Rather than hiring an attorney and paying a high fee for a few hours of work, it’s now possible to generate a legal, comprehensive will or trust in just a few clicks from the comfort of your own home at a reasonable price.
A will or trust is a legal document that explains your wishes in the unfortunate event that you pass away.
Choosing the right type of document determines whether or not your family will have to go through probate court to settle your estate, among other important information.
In addition, you can create your own “health care directive,” also known as a living will and a power of attorney. These documents ensure your medical wishes are met in case of an emergency.
You may want to include a statement on final arrangements, such any wishes for your resting place, memorials, and so on.
Here’s are three online will makers to get your plan on the way.
Nolo Quicken WillMaker & Trust
For a one-time fee, you get a customized estate plan, including a will, living trust, health care directive, financial power of attorney, and other essential documents.
An easy-to-use interview format that lets you complete documents at your own pace and you have the ability to continuously update your will.
A user-friendly legal manual answers common questions.
Trust & Will
Trust & Will is an online service that prepares trust, will, and guardianship documents at reasonable rates. Trust & Will’s walks you through everything you need to do one question at a time.
Once you complete your will or trust documents, they will be reviewed by company experts.
Trust & Will offers you your documents in two ways: you can ship them to your house for free or immediately download them and print at home. Ultimately, this platform is worth the cost for the ease of use.
Rocket Lawyer provides free templates of wills that can be customized to your situation. The site will guide you through the process, helping you decide what exactly to include in your will.
It also provides information on other legal documents related to estate planning.
Alternatively, with a premium membership, you can create as many legal documents as you want, including an online will, and get a free 30-minute consultation for each new legal matter, among other benefits.
Although Rocket Lawyer’s optional premium membership costs $39.99 a month, you get the first seven days free and can cancel at any time.
There are several other online tools to help you with this process. However, remember you get what you pay for. One recommendation is to talk with a certified financial planner (CFP) to make sure you have all of your ducks in a row.
Many CFPs are quite experienced in handling not only investments but also estate planning.