How to make a will without a lawyer

You can make a will without a lawyer by following these steps:

  1. Write a holographic will: A handwritten will that is signed and dated by the testator (the person making the will) is called a holographic will. It is recognized in some states in the US, but not all.
  2. Purchase a DIY will kit: You can buy a do-it-yourself will kit from an office supply store or online. These kits usually come with instructions and templates to help you create your own will.
  3. Use an online will platform or template: There are many online platforms that offer templates and guides to help you create your own will. Some of these platforms also offer legal advice and support.
  4. Make a list of your assets and beneficiaries: List all your assets, including bank accounts, real estate, investments, and personal property. Also, list the beneficiaries who will inherit these assets after your death.
  5. Choose a guardian for your minor children and a pet caregiver: If you have minor children or pets, you should choose someone to take care of them after your death.
  6. Choose an executor and a residuary beneficiary: An executor is the person who will manage your estate after your death. A residuary beneficiary is the person who will inherit any assets that are not specifically mentioned in your will.
  7. List your funeral preferences: You can also include instructions for your funeral or memorial service in your will.
  8. Include necessary language to make your will valid: Your will must meet certain legal requirements to be valid. For example, it must be signed by you and witnessed by two people who are not beneficiaries of your estate.

Please note that while it is possible to write a will without a lawyer, it may not be suitable for everyone. If you have complex assets or family situations, it may be best to consult with an attorney to ensure that your wishes are properly documented and executed.

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