The New York Times has an article on the importance of having a will. I think this article makes some very valid points, and is worth reading. As a lawyer who focuses on estate planning, when I mention that people should have wills, durable power of attorneys, and healthcare power of attorneys they assume my points are just to gain business. If you live in North Carolina or have property in North Carolina I would love to be the lawyer who works on your estate planning documents with you, HOWEVER I want you to have these documents even if you do not use me.
It is more important that you have documents to make sure your wishes are carried out as you want them to be, than you hiring me to make these documents with you. Having said that I encourage you to read the article and contact myself or a lawyer in your state to help with your estate planning.
The article points out that you can write your own will in some situations. Please do not assume that it will be valid for your situation. Most lawyers can have a brief conversation with you to gather facts about if there would be a conflict of interest and what your situation is, and then give you an estimate of how much it would cost for a lawyer to draw up documents that will be valid in your state.
If you are in North Carolina and would like an estimate on how much these documents would be please email The Law Offices of Michaella Levandoski, PLLC using the Contact Page.