How to Make Your Own Will Forms

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Dying without a legal will makes it necessary to allow a judge to dispose of all your assets. This can be avoided by obtaining forms for making your own will. These documents are readily available in on-line and book format.

Obtaining Forms to Write Your Own Will

Visit Do Your Own Will's website to write a no-nonsense-simple will that can be completed quickly and printed. Check out Free Business Forms for attorney-drafted free forms as well. Both websites' addresses can be found in the resource section below.

Purchase a book on writing your own will, and you will not only have all the types of forms, but also a guide to completing this task. Get a copy of "Prepare Your Own Will: The National Will Kit," ($29.95) or, "How to Make Your Own Will: Make Life Simpler for Those Left Behind," ($20) will provide everything needed to write a legal will in any state. Either book can be had at Purchase, "Nolo's simple Rule Book," ($36.99) is also a great idea. These are the industry leaders in legal self-help, and this do-it-yourself will book will give you all the forms and advice you need. Look in the resources section below for Nolo's website address.

Understand that there are different Wills for certain situations. These are listed below. Will for an unmarried person Will for an unmarried person with children Will for a married person or civil partner (individual) Will for a married person or civil partner (pair) Will for an unmarried person (pair) This is for those that are not married or in a civil (state recognized) union. Living will. This type of will direct your family in your wishes once you become too ill to care for yourself. They also indicate what your funeral arrangements, and what you want done with your body.


  • A will does not need to be notarized to be valid.
  • You need two people, not related to you, to witness you signing.



About the Author

For over 10 years Jeff Gatlin has written for many Northern California publications such as the "Hollister Free Lance," the "Gilroy Dispatch," the "Santa Cruz Sentinel" and "Out and About" magazine. Gatlin holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies and his 11 years as an English teacher also give him plenty of editing experience.