Not necessarily. Wills can take many forms, and there are several requirements a will has to meet to be considered valid after your death. Estate planning (preparing to transfer your property after your death) can be complicated, and you may want to talk to a lawyer to ensure that your wishes are carried out.
If you intend to leave most of your property to your nearest family and your situation is not complicated, you can prepare a simple and effective will on your own using the Michigan statutory will. You can use our Do-It-Yourself Will to prepare your will. If you have a more complicated situation or you decide a statutory will won’t meet your needs, you may want to have a lawyer help you draft a will. If you have a low income and are over 60 years old or are low income and facing a life-threatening emergency, your local legal aid office may be able to help you. Use Find a Lawyer to find the office nearest you.