How to Find a Free Sample Last Will and Testament Template

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You'll have no trouble finding fill-in-the-blanks will forms at no cost or low cost, but remember that you sometimes get what you pay for. Not every preformatted will is prepared with your state's laws in mind, and an invalid will is the legal equivalent of no will at all.

Form Wills

Wills are legal documents that must be written with state laws in mind. Since state laws differ, you need to be familiar with your own, hire an attorney to advise you or select a form will that is guaranteed to meet all of your state's legal requirements. If you prepare a will that doesn't meet state requirements, it will be tossed out by the probate court, and your estate will pass, instead, to close family members as set out in your state's intestacy statutes.

Where to Look for Forms

Look for free will forms online from your state bar association, the professional association of attorneys in your jurisdiction. Alternatively, find out if your state has a statutory will. If so, you may be able to download the form or get one from the court. Statutory will forms are prepared by the legislature and contain everything your state requires to prepare a valid will. Some third-party sources such as Do It Yourself Documents, eForms and LawDepot offer generic or state-specific will forms, which you may use at no cost.

About the Author

Teo Spengler earned a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall. As an Assistant Attorney General in Juneau, she practiced before the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court before opening a plaintiff's personal injury practice in San Francisco. She holds both an M.A. and an M.F.A in creative writing and enjoys writing legal blogs and articles. Her work has appeared in numerous online publications including USA Today, Legal Zoom, eHow Business, Livestrong, SF Gate, Go Banking Rates, Arizona Central, Houston Chronicle, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pearson, Quicken.com, TurboTax.com, and numerous attorney websites. Spengler splits her time between the French Basque Country and Northern California.

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