Advice on the writing of your Last Will and Testament

Since 2001 USLegalWills.com has offered a service that allows you to prepare your own Last Will and Testament. No lawyer is required, you simply step through the service, print the document and sign it in the presence of two witnesses. For three years we have covered the issues associated with writing a Will in our blog at legalwills.wordpress.com. We have now decided to move this blog and embed it as part of our newly designed website. There are well over 100 articles on our old blog, and we hope that over time we will surpass this on our new blog.

Welcome to our new blog.

Most recently, we have written the definitive guide to preparing your Will.

We have also offered some advice on blended family situations.

A survey on the number of Americans without a Will.

Five reasons not to procrastinate on making a Will.

Joint Wills and Mutual Wills explained.

And Digital assets.

If you have any questions on writing your Will, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We will be very happy to help you.

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15 thoughts on “Advice on the writing of your Last Will and Testament

  1. Heidi Bookenstock Heidi Bookenstock says:

    My mothers health has been in decline for quite a while and we know she’ll pass away soon. We’ve been putting off writing her will and testament because the process seemed so complicated. I had no idea it could be as simple as signing a document with two witnesses.

  2. It’s great to learn more about writing wills. Your blog here is great for us, because my wife and I are trying to write ours out now. Our kids are great, but they’re sure to fight if we don’t plan everything out perfectly. We’ll be sure to read the guide for preparing it.

  3. Carlos Grady Carlos Grady says:

    Wow! This is great. Who would have ever thought of writing their last will and testament right now? Thanks for the reminder. It’s good to know that we can write our last will and testament in any way that we want.

  4. Marie Watson Marie Watson says:

    Thanks for sharing some tips for writing a will. It is interesting that you mention how you don’t need a lawyer present. I think I would want an attorney to look over mine just to make sure it coincides with all of the proper regulations of my state.

    • legalwills legalwills says:

      Thanks for the comment Marie. We hear this a lot, but the concern is now a little out of date. Years ago, blank form Will kits weren’t written to be State specific. But interactive, online services like the one at USLegalWills.com are very State specific. When you use the service, the first question you answer is your State of residence, and this takes you through the service to create documents that comply with your State laws.

  5. Wade Joel Wade Joel says:

    Last will and treatments are really helpful. They allow you to decide where your assets will go. I didn’t know that it was a good idea to have two witnesses see you sign the will.

  6. Luke Smith Luke Smith says:

    I know when the time comes to write my last will and testament, that I have a trustworthy lawyer that knows what to do. I don’t think I would feel comfortable if a lawyer did not go over it. Their knowledge of the law could help me when I write it.

  7. Jason Strong Jason Strong says:

    My dad was talking about writing out his will the other day but wasn’t sure how to go about doing it. He is still young and has a ways to go, but you never know what can happen and he figured its better to do it now than later. This article has some great points that can help him find a service to walk him through the whole process.

  8. Michael Williams Michael Williams says:

    Wow, I didn’t know that it wasn’t too long ago that they allowed you to create your own will and testament. I’ve always thought that it has always been around. It’s kind of nice to know a bit of the background. I would like to create my own will and testament! Who do I go see about getting it done?

    • legalwills legalwills says:

      Hi Michael, thanks for the comment. But, you have always been legally entitled to prepare your own Will. Somewhere in time, there became an expectation that you must use a lawyer, but in reality, most people don’t need a lawyer to write their Will. Particular in the information age where we can put intelligent software in the hands of the layperson, which allows them to create a document every bit as detailed as one prepared by a lawyer. You don’t even need to see anybody. Just use the service at USLegalWills.com to step through the questions and you can have your Will in your hands in 20 minutes.

  9. Raylin Sutter Raylin Sutter says:

    I’m just about to graduate college and I’m thinking about a lot of things right now. For example, I have no idea when I should start looking into life insurance or getting a living will. When would you say is the appropriate age to do the will? I don’t think my parents did one until they turned fifty. However, I have heard of younger people doing it as well.

    • legalwills legalwills says:

      Hi Raylin, thanks for the comment. As we replied to a previous question; We really take the position that once you have become an adult, there is never a good age to not have a Will. The problem is, with traditional approaches to preparing your Will, people tend to hold off thinking that they only want to do it once in their lifetime (because of the expense). But now, with online services like ours it is affordable, and convenient to make updates. We recommend that everybody prepare their estate planning documents as soon as they become an adult, and then review them throughout their life when their circumstances change. Nobody should ever be without a Will.

  10. Eliza Cranston Eliza Cranston says:

    Thank you for all of the tips for wills and testaments on your new and old blog! I’m pretty young but I have some assets that I would like to know are taken care of if anything happens to me. I was wondering if you have any posts or thoughts about at what age it’s appropriate to create a will?

    • legalwills legalwills says:

      Hi Eliza,

      Thanks for the question. We really take the position that once you have become an adult, there is never a good age to not have a Will. The problem is, with traditional approaches to preparing your Will, people tend to hold off thinking that they only want to do it once in their lifetime (because of the expense). But now, with online services like ours it is affordable, and convenient to make updates. We recommend that everybody prepare their estate planning documents as soon as they become an adult, and then review them throughout their life when their circumstances change. Nobody should ever be without a Will.

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