Writing your will without a lawyer: Is it possible?

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Everyone needs a will to ensure their family and loved ones are taken care of after your death. If you have assets and personal possessions that you want to divide among specific people, it can be stated in your will. But, thanks to the Internet, you can write  your own will without hiring an attorney. An attorney can be very expensive, and writing your own will is cost-effective.

If all your assets and possessions are straightforward, writing a will can be very simple. However, you must ensure that you comply with the laws of your state pertaining to wills and testaments. For do-it-yourself wills, you can either type it out yourself are use an online company like Legalzoom that specializes in legal documents.

Here is what you need to do to write you own will.

1.        Find out about the laws in your state

There are some states that fall under the Uniform Probate Code, but there are others that do not. You will need to do some research about the laws for wills and testaments in your state. Find out how many witnesses you need, the age requirement for writing a will, and any other requirements to your will. You can find all this on the internet page of your state’s court service.

2.        Make a list

Make a list naming all your assets and possessions you want to leave to your family and friends. You can list house, property, money, and possessions. You can write the name of the person you want it to go to beside that item. Make copies of this list and review it to make sure you haven’t left anything and anyone out.

3.        Appoint an executor for your will

You need to choose someone who will act as an executor for your will. This person will have the responsibility of making sure that your wishes are carried out after your death. Choose a reliable person, someone you know to be fair and trustworthy. Before you ask the person, check the laws of your state for the requirements of an executor, and if this person meets those requirements, you can go ahead and ask him/her. If he/she is unsure if they will be able to take up the responsibility, you choose a backup too.

4.        Create your will

If you are creating your will through an online program, read the instructions and fill in the form and they will write your will and send it to you. If you are doing it yourself, you need to make sure of certain things. Comply with the laws of the state with regard t the format, content, and structure of the will. Certain states only accept typed wills and will reject handwritten wills. To avoid problems later, make sure you check up on all the laws properly and comply with them. All your witnesses must be present when you sign your will and get them also to sign the will.

This is all it takes to write your own will. However, you need to do your homework well. Find out properly about all the laws of the state and follow these points and you will have a legal will ready in no time.

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