Leaving Instructions in Your Will for Paying Debts
When you die, your estate may be liable for a variety of debts, expenses, and taxes. How do you want them paid?
Conditional Gifts in Wills and Trusts
It's usually okay to put strings on bequests you leave in your will.
Moving to a New State? Take a Look at Your Estate Plan
If you move to another state, do you need to throw out your estate planning documents?
When to Make a New Will
Make sure your will reflects your current wishes and situation.
Why Not Make a Codicil to Amend Your Will?
A codicil is a document that’s added to an existing will, to change or add to it. And it's obsolete.
Revoking a Will
The best way to revoke (or get rid of) an existing will is to create a new will to replace it. Merely destroying the original will may not be enough. Here's why.
Making a Will in Your State
Select your state to learn about your state's laws.
Property You Should Not Include in Your Will
In almost all cases, your will does not affect property that you have arranged to leave by another method. To avoid confusion, you shouldn't include such property in your will.
Here is an example of a Nolo will, including explanations of many will clauses.
Types of Will Templates
Searching online, you can find a variety of will templates that allow you to make your own will, without a lawyer. They each require varying amount of work and they range in price and quality.
Statutory Will Forms
Statutory wills are wills created by a state legislature and written into state law.
A self-proving affidavit is a sworn statement attached to a will, signed by the will maker and his or her witnesses, that attests to the validity of the will.
If you simply write down your wishes for who you want to inherit your property, have you created a legally binding will? It depends on where you live.
Can You Make a Video Will?
Writing a formal will, even if you don’t hire a lawyer to do it for you, may seem like a lot of trouble and expense.
If you’ve looked into creating a revocable living trust to avoid probate, you may have heard of a “pour-over will.”