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Nolo's Simple Will Book 7th Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1413307139
ISBN-10: 1413307132
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Editorial Reviews

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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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An excellent source of information on wills that even helps people with complex financial affairs prepare for a lawyer. (The New York Times 20090101)

An excellent source of information on wills that even helps people with complex financial affairs prepare for a lawyer. (The New York Times 20080202)

Contains very clear instructions for using its forms as well as many filled-in examples... as good as any I've seen. (San Francisco Chronicle 20080303)

This is an excellent resource for those who want to go it alone and for those who are trying to get organized before working with an attorney.... This is quintessential Nolo fare... (Library Journal 20080202)

Walks you through the preparation of your own legally valid will. (Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine 20080302)

Walks you through the preparation of your own legally valid will. (Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine 20090101)

Will enable you to write the will yourself or to prepare in advance for a lawyer to do it. (Knoxville News-Sentinel 20090101)

This is an excellent resource for those who want to go it alone and for those who are trying to get organized before working with an attorney.... This is quintessential Nolo fare... (Library Journal 20090101)

The cheapest way to get a new will is to write it yourself, with the help of a book containing the legal forms and instructions. One reliable guide is Nolo's Simple Will Book... (Newsday 20090101)

From the country's leading publisher of do-it-yourself legal guides...get your estate in order without any help -- or fees -- from lawyers. (Parenting Magazine 20090101)

Contains very clear instructions for using its forms as well as many filled-in examples... as good as any I've seen. (San Francisco Chronicle 20090101)
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Product Details

  • Series: Nolo's Simple Will Book
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 7th edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413307132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413307139
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book shows how easy it is to write your own will. Unless your situation is complex, you will find there is no need to hire a lawyer. The author assures you that if you follow directions, the will is valid and will be duly executed when the time comes. Be sure to read the text, as it offer good guidance. Resist the temptation to jump directly to filling out one of the many sample wills provided.
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This book comes with a CD containing both a simple will form and mix and match clause forms for more complex wills. All forms are in Rich Text Format files; open the files, cut and paste their text into your own file, and replace the blanks with your own text. Print and you're done. All that's left is the really hard part: making decisions about how to satisfy your obligations and dispose of your estate.
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By A Customer on May 18, 2004
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I had no idea that writing a will could be so easy! I was convinced that only lawyers could draft wills and if a friend hadn't suggested this book I would have wasted a lot of money on legal fees. Nolo's Simple Will Book translates all of the legal jargon that lawyers love into plain, easy to understand english. I was able to leave property to my brother, create a trust for my children, and name an executor to handle my affairs. The CD-ROM even gives you the legal forms you'll need in a user-friendly format. Thanks to this book, drafting my will was easier, faster, less stressful, and (best of all) cheaper then I ever imagined.
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Another in a long series of NOLO books which demystify subjects normally cloaked in legal mumbo jumbo. Some of the best include Divorce (including child custody issues) , Wills and Trusts , Landlord Tenant law, , Bankruptcy Guides .

What distinguishes the NOLO books is that they explain, illustrate, recommend and then provide a self help solution. In addition they point out the circumstances in which professional help is needed. The newer ones include software to create the documents.

Nolo also tells you what will happen in the process.

This guide includes both wills and trusts. After living through a parent's probate in California I was determined not to inflict this on my family . Not just the cost but the endless time and abusive fees of probate.

Even if you plan to engage an attorney to prepare your documents this guide will let you go to meetings well informed and in a position to ask intelligent questions while not wasting $400/ hour time on a basic education. In addition you will know what information you will need to put together prior to the first meeting. Perhaps most importantly the book will help you formulate your goals and understand the vehicles available to achieve those goals.

Finally, I think this is a great book for spouses which will help them understand the process and participate in their partner's process of preparing will and trust documents.

Highly recommended
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I've been trying to get specific instructions for a holographic will (completely handwritten), but with no success, opted for buying this book and writing my own will that will have to be witnessed by two people for validity. The book is concise, easy to understand, and covers alot more circumstances than those affecting me: minor children, simple investments, property. It's nice that there are template forms so you don't have to dream up your instructions without guidelines. The included CD is a bonus. I recommend this product.
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I bought this book mostly because I wanted my daughter in the right hands if something were to happen to both my husband and I. Peace of mind knowing that she will indeed end up with the people we select is worth a million and we didn't to have to spend much money to set this up. This book is great to have your wishes put down so everything is distributed how you want it. Much more convenient then going to a lawyer and saves you a lot of money.
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Great book, and priced right. I setup corporations as serve as a senior business consultant for attorneys and individuals alike, and each year but the NOLO, and Entrepreneur publications to stay updated and for additional insider information. I find them easy to understand, and their information reliable. Laws, and procedures change, so it's important to update these books regularly.
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I purchased this last year through a site other than Amazon and I am quite pleased with the product. The CD-ROM included with the book has all of the forms I needed and the steps were relatively easy to follow.

There are so many things we can do ourselves, from our own bankruptcy to basic estate planning that don't need lawyers. Why pay thousands of dollars when you can do it yourself for under $100?

Overall I am very pleased with the product.
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