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Caught in the trap

Sue Smith untangles the most common problems with DIY wills and probate

1 September 2011

Few of us would choose to spend money on legal fees if we did not have to and, in these straitened financial times, never has this been more the case. In this age of corner cutting, will writing appears to be one of the legal fields most commonly perceived ?as an area where savings can be made ?by ‘doing it yourself’.

So what can possibly go wrong with writing down who should have what when you die? And when death occurs, what is so difficult about those you choose marshalling your assets, getting probate and distributing your estate according to your will? Surely it’s just the lawyers mystifying the subject and making it seem harder and therefore more expensive than it really is?

Relatively speaking

Not so. While it is true that, if such matters are approached properly and with some research, costs can sometim...

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