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Our comprehensive online estate planning tool allows you to easily create wills, living trusts, and other important estate documents all in one place. You can make powers of attorney, health care directives, living wills, and so much more. Take the online quiz to help you decide which package is best for your needs.

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The heart of every estate plan is a will, also known as a last will and testament. This legal document puts you in control of who inherits your property and who would take care of your children if it were ever necessary. Without a will, state law determines these issues. Your will also allows you to name an executor (sometimes called a “personal representative”) to carry out our wishes. And you can appoint a trusted person to manage property left to young people. With WillMaker, you can revise and update your will whenever you like.
Spare your loved ones difficult decisions by laying out your wishes for medical care and naming someone to carry out your instructions. Includes a health care power of attorney and a living will.
Distribute your assets and provide property management while keeping your trust property out of lengthy and expensive probate proceedings after you die.
A durable power of attorney ensures that someone you trust (called your "agent" or "attorney-in-fact") will be on hand to manage the many practical, financial tasks that will arise if you become incapacitated. For example, bills must be paid, bank deposits must be made and someone must handle insurance and benefits paperwork. In most cases, a durable power of attorney for finances is the best way to take care of tasks like these. You can also give your attorney-in-fact authority over your digital assets.
Plan a funeral or other ceremony and ease the burden on your loved ones. Describe your preferences for burial, cremation, memorials, obituaries and more.
Organize your information so that your survivors don't have to. Use these documents to give them details about everything from bank accounts, to passwords, to the names of people you'd like contacted in the event of your illness or death.
Use the Letter to Survivors to leave your loved ones detailed explanations about your decisions. For example, you may want to let them know why you made certain gifts or named a particular person to be your executor. You can also use your letter to leave some general thoughts about your life.

FAQs

Both! When you buy WillMaker Plus or All-Access, you can choose to make your estate planning documents online or with the software. You can use both, but data can’t be shared between the two platforms, so the documents you make using one platform will not be available on the other. WillMaker Starter users can get the downloadable software by upgrading to Plus or All-Access.
Until recently, WillMaker was available only as downloadable software. Nolo is now offering the same dependable, easy-to-use forms in an online app. WillMaker Plus and All-Access customers have access to both platforms. So, it's your choice which to use. Try one or the other -- or test out both. Just keep in mind that you can't transfer documents or data from one platform to the other.
While the documents, interviews, instructions, and support information are nearly identical in the online and download versions of WillMaker, there are some important differences.
With the online version of WillMaker, you:
  • Get five key estate planning documents
  • Access WillMaker through the internet
  • Use WillMaker on your tablet or mobile device
  • Make new documents and changes for one year from the purchase date
With the download version of WillMaker, you:
  • Get six key estate planning documents, plus many others
  • Download WillMaker to your computer (Windows or Mac).
  • Need internet access only for the initial download and for subsequent updates.
  • Receive updates through the end of the version year (that is for WillMaker 2022, through 2022)
Compare the online and download versions of WillMaker.
No. Unlike the other states' laws, Louisiana law is derived from the Napoleonic code. This makes Louisiana's estate planning laws substantially different from the laws of the rest of the country, and WillMaker doesn't address Louisiana's unique requirements. You can create a basic Louisiana will with our simple online form.
If your permanent residence is outside of the United States, you should not use WillMaker. If you are out of the country temporarily –- for school, a job or because you serve in the military, you probably still have ties with a particular state that make it your legal residence. In that case, you can still use WillMaker. For example, if you were born in Wisconsin, lived there for many years, are registered to vote there and receive mail there in care of your parents, who still live in Milwaukee, then Wisconsin is your legal residence for purposes of making a will even if you are spending three months on sabbatical in Europe. If you're not sure where you legally reside, consult a lawyer.
Yes, WillMaker is intended for individual family use, and you can use it to make more than one of any document. You can make a will for yourself, your wife, your brother, your parents, and so on.
No. With WillMaker, each of you must make your own will, even if you both agree about how your property is to be distributed. There is solid legal reasoning behind this rule. Joint wills are intended to prevent the surviving spouse from changing his or her mind about what to do with the property after the first spouse dies. The practical effect is to tie up the property for years and make it impossible for the surviving spouse to react to changed circumstances. Also, many court battles are fought over whether the surviving spouse can revoke any part of the joint will. That's why joint wills are very uncommon these days. If you want to restrict how your property can be used after your death, or make special provisions for children from a prior marriage, using a trust is usually a better solution.
That said, with the download version of WillMaker you and your spouse can easily create identical wills -- that is, two separate wills in which all the provisions (such as beneficiaries and children's guardians) are the same. If you want to do this, look for the "Duplicate for Spouse" button provided on the Congratulations screen at the end of the will interview (after the Print Preview screen). The online version of WillMaker does not yet offer the duplicate-for-spouse feature.
How you finalize your document depends on 1) which document you're making, 2) your state of residence, and in some cases, 3) what you choose to include in the document. Generally:
  • Wills are signed and witnessed.
  • Living trusts are notarized.
  • Durable powers of attorney are notarized.
  • Health care directives are witnessed, notarized, or both.
  • Final arrangements and letters are signed.
You must also sign and date each document. All WillMaker documents come with signing instructions specific to your state.
Yes, you can make a pour-over will with WillMaker. To do so, when making your will, you will name your trust as beneficiary using the trustee's name and the name of the trust. For example: "John Doe as trustee of the John Doe Living Trust, dated January 1, 20xx."
Keep in mind that the property you leave through the will may have to go through probate when you die. Because living trusts are designed to avoid probate, if you leave too much property through your will, you may end up thwarting your own intentions. Before you make a pour-over will, be sure you know how much property your state allows you to pass through your will without triggering probate proceedings.
Learn more about pour-over wills in the WillMaker Legal Manual or on Nolo.com
Do not use the WillMaker will to leave money or property directly to a person with special needs. The management provided under WillMaker does not sufficiently provide for special needs and it does not protect eligibility for government benefits.
However, you can use your WillMaker will to leave money or property to a special needs trust. If you name the special needs trust as a beneficiary of your will, the money will go into the trust rather than directly to the person with special needs. This will help your loved one remain eligible for government benefits and will provide property management tailored to your loved one's needs.
To learn more about special needs trusts:
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Preparing Today for Peace of Mind Tomorrow

  • Feel confident when life changes
  • Trust that your documents are legal in your state
  • Be secure knowing who will make decisions on your behalf
  • Feel free to make changes and revisions anytime