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Write Your Own Will

Have you taken the time to write your own will? Those who don't think about sitting down to write your own will often haven't considered the consequences to the fate of their property, as well as the headaches created for their relatives and loved ones. Having to write your own will isn't a topic most people like to think about. However, taking the time to write your own will can prevent your estate from going to unintended heirs and extra burdens being caused for your surviving family. US Legal Forms offers professionally drafted will forms for each state that allow you to easily write your own will inexpensively, without the need for paying expensive legal fees.


You can let your final wishes be known and minimize the potential for disputes when you write your own will. By being able to rely on the instructions you create when you write your own will, your can save your relatives and loved ones unnecessary delay, expense, and heartache. The following is provided as a helpful guide to motivate you if you haven't taken the time to write your own will yet:

Simple steps for completing that postponed promise to write your own will:

  • 1. Typically, when you write your own will you will start out with your name, residence, and also name any spouse or children.

  • 2. When you write your own will, you minimize the chances that your property and belongings will go to undesired heirs. This is done when you write your own will by identifying your homestead if you own a home, and listing your assets, along with the heirs you wish to receive the property. A person may also named to receive any remaining property not identified as part of your estate when you write your own will, referred to as your residuary estate.

  • 3. You will choose and name a trusted person to be your executor who manages the settling of your estate. It's okay for the executor you name to also be named as a beneficiary when you write your own will.

  • 4. If you have children, you can appoint a guardian and/or trustee when you write your own will by listing the person's name and address. In the forms US Legal Forms offers to write your own will, you can simply identify the person appointed and the duration of any trust distributions (ex., until a child reaches 18), and all of the wordy important terms are already provided for you. Our forms can also be modified in Word however you wish when you write your own will.

  • 5. Other optional terms can be included when you write your own will, such as for how you wish your final remains to be handled and any instructions for final services.

  • 6. Lastly, when you write your own will you'll need to sign it in front of two witnesses and a notary. Depending on your state, a self-proving affidavit may also be included, to be completed at signing.

When you write your own will, you let your final wishes be known and minimize the potential for disputes. By being able to rely on the instructions you create when you write your own will, your can save your relatives and loved ones unnecessary delay, expense, and hardships. If you haven't taken the time to write your own will yet, hopefully you can now see how simple it is and won't delay any further.


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Information and term glossary

For your convenience we have included some general will information and a glossary on common will terminology.