Deciding whether to write a simple will or have a complex will largely depends on your estate and how you would like to leave your property. Other factors include whether you have a trust established or expect to owe estate taxes at your death.
You could write your own will if you expect few issues when you pass away regarding the distribution of your estate and merely want to pass your property in a clear and uncomplicated fashion. A simple will may be sufficient if:
In other circumstances, you may want to consider having a complex will prepared for you by a trusts and estates attorney. A complex will may be more appropriate if:
For example, you can put your assets into a trust, but you may want to have a will with a "pour-over will," which is designed to pour your assets into the trust if they were not transferred to the trust before you passed away. In this manner, the assets that should have gone into the trust are transferred after death and then distributed pursuant to the terms of the living trust.
In any situation where you have considerable assets or a large family, or if you wish to set up estate instruments to avoid probate or tax considerations, contact a trusts and estates attorney to properly advise you.