126 Perham Corner Rd. Lyndeborough, NH 03082
These should be simple, easily understood, documents, not complicated documents that only the drafting attorney can understand. Nor, with few exceptions, should these documents be expensive.
When I represent a client, or often a couple, I first meet with the client and help her or him make decisions. I then create the documents and email them to my client to be sure they are satisfactory. Then I schedule a will signing with witnesses in my office where I preside over the necessary formalities to make the documents legally enforceable.
Some law firms push living wills, frightening clients with horror stories of the expense of contested probate cases. However, these law firms change more for drafting a living trust, then for drafting a will, and do not disclose how few estates are actually contested. I, of course, can draft all types of trusts, but, generally, a simple will serves my client’s needs best.
I have represented clients in many estate matters in NH and MA.
Some of these cases involved an heir exerting undue influence on an elderly testator, resulting in her or him leaving a will grossly favoring that heir. Others involved the executor nominated in the will betraying his trust, violating his fiduciary duty, and trying to loot the estate.
These are very difficult cases, because they are often immersed with emotional and psychological issues such as “mother loved you best,” “I loved mother best,” and, “if only you had taken better care of mother, she’d be here today.”
Difficult cases for all involved, but, if there are sufficient assets in dispute, worth pursuing.