is operated by PartingWishes Inc., an independent organization which works
with lawyers in the United States to provide legal document
creation services to the public, but is not itself tied to a particular law firm.
Formed in 2000, the company has a dedicated team devoted
to ensuring high customer service, as well as an extensive list
of partners and private investors.
Our mandate is to allow people to create
common legal documents in a very easy, convenient, private, secure and
cost-effective manner, without the need to pay the high expenses of a
lawyer. We go far beyond any do-it-yourself kit or online repository of
legal forms and documents. If you wish, all of your legal documents can be
stored and maintained by you online, in a completely private and secure
manner. This will ensure that you can keep it updated to reflect any changes
in your financial or family situation.
web site allows members to document their Last
Will and Testament, Living Will and Power of Attorney.
Furthermore, at no extra cost, members can specify their funeral wishes,
upload important files and documents,
and even create messages to
be sent after they have
uses a unique Member-Keyholder® relationship, which
ensures that the information created by our members is completely secure,
yet available to their designated personal Keyholders® only at the
As a licensed attorney I conducted a detailed review of the service at USLegalWills.com.
This service is definitely worth the price and offers so much more than I expected.
The service covers so much while still remaining straight-forward and easy to use!
The simplicity with which this site collects your information may lead you to believe
that the final document might not be up to par. This was not my experience.
The incorporation of your information into a legal document with the correct protections
and specifications for those benefiting from your estate or involved in the carrying out
of your will was precise and very much met the standards of a legally enforceable document.
Chief Executive Officer
Tim Hewson co-founded PartingWishes Inc. in 2000.
Since graduating from Loughborough University of Technology in the UK
with an Honors degree in Human Factors he has accumulated over 15 years
experience as a telecommunications consultant and Business Manager for
small companies in the UK and in Canada. He also has extensive
experience in e-commerce business management for large corporations in
Canada and the United States, and has worked as a Product Manager for
market leading Call Center and Unified Messaging products.
Tim has over
years of experience helping people to write their Will and other estate planning documents.
He has been interviewed by many of the major news media outlets, and has contributed to articles in The New York Times,
NY Metro Parents, U.S. News & World Report, and other leading publications.
He has also contributed to a number of financial planning books.
Throughout his career, Tim has written extensively on the subject of Will writing and estate planning.
President and Chief Technology Officer
Henry Raud has over 20 years experience in the PC, telecommunications
and software development industry.
Since graduating with an Honors
Computer Science degree from the University of Toronto, he has
held several technology and executive management positions in a
multinational corporation. During that time, he has been
responsible for the successful delivery of many complex software
Henry joined forces with Tim Hewson in 2000 to
form PartingWishes Inc.
As President and CTO, he has full accountability and responsibility
for all web site and software development activities, as well as managing
the financials of the corporation.
Bradley M. Sniderman - Attorney at Law, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
Cindy Harm, BA, MBA - Senior Business Advisor, New York, NY, U.S.A.
John Lumsden, CISSP - Principal Engineer, Tangible Consulting
Gordon Allison, BSc - Human Factors Consultant
June 7, 2016
A revealing survey by USLegalWills.com suggests that previous surveys may have under-reported the number of Americans
without a Will by not including those who have a Will that is out-of-date.
February 19, 2009
Most Americans do not have a legal Will, but of those that do, most are not kept current.
The process of amending one's Will with a lawyer is inconvenient and expensive, but a new online
service by USLegalWills.com allows people to maintain their legal Will conveniently and cost effectively.
October 18, 2002
USLegalWills.com has launched the latest in a portfolio of services that allow their members to communicate
their parting wishes to friends and loved ones after they have passed away.
October 15, 2002
USLegalWills.com announces the latest in a portfolio of services that allow their members to communicate their parting wishes
to friends and loved ones after they have passed away. The "MyMessages" service allows members to prepare multimedia messages
to friends and loves ones. These messages remain completely private and only get delivered to their recipients after the member has passed away.
October 1, 2002
USLegalWills.com announces a revolutionary new service, enabling consumers to create and update their Wills over the Internet.
Now, from the comfort and privacy of their own home, all that a consumer needs is an Internet connection and about
30 minutes to create a custom Will that is legal in their local jurisdiction.
November 3, 2000
USLegalWills.com has launched a unique portfolio of services that allow consumers to communicate their final wishes
to loved ones after they have passed away. The interactive web site includes services for describing funeral wishes,
drafting a legal Will and preparing multimedia messages.
January 1, 2020
Top Consumer Reviews
U.S. Legal Wills is designed to offer all the legal documentation one might be in need of before the end of life.
