Everyone should make a will or living trust, regardless of wealth. Having a plan in place ensures that your wishes are known and saves your loved ones the stress and cost of intestate probate proceedings.

With a valid will or trust, you can choose who gets your property, name guardians for your children, provide a home for your pets, and more. It only takes 20 minutes, and you can update your documents later if your plans change.  A last will and testament generally requires less maintenance and is well-suited for handling the needs of most people. If you live in California, you may want to make a revocable living trust instead to minimize the cost and delays of probate.

Making a will doesn’t have to be a complex process. These days, it’s easier than ever to make a legally valid will online without a lawyer. And everyone should have a will — even if your estate is small. Making a will ensures that your loved ones know your wishes. Plus, it may save them the stress and cost of lengthy court proceedings. Despite this, 70% of Americans don’t have an up-to-date will.

Many people choose to leave a part of their estate to charity. You can do this by designating a nonprofit as a beneficiary of certain assets (cash, real estate, stocks, etc.) or of a percentage of your residuary estate. This is a great way to support your favorite causes and preserve your legacy.

If you’re ready to get your estate plans started, you’ll find everything you need here to make a will today.  And you can create your will or trust for FREE via this Braille Institute link:  FreeWill.com/Braille

 How to write a will

Most people think that making a will is a complex, pricey, and time-consuming process. However, there are a couple of ways you can begin writing your will today — and they’re often as simple as filling out a questionnaire online.

How to make a will with a lawyer

If you have a large estate, complicated family dynamics, special needs children to provide for, or other circumstances requiring professional assistance, you should consider speaking with a qualified attorney. Lawyers can provide you with expert advice that’s tailored to your needs and local laws. To make your will this way, you will need to look for a nearby trust and estate attorney. You can check Google, Yelp, or even the American Bar Association for licensed attorneys in your area. You may also want to ask friends or family for recommendations.

You can use an online will-maker like FreeWill to create your will forms, and then bring these to an attorney for review. This can save you both time and money, while still providing you with the comfort of expert help.  Visit FreeWill.com/Braille to get started.

 How to make a will online without a lawyer

If your estate isn’t large enough to trigger estate taxes, you don’t have any complicated family dynamics, and your wishes are straightforward, an online, do-it-yourself will is a good solution. If you decide that you don’t want to use a lawyer, it’s easy to make your will online.  Visit FreeWill.com/Braille to get started.

Remember your loved ones and the charities you love by starting your online will today at:  FreeWill.com/Braille