The Perils Of Will Templates

Will Drafting Tips from the Bench

A will template may seem like an excellent no-frills, no-fuss solution for solicitors that find that a percentage of their business involves the drafting of wills. However, Gerry W. Beyer, a blogger on the Law Professor Blogs Network, cautions against using a one size fits all solution for will writing.

Mistakes can happen when writing wills. Some errors are more likely to occur when using a prepared templated form. Poor processes concerning the witnessing of the Will ceremony is often a problem area; inexact wording and cutting and pasting errors are other areas of concern, more likely to pop up when relying on a will template.

Key Takeaways:

  • Using a will template leaves people more open to mistakes caused by copying and pasting errors.
  • A prepared, standard form can also incorporate ambiguous language that is inexact and likely to cause a problem later.
  • Improper execution of the will ceremony is also more likely when attorneys use a will template.

Beyer states “Unfortunately solicitors who maintain an all-purpose “standard” will form may be unaware of certain perils, which tend to be uncovered only after their client has passed.”

Our comment is that there is no excuse for imprecise language.

Read more: Law Professors – Tips From The Bench.

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