Do it yourself wills - last living will and testament
There are many resources available that can help you find a do it yourself will or last living will and testament.
If you have significant assets or complicated distribution issues, it is advisable that you consult a trust and estate lawyer to prepare your will. Otherwise, if you have minimal assets and straightforward distribution wishes, such as leaving your estate to your spouse, then a do it yourself will might be a cost effective way to protect your assets and to ensure that your wishes are carried at the time of death. Howard Hughes died without a will and it took 15 years for his estate to go through probate. A do it yourself last will and testament can assist people with smaller estates than that of Howard Hughes to direct how their assets should be distributed.
If you don't have a will it is very difficult to predict what will happen to your assets after you die. In addition, if you have minor children and die without a will, the court may be forced to decide what to do with your children. A do it yourself last will and testament can give you the comfort that your instructions about how to distribute your assets, to your spouse, children or a relative, will be followed after you die.
Many web sites that provide a do it yourself will also provide instructions about how to fill out the will form with your personal information. At the start, it is important to select a form that is specific to your state of residency. Estate laws vary from state to state. For example, some states require two witnesses to your signing of the will. Other states require three witnesses. There are also key phrases that must be included in any will such as your statement in the will that it is your last will and testament. Instructions to a do it your self will should carefully spell out for you what are the essential requirement for a will under the laws of your state.
There are a number of do it yourself last will and testament web sites that take you through an interview process to get your pertinent information that will be included in your will. Rather than you physically entering your estate data, the interview software will compile the necessary data then automatically enter the data into the will document. The better web sites that provide do it yourself last will and testament documents have an actual estate lawyer or legal document assistant review the finished will for accuracy and completeness.