Writing a Will without an Attorney
Many people ask about writing a Will without hiring an attorney. Hiring a lawyer is not a requirement to have a valid Will, and several document preparation services have arisen in the last few years as an alternative. If you want a simple and inexpensive Will, this kind of service may meet your needs. Review our information sheet to learn more.
Resources on the Web:
Below, we've provided links to articles and websites that we hope you'll find useful as you consider your plans.
- Credit.com: Seven Documents You Need Before You Die.
- Chicago Tribune: Documents You Need Before You Die or Become Incapacitated
- Forbes: "I Don't Have an Estate. Why Do I Need An Estate Plan
- America Bar Association: "An Introduction to Wills"
Articles from sites that also provide will provide drafting services:
- Nolo.com: "Making a Will: Are Lawyers Optional?"
- Rocketlawyer.com: "What to Think About Before You Write Your Will"
- Legalzoom.com: "Wills FAQs"
Sources of attorney referrals:
- The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel: Fine an ACTEC Fellow
- Martindale: Find Lawyers and Law Firms
- Nolo Network
The League of Women Voters of California is not responsible for and has no control over these other sites or their content. Remember that when you link to another site, that other site is governed by its own user agreement and privacy statement, which you should be sure to read.
Take the next step:
Confidential Bequest Intention Form (Printable PDF)
Confidential Bequest Intention Form (Secure online form)
Estate Planning Resources
Please note: This information is not intended as tax or legal advice. We recommend that you consult with your legal and financial advisors to learn how a gift would work in your circumstances. Laws and regulations governing all gifts and availability of certain life income gifts vary by state.