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  • J. Michael Young is a civil litigation attorney with the firm of Sanders, O'Hanlon & Motley, concentrating in business and probate litigation. He is not licensed by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This blog is for informational purposes only and may not be relied upon for legal advice. Absent a written representation agreement, Mr. Young is not your attorney and this blog does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please consult with your own attorney if you need legal advice or assistance.

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December 18, 2008



People tend to take a short-sighted view of legal services and only worry about what the attorney will cost them at that time. The smarter way to look at it is from a long term point of view and try to see what the legal services will save for you and your family in the way of avoiding litigation in the future. This niche industry of "ready made legal forms" is a dangerous one and while it may help some people, it leaves the door open for people with real attorneys to dispute the ready-made documents. On the other hand, even the most well executed estate planning does not eliminate the possibility of litigation. High profile cases like that of Anna Nicole Smith in her bogus estate claim against the estate of her husband J.Howard Marshall. Marshall had more than adequate estate planning documents in place to omit Anna from his will but she disputed it for over a decade up until her death. When it comes down to it, people are better off getting a competent attorney to plan their estate but even then the smoothness of the transition depends on the integrity of the survivors.

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Belicoso, you make some good points. Even the most careful planning can't completely foreclose a challenge from a disgruntled heir.

However, the odds of a challenge increase dramatically with a holographic will or a form executed without the assistance of an attorney. Most people fail to appreciate that how a testamentary instrument is executed can be as important as what is written on the paper.

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