LegalZoom makes it easy to create a last will and testament. Following is a detailed description of the steps to create a last will:
- Complete our easy online questionnaire.
- We create your last will.
Our document specialists check your answers for spelling, consistency and completeness. Then, our LegalZip® software creates your personalized last will and testament.
- We send your last will to you.
Your personalized documents will be shipped according to your instructions.
- Sign your last will in the presence of witnesses.
Your witnesses should not be related to you or to any beneficiaries named in your last will. Your witnesses will also sign the document. If you would like your last will to be self-proving (excludes California), then you must perform this step in the presence of a notary.
Please note: Self-proving affidavits are not valid in District of Columbia, Maryland, Ohio or Vermont. In California, there is no requirement for a self-proving affidavit, so wills are considered "proved" upon proper execution.
- Store your original signed LegalZoom last will in a secure location.
Keep the original signed copy of your last will in safe place. Signed copies should be given to appropriate family members and to the person you named as your executor.
- Keep your LegalZoom last will up-to-date.
Updating your last will is extremely important, especially after significant life events such as a marriage or the birth of a child. If you select our Comprehensive package, you'll be enrolled in the Legal Advantage Plus plan, which includes unlimited revisions to your LegalZoom Last Will.