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 Post subject: Last Will & Testament - Need A Simple One
PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:18 pm 

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Hey:

First off - I only ask this question because I like to be prepared, not because I'm morbid/think I'm going to die!

With that out of the way, I need to have a pretty simple will drawn up - one that divides up my meager assets, ensures my estate doesn't somehow get dragged through probate and defines my final wishes - I'm talking bare statutory requirements here. I live out in California.

What is the best way to have one written up/reviewed without shelling out like $500+ for a hot-shot lawyer? I've heard bad reviews about Legalzoom.com. I got a copy of WillMaker 2009 when I bought Taxcut 2009 - does anyone have any experience with that?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:02 am 

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I'd consult a lawyer.

States have different rules about the validity of self-written wills.

If it really is going to be a simple will, it shouldn't cost you that much.


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I would also suggest contacting a lawyer, you could get it done for about $200 or so, if it is not too complicated

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:12 pm 

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I have no experience with California. I used Quicken WillMaker to draw up simple documents last year. (I'm young and single with no dependents and with uncomplicated assets.) It was simple to use, but I'm still alive so no telling how the will would hold up.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:57 pm 

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No experience with them, but you can try: http://www.legalzoom.com/legal-wills/wills-overview.html


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:38 pm 

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xtina wrote:
I'd consult a lawyer.

States have different rules about the validity of self-written wills.

If it really is going to be a simple will, it shouldn't cost you that much.


Xtina is absolutely right. Every state has its own rules of validly executing a will. You need to consult an attorney to make sure that your will will be upheld in court after your death.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:00 pm 

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Good points by all. Guess I will talk to a lawyer near me - see if I can get a good deal on a basic will. Probably not a good thing to skimp on, considering it can get stuck in probate for months and cost your heirs serious $$$.

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