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Old 12-07-2006, 05:35 PM   #21
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dont keep it in a safe deposit box as the people who need to get at it may not have access. copies are not valid in most states. copies are deemed the same as not having a will.


we gave each one of our kids an envelope that instructs them where to look in our home for other envelopes with instructions to call our lawyer for the origional wills as well as where to find important papers they may need.



the kids call it the treasure hunt ha ha ha
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Re: I need to write a will
Old 12-07-2006, 05:42 PM   #22
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Well you better follow the instructions for your state on how the will must be executed. For example, in Minnesota you need a couple of witnesses plus a notary.

The bigger issue is making sure you have thought through all the issues and a will program may not do that for you. But really, how many here had a will at all when they were 23? Of course, the best thing is to have a lawyer, but when there is limited money you have to weigh the priorities.


exactly why im glad no lawyer wanted to review my kit done wills we origonally did and we ended up seeing a real lawyer. we would never have known how to execute it properly in our state. there was no mention in will maker about any of that
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:52 PM   #23
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exactly why im glad no lawyer wanted to review my kit done wills we origonally did and we ended up seeing a real lawyer. we would never have known how to execute it properly in our state. there was no mention in will maker about any of that
One of my sisters used Nolo's Willmaker Plus. She lives in California. I know the execution requirements for California and the kit provided her the correct instructions.
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:57 PM   #24
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the issue i had was it mentioned nothing about the questions that should be asked on execution. in a 2nd marriage that could be a problem if one of the kids dosnt like sharing and contests the will on the grounds his parent wasnt aware what he was signing..
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One place that you don't want to place it is in a safe deposit box. Place it in a drawer, file cabinet, or other safe place at home. Let all of your heirs know where it is kept and let them all read it so that there are no surprises. It is of no value if you are alive (no you can't register it), once you are gone it is invaluable. Only way I know of for you to speak from your grave, so to speak.
My attorney has a 'will safe' where they keep originals (or not, it's my choice).
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dont keep it in a safe deposit box as the people who need to get at it may not have access. copies are not valid in most states. copies are deemed the same as not having a will.


we gave each one of our kids an envelope that instructs them where to look in our home for other envelopes with instructions to call our lawyer for the origional wills as well as where to find important papers they may need.



the kids call it the treasure hunt ha ha ha
I have heard it suggested that a married couple each keep the other's will in their own safe deposit box.
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problem is if you both are killed in a common disaster
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