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Get a Will for Free

Posted by Renee Metzler on January 31, 2015 at 5:35 PM


As part of the Seven Steps to Financial Freedom, I'm in the process of re-writing my will.  The first time I went to a local attorney.  It didn't take very long, nor did it cost much in our small town.  I've done a little research, and this time around, I'm going to Get a Will for Free.  


Writing a will is very important, no matter what your financial status is. Simply put, when you pass, you want your loved ones to receive your remaining assets (debt is not passed onto your family) and your minor children to be taken care of by close friends or relatives that you trust.  Take a deep breath. This is actually pretty simple.  However according to USA.gov, in order to write a will there are a few rules to follow: 

  1. In most states, you must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. A will must be written in sound judgment and mental capacity to be valid.
  3. The document must clearly state that it is your will.
  4. An executor of your will, who ensures your estate is distributed according to your wishes, must be named.
  5. Sign the will in the presence of two witnesses and have it notarize*.

 Now, I'm not going to write a will from scratch.  I'm not that brave, but I did find two resources to help me get a will for free.  I've decided to use Legacy Writer to help me write my will, then get it notarized for safeguarding.

*Notarization is not required, but it can safeguard against any claims that your will is invalid.


RESOURCES: 

  • Legacy Writer.helps you create  your will for free.  According to their website, you can complete your will in three steps:  1. Complete the online interview form.  2. Print your will or receive by mail.  3.  Follow the instructions to sign your will in your state.  
  • Rocket Lawyer can help you create your will for free, if you sign up for $39.95/month and then cancel within the first month.
  • USA.gov give free advice on how to write a will.

 

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