If you are a procrastinator, you are probably one of the 40 percent of Americans over the age of 45 that don’t have a will. You learned HERE that e-wills are gaining in popularity, but most states still don’t recognize them. Some states allow handwritten wills, but if you don’t meet the specific requirements on the piece of notebook paper where you jotted your wishes, the will could be invalid!
Wills take time and thought and are easy to put off since you aren’t planning for your demise any time soon. Some websites offer a standardized will that you can fill out, download, and print, but they don’t necessarily conform to specific state laws where you live.
Consumer Reports tested three websites that tailor your will to the laws in your state. Legal Zoom, Nolo, and Rocket Lawyer all offer reasonable pricing, and for an additional fee you can receive some legal assistance.
Hiring an attorney to execute a will for you is still the option you hear recommended the most. However, if your estate is simple and you want to leave everything to one person, it is easy to do it yourself.
Read HERE for a thorough look at the importance of creating a will, the types of wills, and the advantages of using a lawyer.