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Old 09-08-2015, 04:32 PM   #1
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What does a simple will cost?

Met with attorney who specializes in eldercare today. Our wills are 21 years old and we want to make some changes.

He said each will will cost $350. That sounds pretty steep for the same simple will. The only difference between the 2 wills is our names.

Granted, this guy is very good and knowledgable... he will also update our Medical Directives for $150 each.
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:38 PM   #2
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Depends on location and complexity of the wills of course but we recently paid $800 for will, POA, heath care directive, and final disposition paperwork. Of course, I'm in WV, not a high COL area.

But $350 for a will doesn't sound terribly out of line. A bit over a decade ago ours was $200 for the will only.
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Old 09-08-2015, 05:09 PM   #3
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$350 per isn't that bad.
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If you're a veteran, you might be able to get a simple will done for nothing.
http://www.va.gov/ogc/docs/LegalServices.pdf

As a retired AF guy, I can get that sort of service free at most base legal offices, but the VA does provide some free service at many of their facilities to any veteran.
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Old 09-08-2015, 05:26 PM   #5
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Has anyone tried Do-it-Yourself Wills sold via online websites viz. Legalzoom for preparing a will?
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:21 PM   #6
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What does a simple will cost?

Check out Nolo press too.

However, there are huge advantages to a law office doing your will, if only to finalize it. They will keep a copy and can represent your estate after you die. A lawyer saved me and my family-owned property from a huge headache when my aunt (who dealt with a cancer for 5 years!!!?!) died and my uncle claimed he couldn't find her will.


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Old 09-08-2015, 06:29 PM   #7
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I happily used willing.com for free.

Here is a recent review that led me to them.

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Old 09-08-2015, 06:34 PM   #8
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Check out Nolo press too.

However, there are huge advantages to a law office doing your will, if only to finalize it. They will keep a copy and can represent your estate after you die. A lawyer saved me and my family-owned property from a huge headache when my aunt (who dealt with a cancer for 5 years!!!?!) died and my uncle claimed he couldn't find her will.
Around here you can file a confidential copy of your will at the county office for a nominal fee ($25).

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Old 09-08-2015, 07:33 PM   #9
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Has anyone tried Do-it-Yourself Wills sold via online websites viz. Legalzoom for preparing a will?
I've used WillMaker (software) and like it but haven't finalized anything yet. If anything it certainly is educational and worth looking at even if you decide to have one drawn up by a lawyer.
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For those of you with do-it-yourself wills, I'm curious about who witnesses one. In my state I think 2 witnesses are required that are not heirs. Lawyer offices can usually provide the witnesses, but for DIY do you ask a friend or neighbor or what? Was there that "No, really, I'm not dying. I just need a will" awkward moment?
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Depends on location and complexity of the wills of course but we recently paid $800 for will, POA, heath care directive, and final disposition paperwork. Of course, I'm in WV, not a high COL area.

But $350 for a will doesn't sound terribly out of line. A bit over a decade ago ours was $200 for the will only.
We paid $500 a couple weeks ago for wills, health care directives and durable powers of atty.

A different attorney's name had been recommended to us by an acquaintance who is also an attorney in our town. And, the attorney he suggested has/had a great reputation We were a little worried about what such a person might charge, with his credentials, but we planned on calling and making an appointment.

What do you know, a few days later the recommended attorney was in the news for drug violations.

Since we did not know when that person might be available, plus we now had some doubts, we asked around some more and got the name of the attorney we ended up with. She spent a long time with us, answering questions. We emailed back and forth a half dozen times before coming up with documents we were at peace with.
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Old 09-08-2015, 09:13 PM   #12
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Am a Fan of Legal zoom dot com for wills and living trusts and the medical care directives/POAs. Less than $800 for each of us to do our own.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:38 AM   #13
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I'm hoping to update ours soon with one of the programs out there. But so far I haven't committed to a program yet.


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$350 sounds like a good deal. I just paid $1,000 for a will, POA, and health proxy in NYC.


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Old 09-09-2015, 09:05 AM   #15
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My lawyer did my simple will about 7 years ago for $130.
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Am a Fan of Legal zoom dot com for wills and living trusts and the medical care directives/POAs. Less than $800 for each of us to do our own.
Holy crap, that seems like a LOT of money for a paper mill. Did they do a trust for you too or something?

I am personally not a fan of the paper mills...way too many disclosures that include "we aren't responsible..." It's worth a few hundred bucks for the peace of mind of using someone local who deals with probate day in and day out.
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DW's uncle used LegalZoom with DW named as the Exectutor. Not included in the instructions was the requirement that if you are named in the will you cannot sign as a witness. Even thought my wife received no money from the disbursement she was named executor, and thus the probate court would not accept the will. In the end, it cost a lot more money in legal fees that would have been saved to use a local attorney. Not to mention the additional headaches.
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Reading about Estate Planning right now. We have no need to update our Will, but need POA (finance). Did "5 Wishes" for medical to cover Medical Directive.
I think we will set up a trust and have the Will as a backup. The Trust will avoid Probate. I'm just finishing up Probate for my Mom (she had a Will) over a year later. I'd rather my daughter not have to deal with the PITA process.
A Trust just needs to be notarized and your asset beneficiary forms updated to be left to the trust.
I'll be checking out required forms thru NOLO.
Anyone else used NOLO?


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I like using a reputable law firm - they store the will, etc. in perpetuity


Plus make sure you get an attorney that is younger than you just to make sure he/she outlives ya
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For those of you with do-it-yourself wills, I'm curious about who witnesses one. In my state I think 2 witnesses are required that are not heirs. Lawyer offices can usually provide the witnesses, but for DIY do you ask a friend or neighbor or what? Was there that "No, really, I'm not dying. I just need a will" awkward moment?
Good question.

I was planning to go to my Credit Union and hopefully they will be able to provide a few witnesses in addition to the notary service.

If that idea flames out, then I may ask the contingent Personal Representatives to join me to witness in that they are not beneficiaries.

I would also be interested in what others have successfully done to execute a will (sign/notarize/witness and make self-proving).

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