How to Learn About Last Wills & Trusts

by A.L. Kennedy
The library is a good place to start learning about last wills and trusts.

The library is a good place to start learning about last wills and trusts.

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You can use last wills and trusts as part of your estate planning in order to ensure that your wishes are carried out after you die. There are many resources available for learning about last wills and trusts, both online and offline. In addition, you may wish to consult an attorney in your state for specific advice on how to handle your personal estate.

Step 1

Visit your local library. Many libraries have materials on last wills, trusts and other estate planning options. Larger libraries may keep these materials in a separate collection devoted solely to estate planning. If your community has a public law library, it may also offer materials on how to create a last will or trust in your state.

Step 2

Contact your state bar association. Each state has a bar association that keeps track of the state's attorneys and also provides free legal information to the public. Many state bar organizations post information about estate planning, including last wills and trusts, on their websites. In addition, your state bar can also provide information about attorneys in your area who practice estate planning, in case you have specific questions about your situation. The American Bar Association also has information on estate planning at its website (see Resources).

Step 3

Take a class. While a class may not be necessary if you're only interested in learning how to make your own will or trust, it can be valuable source of in-depth information. Contact your local colleges or universities to see if they offer undergraduate courses in paralegal studies; these courses often involve information on last wills and trusts. If a class is not available or convenient, course outlines for trusts and estates classes, used in law schools, are often available online.