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The 5 Best Websites to Help You Write Your Will


How to take the fate of your estate into your own hands.

Time and tide wait for no man (or woman), underscoring the need to have a will.

Do-it-yourself websites charge about $19.95 to $50 for a will. If your will is complex, you may want to use the websites to prepare for your meeting with an attorney. Clicking through the questions will tell you what information and documents you'll need to have in hand to get things right.

Among the sites that will help you write a will yourself are:

A commercial website that helps with basic legal documents, including wills.

Another commercial website that provides step-by-step help in drafting a will.

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Along with other special interest web sites, it offers tips on drafting a will with the hope that you'll leave them some money. If you plan to leave a significant amount of money, stocks or bonds to a non-profit group, the organization may be able to help you draft the will. Warning: this could create a conflict of interest so proceed carefully.

Offers free online wills. The website states, " is not a law firm, and the employees of are not acting as our attorney…You are representing yourself in any legal matter you undertake through's legal document service."

Offers step-by-step help in writing your own will.

If these websites don't meet your needs, crank up Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO) and you'll find scads more.

If you die intestate – without a valid will – the court will decide the disposition of your estate and the custody of your children. The court's good faith effort may not follow your wishes, so draft your will years in advance and distribute signed copies to your executor and family members. Place the original in a safe place with your other important papers.

Drafting a will is straightforward, but remember that lawyers grow fat sorting out poorly written wills, so think long and hard before doing it yourself.

Your will isn't carved in granite and can be updated if circumstances change.
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