Q: Is it legal for my mother to write her own will as long as it is witnessed and notarized?
She owns her own home, is a widow, has a car and a 401. No bills to speak of other than utilities. Credit cards paid off monthly.
A: Absolutely, but it is extremely easy to create an invalid Will. A 401k will be disbursed according to the beneficiary designation even if the wheels leave it to somebody else.
She should also consider probate avoidance techniques such as trusts, Transfer on death designation’s etc.
Finally she needs to consider having proper powers of attorney and advanced healthcare directive’s in place.
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