The Process of Creating a Last Will
LegalZoom makes it easy to create a Last Will and Testament. The following is a detailed description of our Last Will process.
- Complete our easy online questionnaire.
- We create your personalized Last Will within 2 business days.
Our document scriveners check your answers for spelling, grammar and missing information. Then, our LegalZip software creates your Last Will and Testament.
- We send your Last Will to you.
Your documents will be shipped to you according to your handling 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 public.
Please note: Self-proving affidavits are not valid in the 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 LegalZoom Last Will in a secure location.
Keep the original copy of your last will in safe place. 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 marriage or the birth of children. Select our Comprehensive package, and get a free 30-day trial membership to Legal Advantage Plus (where available). As a member, take advantage of free revisions to your last will and other benefits.