They have been in business for over 19 years and are run by Parting Wishes, Inc. which is the parent company of Parting Wishes.
The products they offer consist of a Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, Living Will, Expatriate Will, and Life Locker.
November 6, 2019
by Rachel Hartman, U.S. News & World Report
To manage assets outside of the U.S. or set up specific instructions for loved ones, you can create a will through US Legal Wills.
The online will-making tool asks questions about your estate to help you line up information your executor can use to properly distribute assets.
You can also tap into additional features, such as a mirror capability that lets you share data between spousal accounts.
October 30, 2019
If you want to leave an inheritance to minors, you can set up a trust and name a trustee to manage it. "You can then decide
in your will the age that you think is most appropriate for the minor to receive their inheritance," says Tim Hewson,
founder and CEO of USLegalWills.com in New York.
October 22, 2019
by Josh Patoka, Well Kept Wallet
Most online will makers only provide service if you live in the 50 U.S. states. US Legal Wills
offers wills for expatriates who live outside the United States. You can also get a will if you have assets in Canada or the United Kingdom.
October 15, 2019
by Carol Roth, Fox Business
Despite knowing this, too many people put off gathering key documents together. Tim Hewson, president of USLegalWills.com,
believes that "waiting for a 'more appropriate time' to put together your will is a mistake. Everybody should have a will. It should be written when you are
young and updated throughout your life as your circumstances change."
June 29, 2019
by Sam Mire, Disruptor Daily
Tim Hewson, co-founder and CEO of USLegalWills.com: "I think estate planning
has seen a dramatic change over the last decade or so. Dozens of websites offer online estate planning services that have
become more and more sophisticated. Between them, millions of wills and other estate planning documents have been created,
but not one of these websites is offered by a law firm."
March 4, 2019
by Dan Rafter, Quicken Loans, Money Matters
Tim Hewson, chief executive officer of USLegalWills.com, an online service based
in New York City that helps people write their wills, said that confusion often reigns when people die without a will.
As Hewson said, if you die without a will, people will inevitably try to claim parts of your estate. Resentment might result when
someone finally steps up to take responsibility. The person who wants to handle the disbursement of your estate will have to apply
through a court process to be officially appointed as the estate administrator. While this happens, your assets will be frozen.
January 9, 2019
If you use an online service, you'll have access to software that guides you through the process. "You don't receive any legal
advice with this option," says Tim Hewson, president of USLegalWills.com.
Many of the online options allow you to make updates over time if your circumstances change.
Asking for professional help to create a will gives you the opportunity to have an expert help you think through details.
"This is likely to give you a well-drafted will, but it is the most expensive and least convenient approach," Hewson says.
December 27, 2018
by Anja Webb, NY Metro Parents
USLegalWills.com allows you to make your will at home by simply filling in a
form and answering questions. With a fee of approximately $40, it's a more affordable option for young professionals or
those with young children.
December 15, 2018
by Jorgen Vik, The Daily Progress
According to U.S. Legal Wills, approximately eight out of nine with a will have not
included a charitable beneficiary among their heirs (https://www.uslegalwills.com/blog/planned-giving/).
July 14, 2017
by Rob Wile, Mic.com
If you don't want to write a basic will yourself, you can use online templates from places like Quicken, LegalZoom,
and USLegalWills, all of which cost less than $100.
June 30, 2016
by Kate Ashford, Forbes, Personal Finance
It's not just young people without a lot of assets. Among seniors age 65 and older, only half have up-to-date wills in place, the survey found.
"We really wanted to explore this group after hearing from people who had a will, but had it written before they got married or had children,"
said Tim Hewson, CEO of USLegalWills.com, in the press release.
"In essence, although they technically had a will, it was worthless."
May 19, 2016
by Beth Pinsker, Reuters
USLegalWills.com posted a 61 percent surge in the number of people completing a will
in the three weeks after Prince's death. Prince's relatives, meanwhile, face the expensive and time-consuming process of a state-ordered probate.
November 11, 2015
by Constance Gustke, The New York Times
And some assets like digital currencies, video game characters and Internet domain names exist only in cyberspace.
"So they can be overlooked, since they aren't as tangible," said Tim Hewson, president of USLegalWills.com,
adding that such assets "can be worth tens of thousands of dollars."
February 22, 2013
by Arthur Comings, Nerdwallet, Estate Planning
At USLegalWills.com you can step through a series of questions to create a custom,
inexpensive, legal will that you can update at any time at no extra charge. The interactive software will catch errors that
you might make with a paper form.
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