Where can I purchase software for wills and trusts?

1 answer | Last updated: Nov 17, 2016
Fuwillis asked...

Where can I purchase software for wills and trusts? I have a computer and would like to prepare my own will.

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Barbara Repa, a Caring.com senior editor, is an attorney, a journalist specializing in aging issues, and the author of Your Rights in the Workplace (Nolo), now in its 10th edition.

First, in the interest of full disclosure, I must divulge that I am one of the authors of such a product, WillMaker, by Nolo. That divulged, and without tooting any merits of that particular software program, I can vouch that it can help you produce legally sound documents.

One reason is that it was written by a team of lawyers who fastidiously researched the laws in all states to make sure the documents were tailored to comply with each of them. And it is continually updated to make sure it stays current.

In addition to WillMaker, which you can find at Nolo, an Internet search of "wills, trusts and software" will likely reveal a selection of other products from which to choose.

When considering any such self-help product, make sure it produces documents that comply with the nuances of your state's law and that it is updated often. Avoid template forms that profess to be legal in every state for every need.

While most lawyers would argue that you need to hire them to write your will or trust, the truth is that only you can do the hardest part of the job: figuring out what property you own and deciding who should get it.

A self-help law product may not be your best solution if you have a very complicated situation--for example, you need to set up a special needs trust for a child who has a disability. But for most folks, they can do the trick beautifully.