Legal Will Kit: Wills Made Easy

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Create Your Will in Minutes

If you die without making a valid last will and testament, you will have died intestate. You will then have no control over who your property is distributed to or even who takes care of your children following your death. Both of these matters will be determined by state laws which are often decades old. There is also the added risk that your estate could be substantially depleted due to the high levels of legal and professional fees associated with dying intestate.

Making a last will and testament is the only way to ensure that you have control over these matters and that you can properly provide for the needs of your family.

This self-help kit provides you with step-by-step instructions, detailed information and all the legal forms necessary to make a will and to ensure that your property passes to your loved ones after your death.

  • Make cash and specific property gifts to your loved ones
  • Appoint guardians to care for your minor children
  • Appoint executors to wind up your estate
  • Create trusts for minor beneficiaries
  • Make funeral arrangements

3 thoughts on “Legal Will Kit: Wills Made Easy

  1. 1
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    State Specific Last Wills for Everyone, May 16, 2011
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    This review is from: Legal Will Kit: Wills Made Easy (Paperback)

    This legal will kit contains all the state specific information and last will forms I needed to make my own personalized last will. It came with downloadable last will & testament forms specific to my circumstances as well as a list of additional wills clauses I could include to personalize my will. All I needed to do to make a will was follow the easy step-by-step instructions in the kit and print my last will and testament….it couldn’t have been easier. It even came with state specific self-proving affidavits. I recommend this legal will kit to everyone!

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    Complete and unbiased information, June 22, 2012
    By 
    Ali Julia (boston, mass) –
    (TOP 10 REVIEWER)
      
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    This review is from: Legal Will Kit: Wills Made Easy (Paperback)

    “Wills made easy” lives up to its name. It is easy to read, it has rich content and is quite extensive. I am including a complete table of content at the end of this review so you can see exactly how extensive it is and what is covered.

    I think this kit is useful whether you plan to go to a lawyer or do it yourself. Even if you go to the lawyer this book is helpful because, for example, it will help you determine what type of will you need. A few years ago my company had a benefits fair where they invited some legal firm to talk to us, and I recall that company tried convince everyone that they needed to set up a trust. I had a suspicion that they were just trying to sell an expensive option to everyone not just to the people who really needed it. If I had this book it would have given me an unbiased explanation who needs a trust and who does not.

    This book includes not only explanations but worksheets and forms. It also has line by line instructions on how to fill out the official forms.

    Overall, I found this to be a very helpful book. Not only was it helpful with the forms, but it helped me organize my thoughts and served as a reminder of the things to think about.

    Ali Julia review

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    INTRODUCTION TO WILLS
    Introduction
    What Is a Will?
    Types of Wills
    Simple Wills
    Testamentary Trust Wills
    Pour-Over Wills
    Self-Proving Wills
    Holographic Wills
    Oral Wills (also called nuncupative wills)
    Joint Wills
    Mirror Wills
    Living Wills
    Why Make a Will?
    Intestacy & What Happens Without a Will?
    Share of Surviving Spouse
    Share of Descendents
    Share of Parents
    Share of Other Relatives
    Partial Intestacy
    Appointment of Guardians by the Court
    Appointment of Administrator by the Court
    Can I Make My Own Will?
    How to Make a Valid Will
    Age of Majority
    Mental Capacity and Undue Influence
    Wills Made in Other States

    GIFTS AND BENEFICIARIES
    Gifts to Spouses
    Community Property States
    Common Law States
    Disinheritance
    Disinheriting a Spouse
    Types of Gifts
    Specific Item Gifts
    Cash Gifts
    Gift of the Residuary Estate
    What Assets Can I Gift Under My Will?
    Joint Bank Accounts
    life Insurance Policies
    Pensions
    Jointly Owned Property
    Property in a Revocable Living Trust
    Types of Beneficiaries
    Specific Gift Beneficiary
    Alternate Beneficiary
    Residuary Beneficiary
    Who May Not Be a Beneficiary?
    Gifts to Charities
    Imposing Conditions on the Receipt of Gifts
    Releasing Someone from a Debt
    Failed Gifts
    Matters Affecting the Distribution of Your Assets
    Simultaneous Death
    Abatement of Assets
    Disclaimed Inheritances
    What if You Own Property Outside The United States?
    CHILDREN, GUARDIANS AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT.
    What Is a Guardian?
    Sole and Joint Guardians
    Alternate Guardians
    Who Can Be a Guardian?
    What to Consider When Choosing a Guardian for Your Children
    Management of Children’s Property
    Appointment of a Property Guardian
    Uniform Transfer to Minors’ Act
    Individual Child Trusts
    Children’s Pot Trusts
    Whom Should You Choose as a Trustee?
    EXECUTORS
    Executors
    Alternate Executors
    Overview of Executors’ Duties
    Who Should Be Your Executor?
    A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO TAX
    Introduction
    Estate Taxes
    Estate Tax Update
    Federal Estate and Gift Tax
    Everyone’s “Coupon”
    What Is the “Coupon” Amount?
    How to Determine the Estate Tax?
    State Taxes
    State Death Taxes
    State Inheritance Taxes
    State “Pick-Up” Taxes
    Marital Deduction
    Non-Citizen Spouses
    Other Ways to Reduce Estate Taxes
    Lifetime Gifts
    Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
    Family Limited Partnerships
    Conclusion
    GETTING READY TO MAKE YOUR OWN WILL!
    Do I Need a Lawyer?
    Deciding on Your Beneficiaries
    Deciding on Who to Appoint as Your Executors
    Deciding on Who to Appoint as Guardians of Your
    Minor Children
    Deciding What Type of Will You Need

