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Are Do-It-Yourself Wills a Good Idea?

Question:  How can I be sure that my do-it-yourself will is legal? Answer:  A will must be put in writing, include your signature and be witnessed by two people who are not beneficiaries.  While it may seem obvious, you’ll want to store it in a safe place, but make sure someone close to you knows its whereabouts.  Creating a will may seem to be the best choice, but other legal documents such as trusts or powers of attorney may be more appropriate for your situation.  If you want peace of mind, the cost to have a lawyer review your will could be money well-spent.  An experienced attorney can address potential problems that a “do-it-yourself” might miss.     For more information about Illinois law, visit  If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit