An Attorney or Will Maker Software?

April Adams
An Attorney or Will Maker Software?

Creating your final will and testament is a lot to think about. No one really likes to think about their life coming to an end; but no matter what happens, death is inevitable. You can offer yourself some peace of mind knowing that you have provided for your loved ones. At the same time you can help your grief-stricken survivors by limiting the amount of decisions they have to face without your input. To help you through the difficult task of creating your last will and testament, you could choose to use an attorney, or you could use will maker software.

The first advantage of using will maker software is that the cost will be much lower than if you choose to use an attorney. If you have an average sized estate and are familiar with computers, you can create your last will and testament within an hour or so. Once you are done, simply print out your documents, have them notarized and place them in a safe place that your family has access to. Many people have chosen to keep their wills locked in a safety deposit box. However, when you pass away it could take days or months before your survivors can access that. So keep your last will and testament somewhere that your survivors know about and have easy access to.

Another advantage of using will maker software over using an attorney is having the time to make sure you include everything that you own in your will. Making sure you have all of your paperwork and all of your possessions listed and ready for your meeting with an attorney can be daunting, and you are bound to forget to add something. By taking the time to carefully go through everything in your home and your bank accounts, you will be less likely to forget to include something of value.

Having the ability to change or revoke your will at any time is another excellent reason to use will creation software. With most of these types of applications, you have the ability to create the proper revocation documents if you choose to revoke the will. If you are simply looking to make a few minor changes, you have the ability to do that in the application as well. Just remember to print out your new will and have it notarized so it will supersede the previous edition you had created.

While will maker software is convenient, in the end it doesn't matter if you have chosen to go the traditional route and use an attorney to create your will, or if you've decided to create your own using will creation software. What does matter is that you are taking the time to let your survivors know what your final wishes are. Having everything thing in order when you pass on will make it easier for surviving loved ones to carry out your wishes.

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