding of probate law?

In fact, the wills code is not so complicated as to require going to three years of law school and passing the standard to prove your proficiency. What makes a will a complex document is not the law but the fact that it is an expression of our complex relationships—to dear friends, with significant others, blood relatives and for certain reasons. Arguably, a good therapist is more important in drafting a will than a commissioned attorney. An honest lawyer will tell you as much.

Unfortunately, the law does not reflect this fact.

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