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Is the internet the best place to create one's will?

For Tennessee residents alive today, there has never been more access to information. It is now possible to go online and gain an overwhelming volume of information on virtually every topic. This is an exciting and exhilarating time, but it is also important to keep in mind that the internet cannot replace the skills and training of a legal professional. When it comes to creating one's will, old-fashioned face-to-face communication can yield a better result than online resources.

There is nothing wrong with researching basic estate planning topics online. In fact, there is a wealth of excellent information available through many different websites. That said, creating a will is a highly individualized process, one that cannot be outsourced to the online environment.

Each and every individual has a unique set of needs and goals when it comes to estate planning. By working with a skilled and experienced estate planning attorney, it is possible to create a comprehensive estate planning package that can address all of those concerns. There are many different will templates available online, none of which can provide the same level of customized service.

Tennessee residents who are interested in learning more about will execution should make an appointment with an estate planning attorney. There is nothing wrong with doing one's homework online ahead of time and compiling a list of questions and concerns to bring to the initial consultation. However, it is important to underscore the limitations of the online environment, especially when it comes to highly personalized services such as estate planning.

Source:, "More Than Half of American Adults Are Living Without an Estate Plan", Anna Sulkin, Oct. 11, 2016

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