Will kit - free legal will kit

You can use a will kit, or in some instances, a free legal package of will documents to prepare an enforceable last will and testament.

It is not necessary to have any formal legal training to prepare a last will and testament. A will kit, including a free kit will, should provide the forms and instructions needed to prepare a legal will.

In evaluating a will kit, it should be easy to use, authoritative and capable of producing a legal will under the laws of your state of residency. Normally, a will kit is used once for the preparation of a last will and testament. But often people undergo a change of circumstances, such as a divorce, new child or change of residency, requiring a modification of their will. The will kit should allow for, and be flexible enough, to deal with such changes.

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A free kit will should contain the same features as an affordable will kit so as to allow for the preparation of a valid last will and testament. There may be a reduction in the number of add-on's, such as an interview format or a detailed description of the probate process, but a free kit will should have a minimal set of forms and instructions to create an enforceable will under the laws of the state of your residency. Otherwise, a strict construction of such state laws by a probate court, as applied to the will created by the free kit will, may invalidate the resulting will and place your estate under the laws of intestacy.

If you die without a will you are deemed to be intestate (without a will) by the probate court. If your will is invalidated because it was not properly signed or witnessed (for example), you are also deemed to have died intestate. After your death there is no way to correct errors committed in the preparation of your will. In most cases a married person's assets are distributed under intestacy laws to his/her spouse and children. If the children are under 18 years of age, then their share(s) are held in trust until they reach the age of 18. If the probate court appoints a trustee for the underage children, the trustee usually has the discretion to make periodic distributions to the underage children for "maintenance, health and education" needs. Some property is exempt from intestacy laws such as life insurance proceeds or annuities with designated beneficiaries

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