Should I hire a lawyer to write my will or do it myself?

Hire a lawyer in most situations — it could save your family confusion and squabbles later. A lawyer’s assistance is essential if your circumstances are complex, unusual or involve significant assets. Costs depend on your situation and your region, but you’ll probably pay at least $300. If money is tight, check with your state’s bar association to find low-cost legal help, says lawyer Danielle Mayoras, coauthor of Trial & Heirs.

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