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Wills and estate planning

Learn how to write a will with 3 examples

You know having a will is important in order to distribute your assets as you wish, but how do you start writing one? Refer to one of the websites listed below or use a skilled estate planning attorney.

Have you been wondering how to write a will but unsure as to how to go about putting one together? Even with the many do-it-yourself websites for creating a quick and easy last will and testament, you may still feel a bit intimidated by the process. But as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. And when it comes to creating a last will and testament, an example can be just as noteworthy.

If you're thinking about how to write your own will, the following three websites have several examples of wills that could very well be the visual prompt you need to get started. Note: Remember that laws are different in each state, so learn more about what may be required where you live, or work with a qualified estate planning attorney.

The living trust network

This website has several examples to help you create a simple, complex, disclaimer, and pour-over wills, as well as a sample codicil (a way to legally modify/update a will).

The example that NOLO provides is a fictitious illustration of what a simple will may look like by breaking the information that you will need in 13 steps. Of course, your document may look different, but this can help you get started with some of the basics.

This website not only provides you with examples of wills, but allows you to select from a dropdown menu a sample document that is representative of your state.

Dying without a will is to die intestate. This means that instead of you appointing someone to distribute your assets according to your wishes, a court-appointed executor will do it for you. A last will and testament solves this problem by allowing you to specify how your property will be transferred after your death. Having a will won't prevent you from going through the probate process, but it can help the court to easily determine who receives what in accordance to your wishes.




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