Sunday, January 13, 2008

How to Write a Will


Writing a will is an important duty that can help your family down the line. Although it's rarely a fun task, it's important to make your final wishes known. Although the common misconception is that writing a will is difficult, it's actually quite simple. It only takes a few steps to have a legally binding will.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You'll Need

  • List of assets
  • Paper and computer to type up will
  • Attorney



Step One

Compile a list of your assets. To efficiently write a will, you should have an inventory of all your possessions. Be sure to list everything from cash assets to any property that you own.

Step Two

Make a list of your family members and any other beneficiaries. These will be the people who are named in your will. If you want to leave any part of your assets to someone, name them in this list.

Step Three

Write a clear letter indicating which assets you want to leave to which beneficiaries. Make sure that your intentions are very transparent and lack any ambiguity. The clearer you can make your intentions, the better. Place your signature at the end of the letter. The letter will then be considered your will.

Step Four

Find a witness to sign your will. The witness should be someone who isn't listed as a beneficiary.

Step Five

Place the will in a place that can be accessed. Tell your beneficiaries where this place is so that they'll be able to retrieve your will.

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