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software technology available today, guaranteed to create a perfect, high-quality,
lawyer-approved legal Will, custom-made to your personal situation and local
We are so confident in our proven technology, which
has taken over 5 years to develop, and is updated continuously, that we offer a 30-day 100% money back
guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with your Will.
"I used your service to write a Will for my dear wife Christine who passed
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How is the ExpatLegalWills.com
MyWill™ service better than a do-it-yourself legal will kit?
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Most people do not need a lawyer, but be careful.
It is extremely important for everybody to have a legal Will. However, the
whole process of expressing one's estate planning wishes has in many cases
been made overly complicated by the legal profession. There is no doubt
that people with large estates, sophisticated business interests, or unusual
family situations, should seek legal advice. But for the vast majority of
people it is possible to legally document one's wishes, without paying exorbitant
rates for legal advice. Many publishers have attempted to address this need
by heavily marketing "do-it-yourself legal will kits" which have been easy
to condemn by the legal profession because, for the most part, they are
awful. Here, we explain what makes legal will kits so poor, and how the
MyWill™ service at ExpatLegalWills.com
Most do-it-yourself will
kits are too simple. At ExpatLegalWills.com
we have investigated
and reviewed a number of "do-it-yourself legal will kits" and share the conclusions
already made by the CBC in their Market Place consumer affairs show
that for the most part, they are grossly inadequate and can lead to drawn
out court battles where family members try to interpret the statements of
the testator. In an article published in the Miami Herald in 2002, Peter
Cohen, a Miami lawyer, said: "I really believe that tremendous damage is
being done with these kits. If they go wrong, the consequence are grave.''.
The key finding of these investigations has been that most kits are just
too simple, and, as a leading Canadian lawyer noted, "What is not in here
is more important than what is in here".
Buyer beware. To highlight the importance of the above lawyer's
statement, we show below some samples of "legal will kits" collected by our
team at ExpatLegalWills.com
and explain some of the pitfalls of these kits.
It will also become apparent why the MyWill™ service at
is in a completely different league and should not be compared to these
kits. All of the samples shown here are from assorted, well known publishers,
who advertise heavily or are prominently displayed in major stationery and
book stores. Here is an example of what you get when you purchase one of
the more popular will kits on the market today --- a simple piece of paper
with a few blanks to fill in. (Yes, you can actually buy this "kit" and we
paid good money for it.)
Competitor Sample #1
Is it a legal will? When a document claims to be a "legal
will" you have to understand what that means. If I type on a piece of paper
"This is the Last Will and Testament of me, John Doe, of Toronto, Ontario.
I leave my entire estate to my son James Doe." Then, if I sign the
document in front of two witnesses, and date it – then I have a legal will.
That is how a vendor can get away with calling their product a "legal will
kit". Here is another example of a popular will kit, which once again
leaves the consumer with the daunting task of trying to figure out how to
fill in the blanks:
Competitor Sample #2
You must plan for the unexpected. As lawyers tend to point
out, what is missing in these simple will kits is a description of what
can go wrong. What happens if John Doe has two children? Or a wife? What
will happen if James Doe dies before John Doe? Contrary to popular belief,
you are not necessarily free to leave your estate to whoever you please.
So a blank piece of paper may be called a "legal will kit" but the completed
document may have no standing in a court of law.
Competitor Sample #3
You need to know what to think about. Some marginally better
kits, such as the one pictured above, take account of the "residue clause"
in a will (i.e. making an alternate plan in case one of the beneficiaries
cannot receive a gift), but this sample is still riddled with problems.
Leaving blank spaces for the description of estate distribution could easily
result in these common pitfalls:
- What happens if you have any dependents currently in your care?
If you provide for them today and they have an established relationship
with you, then they may have a claim on your estate (depending on local laws).
- What if you have any debts that you owe or have anything owed to
- What if you want to make a more detailed provision for each of your
beneficiaries not being able to receive a particular part of your property.
For example, if one beneficiary does not survive you, you may want to
name an alternate beneficiary.
- What will happen if both parents are killed in the same accident?
- What if you are not absolutely explicit in your wording? Terms like
"divide my estate equally between my cousins and my friend Bill" have
at least five different interpretations.
The MyWill™ service has been designed to handle all of these issues.
Using an informative and comprehensive system such as the MyWill™
service at ExpatLegalWills.com
makes more sense. It is not perfect for every
situation, and you can check our Frequently Asked
Questions to determine if MyWill™ is suitable for you. If it is, then
you will benefit from stepping through a series of questions ranging from
your family status, your wishes for estate distribution, setting up alternate
plans, specifying guardianships and trusts, and setting up charitable donations.
We will then build your responses into a legal will custom-made for your
local jurisdiction and based on templates created from legal reference books
(the type that are found on the bookshelves of every estate planning lawyer).
The MyWill™ service has several other advantages. We have
taken the ability for consumers to write their own legal will to a whole
new level. There are several additional features provided by the MyWill™
service that a do-it-yourself will kit cannot even begin to address.
- Incredible value for money. Our membership pricing model allows us to provide you with the most value for your money at prices that are unprecedented in the legal industry. We worked with lawyers to bring you this service, and we paid for their legal services so you don't have to.
- If you wish, we can inform you by email about any changes in legislation
which may have occurred in your jurisdiction that may require changes
to your Will. Or we can send you simple email reminders, no more
than once a year, to remind you to consider updating your Will if any
significant changes have occurred in your life.
- Our wizards, help and information are designed to be the best on
the market and are kept up-to-date on an ongoing basis.
- The MyWill™ service provides you with complete instructions and
answers your questions in everyday language, free of legal industry
jargon. We have developed this service based on the requirements
of the public, not dictated by the legal profession.
- The Keyholder® Advantage. You can
take advantage of our unique messaging service which
allows you to describe the exact location of your Will
and to provide a detailed list of assets for your
Executor. All for no extra charge. When you pass away,
let us worry about communicating this information to the
people you specify. There is simply no other company
that provides such a complete and convenient service to
their customers. For more information, read about
The Keyholder® Advantage.
- We have a strong focus on protecting the privacy and security of
your information. We use industry standard encryption algorithms
for storing all of your private information, and the design of
ensures that the contents of your Will are made available to the specific
people designated by yourself, and only at the appropriate time.
- You can even have your final document checked over for consistency
and completeness by one of the affiliates in our legal team.
Don't take our word for it. Try it out for yourself. We
have worked with lawyers in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom to bring you the
MyWill™ service and to ensure that it is of the highest quality. Best
of all, you can
try it now, without any commitment. Take a look at the sample will kits
described on this page, then try the ExpatLegalWills.com
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