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Can I use ChatGPT to draft my Will?

Written by Gabriella Ferraro

Edited by Catherine Micallef

Artificial intelligence (AI) may be the most advanced and assistive technology that has ever been developed. In particular, AI has proven to be an incredibly powerful research tool.

Despite this, AI technology can be problematic, if not used carefully.

Chat GPT is a recent form of AI which launched in 2022. Similar to a chatbox, ChatGPT allows you to have human-like conversations. The technology can also assist you with writing tasks and by answering your questions.

Succession lawyers are often told AI technology and online platforms are making it easier for people to draft their will and estate planning documents.

However, whether this is a useful tool to draft your will is questionable. A succession lawyer preparing your estate planning documents will undertake a thorough review of a client’s personal and financial structure and draft documents which considers existing legislation and case law in your State or country.

It involves more than entering details in to a form. Put simply, AI technology cannot reasonably achieve the same result.

Yes, even if you have instructions for an ‘easy’ and ‘straightforward’ will.

In fact, when ChatGPT is asked to respond on this question, the answer is:

As an AI language model, I can provide you with a template for a will, but it is recommended that you consult with a legal professional in Victoria, Australia to ensure that your will is valid, and complies with all applicable laws and requirements. A legal professional can provide you with personalised advice and recommendations based on your specific circumstances.

Whilst AI may seem like a cost-effective option, the significant problems arising from a poorly drafted Will when administering your estate can be costly. The costs to resolve these complication far outweigh the initial savings of using a free platform. These difficulties can also cause stress for your family at an already difficult time.

Whilst a free online platform may seem attractive, it is important to remember that estate planning is a serious matter that requires careful consideration and AI technology cannot replace the advice and guidance of an experiences wills and estates lawyer.

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