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Complete Family Wills contains an online library of legal document templates that allow you to create up-to-date wills. This will software collection comes with two parts, one for creating your last will and testament and another for creating an advance healthcare directive (living will) with a durable healthcare power of attorney. Standard Legal provides legal forms for all 50 states, and you can use this software to create wills for your entire family.
The first part of this software is the Last Will and Testament, and you can use this to create a valid will that clearly relates how you want your assets distributed. In general, most U.S. states, upon your death, will release your estate to your spouse and/or children. However, not every state does this, so composing a will is imperative if you want your wishes to be enforced. Standard Legal offers the tools you need to create a will that covers things such as specific gifting provisions, directing the sales of property and assets, final disposition documents and executor documents. This will software also includes “self-authenticating” features, which means in states that allow it you can endorse your will without having to use a notary public. One bonus feature that this software provides is an Assets and Accounts List form for organizing bank account, insurance, stocks, bonds and other liquid asset information.
The second part of Complete Family Wills is Living Will software. This software can handle complex healthcare directives and HIPPA medical release authorizations. The second part of this Standard Legal will software is a highly valuable inclusion, since it can help you create legal documents to relate what you want to have done if you become seriously injured or ill. These documents cover not just your living will but also the Durable Healthcare Power of Attorney. This person is the one you appoint to be your healthcare agent should you get into a position in which you cannot make those decisions for yourself. These legal healthcare documents can also cover life support situations and life or death healthcare decisions.
Complete Family Wills is not as easy to use as some of the higher-ranked products; however, that does not mean it is difficult to use. The legal forms that come with the software are fill-in-the-blank type documents. All legal documents are available in Word, PDF or text file format. Most will find the Word format the most accessible since you have to have a PDF editor to do more than just view a PDF file. However, since the PDF file format is now open source you can find free PDF editors online. This may be especially useful if you wish to edit your forms using a Mac.
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You can contact Standard Legal by telephone or email. However, we found the most interesting information on their blog site that they use to answer questions. This blog covers all kinds of law topics such bankruptcies, land contracts, living trusts and many more. If you need assistance preparing legal documents, take advantage of their professional assistance (fee-based). They can also refer you to a local attorney. We like that if you purchase the Compete Family Wills software and then decide you would rather have assistance than do it yourself, Standard Legal will deduct the price of the software from your preparation fee.
We found Complete Family Wills to be an applicable collection of software that is especially useful for creating living wills and other healthcare documents. We like that they host an online legal documents library where you can download current legal documents that are compatible with Macs or PCs.