New companies are offering services that keep written and video notes intended to help people stay in lives of their families and friends once they're gone. But lawyers and estate planners have concerns about potential problems arising from these new services.
Attorney John Dadakis said videotaping anything meant for heirs when you’re sick could have unintended consequences, particularly if not everyone is happy with their inheritance.
“If a lawyer is not part of that situation and this person is going off halfbaked and now all of a sudden this video surfaces in a probate contest, you have a lawyer standing there with his tongue hanging out,” Mr. Dadakis said. “Here you have this evidence that this person is halfbaked and it could cause problem in any probate context.”
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