Do it yourself (known as DIY) is a recent trend made possible by the vast information found on the internet. Many Americans now do many projects without professional help, ranging from a medical diagnosis to plumbing. Unfortunately, being your own lawyer has also become popular in the internet age. Many Americans now write their will using a generic online template or simply use google for law advice.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren Burger made the mistake of doing it himself when he died in 1995 with a 176 word will that he drafted himself. While Justice Burger was the most important legal professional in the land, he still left out key provisions in his will that resulted in $450,000 in estate taxes for his family to pay and his executors had to go through the probate court to approve administrative acts.
When a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court cannot successfully draft a DIY will it should be obvious that most Americans cannot as well. Only an estate planning professional should create a will or trust to properly protect a family from unnecessary taxes and fees.