How to Make a Will Without an Attorney (or Attorney Fees!)
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Preparing a Will doesn’t have to be stressful and overwhelming – and you can make a Will all by yourself in the comfort of your own home without an attorney with GeauxPlans. A Last Will and Testament, known plainly as a Will, is one of the core parts of an estate plan. Each state has its own requirements for how a Will must be written and signed. While having a lawyer is helpful for advanced-level estate planning, you can really make a Will without a lawyer.
Decide Between an Online Will or Handwritten Will
When you are creating a Will, you can choose from multiple formats that have their own set of state requirements. You can prepare a handwritten will without an attorney. A Handwritten Will must be entirely in the testator’s writing, dated, and signed at the end, but does not need to be notarized. Handwritten wills are more prone to dispute, so use these with discretion and generally only in a crisis situation, such as a medical emergency with no ability to execute any other type of Will.
Follow Instructions Carefully for Online Wills
You can prepare an Online Will without a lawyer quite simply and easily. There are many websites that will allow you to create an Online Will form, so you have to be careful. Selecting a bad Online Will form will render your Will legally invalid.
If you choose to create a will online without an attorney, make sure to follow all the requirements set by state law. The following image is an Online Will obtained from a reputable source that wasn’t signed on the bottom of each separate page rendering the Online Will legally invalid in the State of the applicable jurisdiction.
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Identify Your Assets
Make a list of your assets. This includes cash, property, vehicles, life insurance accounts, and personal possessions. You do not need to specify any assets in your Will unless you wish to make a specific bequest, but having a complete list of assets will make the probate process much easier.
Other Legal Documents You Can Prepare Without A Lawyer
Getting your affairs in order requires two things: (1) a device such as a Will or a Trust; and (2) a set of fiduciary documents authorizing someone you trust to make legal decisions if you are unable to do so. We call these “fiduciary documents” because the person you appoint to make decisions for you will owe you “fiduciary duties,” which means they must act prudently and in your best interest at all times. These documents include a Financial Power of Attorney, Healthcare (Medical) Power of Attorney, HIPAA Release, and Living Will (a/k/a Advance Healthcare Directive). You can prepare all of these fiduciary documents without an attorney with GeauxPlans.
Review Will Laws
Wills are governed according to each state, so the requirements for a valid will are not all the same. Both online and printed wills are acceptable if in proper form. To learn more about the state law requirements for creating a will, you may contact an experienced estate planning lawyer. However, you can create a Will without an attorney through GeauxPlans.
Writing A Will Without An Attorney
Writing your own Will without an attorney and without the benefit of a reliable online will form is not recommended. However, if you choose to do so, it is crucial that you write your will with clear and concise language. Include full legal names of every person mentioned in your Will. You may also mention that you are in a sound state of mind at the moment you are writing a Will. Thoroughly review the language in your will so that it effectively communicates your values and goals. If your Will is ambiguous at all, it may invite a dispute.
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