How Do You Write a Simple Will Without a Lawyer?

A will is a document that specifies your wishes for what should happen to your apartments, furniture, investments, cars, pets, and other property after you die. It also clears up any confusion about who should take care of your children or other family members if you cannot do so.

A lawyer does not have to be present to create a will hence you can make a will online. However, the process is much easier with advice from an expert.

Step 1: Know What To Write


A basic will typically names a guardian for your children, gives an amount of money to your spouse, and provides instructions to hire a lawyer-executor to follow the wishes you have stated in the will. It is also essential to note that this will take effect after your death.

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Step 2: Do Not Give Everything To The Same Person Or Family


It is a common misconception that if you leave everything to one person after your death, they will have to deal with the burden of all your possessions. Many heirs feel compelled to give away the goods or sell them because they do not want all of your things. The same thing can happen if you leave everything to just one family member. Be sure to get advice from an expert before including this in your will.

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Step 3: Include Specific Instructions

Your will should be specific about how you want property distributed and for whom you want to be guardian for your children. Do not make general statements such as “to my wife, whatever she wants.” It would help if you were specific and detailed.

Step 4: Choose An Attorney-Executor


The person named in the will to take care of your property is called an attorney-executor. Once the attorney has been selected, they will ensure your property is appropriately distributed according to the will. This should include contacting a lawyer you have already chosen for your other property:

stocks and bonds, real estate, and bank accounts.

The attorney-executor should also contact any funeral or burial establishments, such as a cemetery or cemetery company.

Step 5: Make Sure The Will Is Legal


Any will created without legal advice, also known as a will written on a whim, will be considered invalid. However, a simple will is not always invalid. A simple will may not be legal if it is too poorly written.

Furthermore, only certain circumstances can invalidate the document or make it ineffective. If the defendant or the executor has been named in the will, a court must decide whether and how to distribute property.

Moreover, some people who have been named as heirs but have not lived for more than five years can wait up to 10 years before a court considers their claim. You should ensure that your will meets all legal requirements and is not too simple to be regarded as a valid will.

Step 6: Include Your Will With Your Last Will And Testament


Once you have completed your will, it is crucial to keep a copy of the will with your last will. If both documents are at home, you should take them with you when you die. You can also include a copy of your will in a safe deposit box. That way, even if someone manages to find the original document and learn what is written in it, they do not know exactly how much property was given to whom.

Step 7: Consider Making Additional Changes



Sometimes people forget to mention certain items or make certain conditions not clearly stated in the initial plan. In this case, you will want to make sure to correct any mistakes.

Step 8: Review And Finalize


Before you sign your will, it is good to read it several times and ensure there are no contradictions. If you feel that something should change, do not hesitate to mention it in the document. It would be best to have a final review with a lawyer as soon as possible.

The lawyer will make sure that your wish is carried out correctly and that no mistakes are made along the way. Suppose errors are made during the execution of the will. In that case, the attorney-executor has a legal obligation to rectify them unless they were made at least 30 days after creating the will.


Step 9: Make Sure To Include The Right Information in Your last will.


In addition to the information in your will, it is essential to include the correct date on your last will. It may also be a good idea to indicate whether you want your estate administered or probated.

Probate is the act of an estate not being distributed as planned because of insufficient funds to pay debts, taxes, and other expenses. In that case, a court order is required to distribute property. According to state laws and regulations, an administrator would be appointed by judicial fiat to distribute all assets properly.

On the other hand, if there is enough money in the estate to pay all debts and taxes, you can choose not to go through probate. It is called non-probate. However, any property you want to distribute or validate must be mentioned in your will. A notary public must also notarize your will.


Step 10: Get a Witness


It is standard practice to have it witnessed by two people present when signing the document. If someone else ends up handling your affairs after death, they will need a copy of your last will as well as signatures from both witnesses.


Step 11: File The Document


The only person who can do anything with your will is the executor or the attorney-executor. The executor has to create a copy of the original and fill it with all relevant documents. This will then be legal and binding.

Step 12: Protect Your Will

To be most effective, your will must be kept secret. Do not tell anyone about it, including family members and friends. A copy should be controlled with a safe deposit box or a safety deposit box. To avoid any legal problems, your will should also be entirely inaccessible for all but the executor or attorney-executor; having only copies made is not good enough. The document must not leave the residence during your lifetime.

In conclusion, a will is a critical document. It must be appropriately completed and distributed by someone you trust in your family. If they cannot do this, they should have access to the original document in a safe deposit box or at home. It is also helpful to keep copies of your last will with more than one lawyer and online so that they can be found easily after your death.


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