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Need Help With a Will?

Getting help with creating and managing a will is an important step to take in your life. If you want your property to go to specific people after you die, or to name who will be responsible for making sure your wishes are carried out, or to avoid legal issues, a wills lawyer can help.

Use FindLaw to find a wills lawyer near you to prepare a will tailored to your circumstances. You can also find a wills lawyer to help you with living wills -- also known as an advance directive or medical power of attorney -- last will and testaments, and joint or reciprocal wills.

What Does a Will Do?

A will – often called a last will and testament – provides for how your property and final affairs will be dealt with after you die. The last will and testament is the most common legal document used in estate planning, to provide for what you want to do with your assets after you pass away. It can be difficult to address estate planning. Talking to your family about end-of-life decisions is a sensitive matter. An estate planning lawyer can provide options and legal advice about wills, trusts, and how to handle your estate.

What Do You Need to Bring to an Attorney for a Will?

When you are ready to prepare a will, it can be helpful to have all the necessary information and documentation. Bringing all the information with you to your meeting with a wills attorney can help the process go more smoothly. Things to bring to an attorney for a will include:

  • List of all your assets
  • Information about bank accounts, insurance policies, investments, and retirement accounts
  • Debts and financial liabilities
  • Named beneficiaries, including family members, friends, and charitable organizations
  • Who do you want to be the executor
  • Who do you want to be the guardian for any minor children

It may be of some comfort to know that you can always make changes to your will. You may have a significant life event that changes your estate planning wishes, including a new marriage, the birth of a child, or the death of a loved one. Talk to your estate planning attorney about how you can make changes to your will.

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