Will Crafter unpacks the “secrets” in preparing a will, by combining a combined manual and DIY program for use in the United States (U. S. territories and protectorates are not covered, but the District of Columbia is). In addition, users are given a locater list, to assist in identifying what they own, where important materials are located, and other proprietary information.
The manual explains why a “one size does not fit all will form” cannot work, because each state has its own set of rules for creating a will. The DIY program takes into account the differences in state laws.
By reading the manual, you will be introduced to a plethora of concepts:
- What is an executor?
- What does an executor do after you die?
- What is a guardian?
- What is expected of a guardian?
- How should a disabled beneficiary be treated (special needs trusts)?
- Can you disinherit your spouse?
- Can you disinherit your children?
- Should you make burial requests in your will?
- Do beneficiaries pay income taxes on inheritances?
- Do beneficiaries pay death taxes on inheritances?
- What formalities are required to sign a will?
- What is probate and how does it work?
- What are trusts?
- What are tax sheltered trusts?
You will receive a form to use (pdf form, which you can email to yourself), which helps you (and your heirs) know where your things are kept (social security card, marriage license, credit cards, real estate and investment records, etc.). In addition, you will be given a sample will, which you can compare with your DIY will, so as to give you comfort in knowing what a will looks like.
If you use Will Crafter to create your own will, you will either Air Print the will (to your wireless printer) or email it to yourself, so it can be printed and signed from your computer, in accordance with the laws of the state where you live.
What the DIY Will Crafter does NOT cover:
- Complicated situations
- Tax sheltered trusts
- Testamentary trusts
- Special needs trusts
- Creating a trust
- Powers of Attorney
- Health Care Powers of Attorney
- Advance Directives for Health Care (Living Wills)
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