    Choosing People to Witness You Signing Your Will
    Singing Your Will
    AFTER YOU HAVE MADE YOUR WILL
    Where to Store Your Will
    Keeping Your Will Updated
    Using a Codicil to Update or Change Your Will
    Revoking Your Will
    APPENDIX 1 – GLOSSARY OF LEGAL TERMS
    APPENDIX 2 – WILL WRITING WORKSHEET
    APPENDIX 3 – SAMPLE WILLS.
    APPENDIX 4 – GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING YOUR WILL
    APPENDIX 5 – SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING YOUR WILL
    APPENDIX 6 – SELF PROVING AFFIDAVIT – TYPE 1
    APPENDIX 7 – SELF PROVING AFFIDAVIT – TYPE 2
    APPENDIX 8 – SELF PROVING AFFIDAVIT – TEXAS
    APPENDIX 9 – ADDITIONAL CLAUSES YOU MAY WISH TO ADD

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  3. D. Fowler "Dragonfly77"
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    This book is an excellent reference tool for those who want to prepare their own will or simply explore the possibility …, June 3, 2012
    By 
    D. Fowler “Dragonfly77″ (Vermont) –
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    This review is from: Legal Will Kit: Wills Made Easy (Paperback)

    Many elderly people I’ve dealt with feel there is no need for them to have a will because their assets are minimal. Perhaps, but most of them own vehicles and at least have bank accounts that aren’t under the mattress. If one dies and shares a vehicle with a spouse or partner, that doesn’t automatically mean that ownership will be transferred. The same holds true for checking and savings accounts. For example, if a vehicle is registered in the deceased’s name, the spouse may need to head to probate in an attempt to gain ownership. If you die intestate (without a will) you are potentially handing your loved ones a bomb in disguise, or at least a big headache.

    No, it is not necessary to retain the services of a lawyer, but it is a wise idea to research the probate laws of your state. If you die intestate each state has a formula for distribution of your assets, however minimal they may be. If you have a complicated estate with substantial assets, a legal will kit would not be in your best interest. Those who have blended families also might want to reconsider using a legal will kit. Only you know your personal circumstances and obviously need to take many details into consideration. Obviously a little common sense goes a long way.

    ABBREVIATED CONTENTS:

    * Introduction to Wills

    * Types of Wills

    * Intestacy & What Happens Without a Will

    * Making Your Own Will

    * How to Make a Valid Will

    * The Age of Majority

    * Mental Capacity and Undue Influence

    * Wills Made in Other States

    * Gifts and Beneficiaries

    * Children, Guardians and Property Management

    * Executors

    * A Brief Introduction to Tax

    * Getting Ready to Make Your Own Will

    * After You Have Made Your Will

    Each of these sections has several subtopics that are aimed toward the average person. There is some “legal” jargon, but examples are easy to understand and the sections are not bogged down with excessive materials. The forms, if you decide to use them, are in the appendices.

    APPENCICES:

    * Appendix 1 – Glossary of Legal Terms

    * Appendix 2 – Will Writing Worksheet

    * Appendix 3 – Sample Wills

    * Appendix 4 – General Instructions for Completing Your Will

    * Appendix 5 – Specific Instructions for Completing Your Will

    * Appendix 6 – Self Proving Affidavit – Type 1

    * Appendix 7 – Self Proving Affidavit – Type 2

    * Appendix 8 – Self Proving Affidavit – Texas

    * Appendix 9 – Additional Clauses You May Wish to Add

    This book, which is quite informative, may encourage you to head to a lawyer, but I do feel that people should at least explore the topic beforehand. If you do and you decide you need to retain a lawyer, you will know more about what grounds you will be covering, what you should be covering, and will be aware of the basic legal language surrounding a will. There are numerous informative sidebars scattered throughout the book that give vignettes on important things to note, resources, and even cautionary notes. In the appendices there are numerous forms which can be downloaded from the publisher’s website (an “unlock code” is included) or can simply be copied. Obviously you’ll need to consider your own circumstances, but the material is comprehensive, well-presented, and will provide you with enough reference materials and documents to create a simple will.

    This book courtesy of the publisher.

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