Online Will Preparation

by Laura Myers

    A will is a legal document you can use to spell out how your property will be disposed of after your death. In your will, you can also appoint a guardian for your children and an executor for your estate. If you die without leaving a will, state laws will determine how your assets are distributed. You can create a will online in several ways.

    Full-Service Creation

    A few websites offer complete will creation services. When using these services, you are asked a number of questions online. You then fill in the blanks of the online questionnaire. Your will is then created by the Internet company. It is checked by a lawyer and then mailed to you, along with instructions on how to sign it. The entire process takes approximately one week. If you wish to make changes to the will, you have a limited amount of time to do so. You must pay a fee for this online service.

    Instant Download Will

    An instant download will is a type of Internet service that is extremely fast. You first pay for the service and then you answer a series of questions online. Once you have finished answering the questions, your will is created and immediately sent to you by email. You are then responsible for printing the will. You have a limited number of days to make changes free of charge if you are dissatisfied.

    Downloadable Form

    Wills can be created online using downloadable forms. Websites specializing in this kind of service sell forms for wills that are tailored to meet individual state requirements. These wills fit general categories such as “wills for married persons without children” or “wills for divorced persons with children.” You find your particular classification, fill out the will online, then download and print it. Some websites charge money for their forms but others, such as Do Your Own Will, offer them for free.

    Create It Yourself

    It is possible to use the Internet to learn how to make a will. First it is necessary to research your state’s laws concerning wills. Once you know what a will must include in your state, find a will online that you can use as a template. If possible use one from your state. Using the template will, write your will using your own information and deleting anything from the template will that does not apply to your situation.

    About the Author

    Laura Myers has been writing professionally since 1992. She has edited the print publications "Stamp Stories" and "Chiaroscuro." Myers holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Victoria and is a certified family law mediator. She also holds diplomas in early childhood education and interior design.

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