If you’re like most people, you aren’t eager to spend time thinking about what would happen if you became unable to direct your own medical care because of illness, an accident, or advanced age. However, if you don’t do at least a little bit of planning — writing down your wishes about the kinds of […]
Will on a Budget
If you have been putting off making a Will because you can’t afford to hire an Attorney, you should know there are DIY options available, if your situation is not too complex.
Many people who require a basic will can create one online or simply use store-bought legal forms. Each of these methods of creating a will is far less expensive than hiring an attorney to do it for you.
Several online companies — including Rocketlawyer.com Nolo.com, BuildaWill.com and Legalzoom.com — allow you to create a will yourself.
When you create a will online, you are walked step-by-step through a series of questions to help you create the will. You then print out the will, and get it signed by at least two witnesses and notarized. Most online software programs for wills also let you go back into the will and make changes or additions to the document if you need to.
The cost of making an online will usually ranges from about $20 to $100. For as little as $5 to $20, you can also buy a standard will and testament on ready-made forms sold in stores such as OfficeMax, Office Depot or Staples.
This is relatively inexpensive, compared to an attorney that may charge anywhere from $100 to $2,000 to create a will, depending on which part of country in which you live and the complexity of your personal situation.
So don’t let money be an obstacle to creating your will. There are easy, convenient, low-cost alternatives to get it done.
There are some situations, however, when you may want to hire an Attorney. It is best to get an attorney involved if:
- You have a large estate and want some estate planning guidance.
- You want to disinherit a spouse.
- You are concerned that someone may contest your will.
I used an online software program to create my will, and I know others who have done the same. It is a relatively easy, straightforward process. So if your situation is pretty straight-forward, you can do the same. Regardless of what avenue you take..just get it done! Your Family will thank you!
Got the Book?
You have your choice of two options. Yup I’m Dead…Now What? or Yup I’m Dead…Now What? The Deluxe Edition.
What’s the difference? The Deluxe Edition contains the 30 Day Challenge along with additional forms, resources, shortcuts and tips. The regular version refers to the website to download these items.
- Amazon is a tad quicker and convenient (if you have prime). I pretty much order everything from Amazon, so why would I not order my books, as well.
- Barnes & Noble is just B&N (some prefer)
- LuLu Marketplace takes a little longer, but is a few pennies cheaper and offers a convenient coil binding.
Whichever option you choose, you just need to choose one!
This is one of the most important things you can do for your Loved Ones.