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State Specific Documents
Documents designed to meet the specific requirements of your state.
Create four legal documents at once: your will, letter of instruction, health care power of attorney and financial power of attorney.
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What Your Will Gives You
Protection for Your FamilyYou decide what happens to your stuff and your kids.
Peace of MindYou know you've taken the right steps to prepare for the future.
Express Your WishesMake sure your wishes are carried out.
What Your Will Package Includes
Tell loved ones what to do with your stuff, choose guardians for your dependents, and give charitable gifts. Married? Get the spousal will package so you’re both covered.
Letter of Instruction
Give loved ones any extra instructions they’ll need to carry out your will, end-of-life service or other wishes.
Medical Power of Attorney
Spell out your end-of-life health care plans, and name someone to make your medical decisions if you’re unable to do so.
Financial Power of Attorney
Choose someone to handle your banking, investing and other financial activities if you can’t do them yourself.
Want to learn more about wills? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions.
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Each state has unique requirements for a will. See a sample of what a will looks like in your state.
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- Last Will & Testament
- Health Power of Attorney
- Finance Power of Attorney
- Last Will & Testament
- Health Power of Attorney
- Finance Power of Attorney
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Wills Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a will?
You need a will because it helps you protect the people and things you care most about. First, a will names a guardian for your minor children or adult children who depend on you because of a permanent disability, so they’ll be taken care of if you pass away. Second, a will provides instructions for giving your property, money and personal items to your loved ones or to a favorite charity. This gives you control and prevents a lot of conflict and expenses for your family.
What happens to my stuff if I don’t have a will?
If you die without a valid will, that’s called dying intestate. At that point your state’s laws control who inherits your property. State intestacy laws generally give property to the people most closely related to you—even if that’s not who you would have picked. And those same laws will decide who gets custody of your kids if you have them. Those decisions are too important to leave up to strangers.
Should I make a will if I don't have kids yet?
Yes! You should make a will now so you can pass your property to loved ones, even if you don’t have children. When children come along, you should update your will to include them and name a guardian to care for them if you pass away. (See “Can I change or cancel my will?”)
Are online wills safe?
As long as your will satisfies your state's laws, an online will has the same legal effect as one written by an attorney.
What does getting my will notarized mean?
Notarization is when a public official, called a notary public, reviews and signs a legal document to confirm that it’s valid. Getting your will notarized helps your personal representative, the probate judge and your estate attorney (if you have one) know your will is the real deal.
Do I have to get my will notarized?
You probably don’t have to, but it’s the best thing to do. Here’s why.
Wills always have to be signed by two witnesses to be valid, and in most states, that’s good enough. No notary required. But getting your will notarized can speed up the probate process and make it easier for your personal representative to carry out the will after you pass away. So we recommend getting your will notarized to make your loved ones’ lives easier!
How do I get my will notarized?
Make an appointment with a notary public, two witnesses and your spouse (if you’re married). That may sound like a lot of people, but everyone who’s going to sign the will needs to be present to get it notarized. Once everyone’s gathered, you’ll read through the will together to make sure it says what you want. You, your witnesses and your spouse will sign the will. Then the notary will sign and stamp it. And that’s it—you’re good to go!
Where do I get my will notarized?
- Financial institutions like banks and credit unions
- Parcel shipping stores like UPS or FedEx
- Law, real estate or accounting firms
- Colleges or universities
- Public libraries
Call ahead to find out when the notary public will be available. And definitely ask how much it’s going to cost—some businesses charge for notarization, but you should be able to find one that does it for free.
Where should I store my will?
You should keep your will in a safe place—such as a legacy drawer in your home, a fireproof safe or a bank box. We recommend having a second copy of your will in another safe location, just in case the first copy gets destroyed unexpectedly.
Who should I give copies of my signed will to?
After signing your will, you should give a copy to the person you have named as your personal representative. If you don’t want copies of all that personal info laying around someone else’s house, at least let your personal representative know where you keep your will so they can find it if they need to.
Do wills expire?
No. Wills are “perpetual documents.” That means once your will is signed and becomes valid, it lasts until you pass away and all the instructions have been carried out.
Can I change or cancel my will?
Yes! You can cancel, or revoke, your will at any time by destroying the original document, plus any copies. (You may need to ask your personal representative or loved ones to give their copies of your will back.)
You can change your will just by signing a new one. A new will always has language in it that revokes any will you had before. But it’s still a good idea to destroy your old documents so there’s no confusion about which one to use.
When should I update my will?
You should update your will whenever you go through a big life event like marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, the death of someone you named in your will or moving to a new state. (See “Do I have to make a new will if I move between states?”)
You should also update it if your wishes have changed. It’s wise to review your will occasionally just to make sure it still reflects your wishes. And with Mama Bear, you can update your will for free for up to 180 days after you buy it.
Do I have to make a new will if I move between states?
You probably don’t have to, but you should. If you made a valid, signed will in your last state of residence, then it will probably be valid in your new state too. Most state laws honor valid wills that were made in other states. But since most states also have their own laws about what to do after somebody dies, your will might not match your new state’s rules exactly. That can make it a little harder to carry out your wishes. So it’s a good idea to update your will to reflect the laws in your new state. (See “Can I change or cancel my will?”)