What Is A Will?

Although wills can be very complicated, they are fairly simple in the grand spectrum of legal instruments. A will is essentially a legally valid document that outlines how one's money, property or other assets are transferred when he dies. There are different types of wills, but most wills are referred to as "simple wills". A will can usually be drawn up by an attorney for a reasonable fee, unless the estate is very large or the instructions are very complex. It is also possible for you to draw up your own will using standard forms or software. Be aware of the laws governing wills in your state of residence. If you draw up your own will, be sure that anything your state requires is included or the will could easily be judged invalid.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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