Q: Saving on a Living Will/Last Will & Testament?

dealwagger
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Does anyone know if it is possible to make a simple will from documents online and then have it notarized? I heard that you really only need a lawyer to draft a will if you have real estate, businesses, etc. In my name, I only have my wonderful daughter and a miserable sum of money, lol. 

My bank gives me free notary services too :) I heard all I need is two witnesses and a notary; has anyone done this?
dealwagger (rep: 10.2k) posted May 10, 2012
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erick99
Yes, you can do that.
erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted May 10, 2012
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bbattag
bbattag (rep: 6.67k) posted May 10, 2012
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chuckydealpl
Yes, i've done that and consulted with a lawyer who says its ok with a simple will. You may want to consult with a lawyer if its complicated.
chuckydealpl (rep: 38.6k) posted May 11, 2012
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skaro964
If you daughter is a minor you might want to go through a lawyer because of money and custody issues.
skaro964 (rep: 4k) posted May 11, 2012
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lilywow
It depends on what state you live in. For example in New York, it is safer to have an attorney do it because if you mess up, the courts will not honor it and throw it out. I actually did one on my own, but will be taking it to an attorney in the next week or two. Certain states have restrictive rules. Check with your state.
lilywow (rep: 8.31k) posted May 11, 2012
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dealwagger
Good ideas, thanks! I agree, I better check MN laws--I want to make sure my daughter doesn't end up with my mother, she would hurt her out of spite! So far I'm just going to set it up as everything going to my husband (we are not legally married, long story short I don't like the institution of marriage as it stands) and our daughter, then my sister and her son. Maybe one day I'll set up a trust fund and need a lawyer to sort that out! :)
dealwagger (rep: 10.2k) posted May 11, 2012
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skaro964
I have recently found out that wills and trusts is one of the more complacted areas of law so please go to a speciailest.
skaro964 (rep: 4k) posted May 22, 2012
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dealwagger
@skaro964, right now I can't afford that but I plan on doing it in the future. For now I would rather have something that could possibly be considered when I die instead of nothing at all. :)
dealwagger (rep: 10.2k) posted May 22, 2012
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