It's not absolutely necessary to use a lawyer to draw up a will. However you should have the working knowledge of the probate laws in your state. It's much better to draw up a revocable living trust, with the poor over will that it is to have a well. Trusts don't go through the probate process.
Craig W Smalley EA, CEP
Admitted to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service
It's not absolutely necessary...but it may be advisable depending on the complexity of your financial and family picture, as well as how knowledgeable you are (or aren't) in estate-related matters. Some folks with smaller, straight-forward estates are comfortable drafting their own Will using a self-help legal service such as LegalZoom. And that can be fine in simple situations if they know what they're doing. The potential danger is "not knowing what you don't know" and that can come around to bite your heirs once you've passed on. An estate planning attorney can help you make sure all the bases are properly covered. Treat this as general information and not formal legal advice. I hope it helps.
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