Recommend a software package for drafting a will?

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  1. Cameron Yee

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    I've been thinking of getting a will written up for a while now and since I just turned 31 I'm feeling I need to put my affairs in order [​IMG]

    Can anyone recommend one of those software packages or is going to a lawyer better? Any pointers?
     
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    I've been looking at the same thing, since I need to draw up a will, a living will, and power of attorney documents before I leave the country....the only software package I found was Kiplinger's WILLPower.

    I really don't have many assets, so I'm not too worried about distant relatives coming out of the woodwork if I died. But I do want to have something in place.
     
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    There is a website called uslegalforms.org or .com. I have heard the financial radio guy Dave Ramsey mention it for purposes of downloading and drafting legal documents.
     
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    Quicken Willmaker is a good one...
     
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    Yep, I'll second Willmaker. Accepted almost everywhere, straight and to the point.
     
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    Depending upon your assets, you may wish to consult with a financial planner so that in the event of your death that those assets be transferred to your heirs with neglible or no tax burdens. Of course you could simply leave it all to me and I promise that once a year I'll tell everyone what a hell of a nice guy you were.
     
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    Why tell people what they already know and will remember? [​IMG]
     
  8. Dennis Nicholls

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    Nolo Press generally is helpful and produces well-written books. See their will book http://www.nolo.com/lawstore/product...5807081D655236 I haven't read it but tend to trust them. It comes with software, but please understand that there are no necessary "forms" for a will. In fact a "holographic" will (written in your own handwriting) may have certain advantages over a printed will.

    Since you are young I expect you don't expect to die anytime soon, so a simple will may suit you rather than any extensive estate plan.

    You may even wish to look at the law in your jurisdiction to see what happens when you die intestate (without a will). This may be good enough for you. In which state do you reside? It is important for wills.
     
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    You should get a living trust: it completely eliminates probate and protects the assets, and it's not that expensive to do at all.
     
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    Get a lawyer. I'm serious. It won't cost that much (contrary to popular belief not all lawyers have fins on their backs) and you'll be sure everything is watertight then. It's bread and butter work for them and they'll take you through all the pitfalls that you might be unaware of. Even if you think you're not worth much financially now, suppose you died after you'd received a large legacy? What about taxes on your estate? Etc, etc.

    I'm close friends with a couple of lawyers and they will happily relate stories of do-it-yourself wills that have gone horribly wrong. They won't even do their own wills - they always get a specialist lawyer to handle their affairs.
     
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    My cousin and her friends would be several of those without. But then they have yet to be "official" so who knows what happens once one passes the bar? [​IMG]
     
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    Well I do have a fin on my back but it isn't too big.....:b
     
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    I strongly suspect they won't be growing any fins any time after their bar exams. Personal experience tells me that people become interested in law for one of two reasons: they either want to stop a scam, or they want to perpetrate a scam. By far (and luckily), the majority are in the former category. But the few in the latter category usually demonstrate early on that they acquired their fins at birth.

    If anybody knows of an equivalent will facilitating program for Linux, I'd be grateful for a tip.
     
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    Actually there are more reasons for being interested in law. I got into it for two reasons. The first is to learn how politics really works. I plan to write political tracts and stir things up when I retire. The second is that I needed a job as my defense engineering job vanished forever with the collapse of the USSR in 1991. I went to law school at the age of 40 and became a patent attorney. Why write wills when you can bill corporations $300/hour to write patent applications.....:b

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    Yep, it's the 99% of lawyers who give the others a bad name.

    Sorry, I couldn't resist that.
     

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