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The advantages and disadvantages of e-wills

California residents may be interested in the potential benefits that come from creating electronic wills. The Uniform Electronic Wills Act is allowing individuals in some states to create and sign wills online. Before an individual decides if an electronic will is the right option for them, there are some things they need to know.

An electronic will can give an estate owner the ability to create and execute a will in the comfort of their own home or office. They will never need to use any paper to have this document created. The process involves a person creating a will online and then getting in touch with a notary through the internet. The notary will have a video chat with the creator and ask them a few questions. The document can then be notarized and sent to the user. All of this is done without any paper being exchange from a user or notary's hands.

While this process can be very convenient, some people are concerned about the potential dangers that could come from electronic wills. For example, a person's lack of mental capacity to sign the will could be questioned. Or perhaps there may be a question about the exercise of undue influence, coercion or duress over an individual signing a will. When a lawyer is present, some of these problems will be eliminated.

Creating a will is an important step in protecting a person's assets and family. However, estate owners should understand the steps necessary to make sure that a will is legally binding. A lawyer can provide information about probate disputes, estate litigation and testamentary capacity. Legal counsel could also lay out the steps that are needed to create a valid will.

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