Nolo's Simple Will Book, with CD-ROM


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Everyone needs a will sooner rather than later-and Nolo's Simple Will Book is the all-in-one tool you need. For over 15 years, this bestseller had made it easy to: * write a legally valid will
* leave property to family, friends or organizations
* name a personal guardian to care for your children
* safely leave property to young children
* arrange for the payment of debts and taxes
* name an executor to handle your affairs
* update your will as neededNolo's Simple Will Book lets you choose from seven different will forms, or to build a custom will to suit special situations. It also provides a detailed discussion of estate planning for those who may want more than a will.Completely updated and revised, the 6th edition provides all worksheets and will forms on CD-ROM. It also includes new information on "ethical wills," which let you convey your feelings and values to loved ones. Good in all states except Louisiana.
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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
Contains very clear instructions for using its forms as well as many filled-in examples & as good as any I've seen.
The New York Times
An excellent source of information on wills that even helps people with complex financial affairs prepare for a lawyer.
Library Journal
This book will enable most people to write their wills, valid in any state except Louisiana. Clifford, a lawyer, explains the importance of having a will and discusses relevant considerations such as executors, beneficiaries, treatment of children, and property ownership laws. There is also some coverage of basic estate planning, utilization of lawyers, and requirements for executing a valid will. Throughout, Clifford flags complex situations in which legal advice should be obtained. To some extent this is a workbook, with fill-in-the-blank, perforated pages. If it can be kept intact, it is an excellent source for public libraries. Jack Ray, Loyola/Notre Dame Lib., Baltimore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413303605
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 9/10/2005
  • Series: Nolo's Simple Will Book Ser.
  • Edition description: Includes CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Making Your Own Will
  A.  What a Will Can Do for You
  B.  Dying Without a Will
  C.  The Human Element
  D.  How to Get the Most From This Book
  E.  Will You Need a Lawyer?
  F.  A Look at a Basic Will

2.  An Overview of Wills
  A.  How to Make a Valid Will
  B.  Types of Wills
  C.  Explanatory Letters
  D.  What Happens to Your Property After You Die

3.  Special Property Rules for Married People
  A.  Community Property States
  B.  Common Law States
  C.  If You Move to Another State

4.  Taking Inventory of Your Property
  A.  List and Describe Your Property (Column 1)
  B.  State How Your Property Is Owned (Column 2)
  C.  List Your Percentage of Shared Property (Column 3)
  D.  Estimate the Net Value of Your Property (Column 4)

5.  Your Beneficiaries
  A.  Types of Beneficiaries
  B.  Putting Restrictions on Beneficiaries
  C.  Deciding How to Leave Your Property
  D.  Naming Beneficiaries to Share Gifts
  E.  Naming Alternate Beneficiaries
  F.  Naming Residuary Beneficiaries
  G.  Explaining Your Gifts
  H.  Survivorship Periods
  I.  Simultaneous Death
  J.  Using the Beneficiary Worksheet
  K.  Disinheritance
  L.  Property You No Longer Own at Your Death

6.  Choosing Your Executor
  A.  Responsibilities of an Executor
  B.  How to Choose Your Executor
  C.  Naming a Successor Executor
  D.  Naming an Executor for Another State
  E.  Executor Worksheet

7.  Children
  A.  Providing for Your Minor Children
  B.  Custody of Your Minor Child
  C.  Management of Your Children's Property
  D.  How to Use the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act in Your Will
  E.  How to Create a Family Pot Trust or Child's Trust
  F.  Choosing a Property Guardian
  G.  Leaving Property to the Children of Others

8.  Debts and Taxes
  A.  When to Bother About Last Debts and Taxes
  B.  Who Pays Debts After Your Death?
  C.  Choosing Specific Assets to Pay Debts
  D.  State and Federal Estate Taxes

9.  Choosing the Right Will Form
  A.  Basic Form Wills
  B.  What You Can Accomplish With a Basic Will
  C.  Making a Customized Will
  D.  After You've Prepared Your Will

10.  Making a Fill-in-the-Blanks Will
  A.  Getting Started
  B.  Filling in the Will Form
  C.  Sample Filled-in Basic Will
  D.  Preparing Your Final Will

11.  Making a Customized Will
  A.  How to Prepare Your Will
  B.  Will Clauses

12.  Making Your Will Legal
  A.  Signing and Witnessing Your Will
  B.  "Self-Proving" Wills: Using a Notary Public
  C.  After Your Will Is Completed

13.  Changing or Revoking Your Will
  A.  Revising Your Will or Revoking It
  B.  Making Simple Changes in Your Will by Codicil
  C.  Revoking Your Will

14.  Estate Planning
  A.  Probate
  B.  Probate Avoidance Methods
  C.  Estate Taxes
  D.  Placing Controls on Property
  E.  Planning for Incapacity: Durable Powers of Attorney

15.  Lawyers and Doing Your Own Legal Research
  A.  Working With a Lawyer
  B.  Doing Your Own Research
  C.  Legal Information Online

Appendix 1: How to Use the CD-ROM
Appendix 2: Tear-Out Forms
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