In Washington, digital wills are allowed and recognized. In 2022, the uniform electronic wills act took effect, allowing testators to create and execute wills essentially from the comfort of their homes.
Since most people live busy lives, digital will execution sounds like a good idea. While an electronic will might meet your needs, it can also leave you open to exploitation.
What are the advantages?
You can put convenience at the top of the list regarding the benefits of electronic wills. For example, you can create the document on a home computer and sign it right from your desk with digital signature technology. Other possible advantages include the following.
- Online notarization options increase convenience
- You can easily store copies online and on your computer
- Digital storage allows easy sharing of your will with family members
Finally, those who are too ill or infirm to leave home unless necessary may have a simpler means of creating their wills.
What are the possible downsides?
Most seemingly good ideas contain a few drawbacks, and electronic wills are no exception. Perhaps the greatest hazard they pose is encouraging you to believe it is okay to pass on legal assistance. Your will could be invalid if it contains even one error. Below are more disadvantages to consider.
- Stringent witnessing requirements
- May leave complex assets unprotected
- Some states will not recognize digital wills
Although electronic wills are permitted, the procedures required to ensure legality are still evolving. As such, it will benefit you to seek legal guidance rather than go it alone.