Preparing or updating a will

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The cost of any legal endeavor depends on whether you decide to handle it yourself or use the services of an attorney.

You can access free templates online or pay for something more complex, or you can pay an attorney to do it all for you.

If you require complex needs such as trust formation then expect more time and a larger bill.

Your inability to afford an attorney or a high-priced will kit does not necessarily mean you do not need a will.

Some attorneys who specialize in estate matters offer will “packages." Don't confuse these with those you might purchase online or at an office supply store.

Attorney packages usually include at least one meeting with the lawyer.

You can make small changes to your will – such as changing the executors or adding a legacy – by using a document called a codicil (more on this below).

A codicil is a straightforward document that needs to be signed and witnessed in the same way as a will.

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If you choose to write your own will, either by using a kit or by accessing free formats to follow from your state’s website or a library, you can safeguard against errors by having an attorney review your completed document.

Whether you use an attorney to draft your will or do it yourself, costs will depend on the complexity of your estate.

If neither option appeals to you, you can compromise on a “hybrid” approach.

If any complications or problems arise, the attorney might bill you for more time at his hourly rate.

If you want more than just a will, such as a power of attorney and other estate planning documents, the cost can rise to

If you choose to write your own will, either by using a kit or by accessing free formats to follow from your state’s website or a library, you can safeguard against errors by having an attorney review your completed document.

Whether you use an attorney to draft your will or do it yourself, costs will depend on the complexity of your estate.

If neither option appeals to you, you can compromise on a “hybrid” approach.

If any complications or problems arise, the attorney might bill you for more time at his hourly rate.

If you want more than just a will, such as a power of attorney and other estate planning documents, the cost can rise to $1,000 if you’re single or $1,500 if you’re married and requesting joint documents.

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If you choose to write your own will, either by using a kit or by accessing free formats to follow from your state’s website or a library, you can safeguard against errors by having an attorney review your completed document.Whether you use an attorney to draft your will or do it yourself, costs will depend on the complexity of your estate.If neither option appeals to you, you can compromise on a “hybrid” approach.If any complications or problems arise, the attorney might bill you for more time at his hourly rate.If you want more than just a will, such as a power of attorney and other estate planning documents, the cost can rise to $1,000 if you’re single or $1,500 if you’re married and requesting joint documents.

,000 if you’re single or

If you choose to write your own will, either by using a kit or by accessing free formats to follow from your state’s website or a library, you can safeguard against errors by having an attorney review your completed document.

Whether you use an attorney to draft your will or do it yourself, costs will depend on the complexity of your estate.

If neither option appeals to you, you can compromise on a “hybrid” approach.

If any complications or problems arise, the attorney might bill you for more time at his hourly rate.

If you want more than just a will, such as a power of attorney and other estate planning documents, the cost can rise to $1,000 if you’re single or $1,500 if you’re married and requesting joint documents.

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If you choose to write your own will, either by using a kit or by accessing free formats to follow from your state’s website or a library, you can safeguard against errors by having an attorney review your completed document.Whether you use an attorney to draft your will or do it yourself, costs will depend on the complexity of your estate.If neither option appeals to you, you can compromise on a “hybrid” approach.If any complications or problems arise, the attorney might bill you for more time at his hourly rate.If you want more than just a will, such as a power of attorney and other estate planning documents, the cost can rise to $1,000 if you’re single or $1,500 if you’re married and requesting joint documents.

,500 if you’re married and requesting joint documents.

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