To find the best attorney to create your will, start your search on Thumbtack. With Thumbtack, you can quickly locate lawyers near you. As you’re browsing through potential attorneys you might hire, read their profiles to find out which ones specialize in will creation and estate planning. Then, contact a few of them to request cost estimates.
When you’re creating a will and looking for a potential lawyer, ask plenty of questions. For example, ask:
- How long will it take to draw up a will?
- How much do you charge for will creation?
- How do you set your prices? Do you charge hourly rates?
- How long have you been practicing law, specifically estate planning and will creation?
Work with a lawyer to prepare a simple will. An attorney can help you figure out what to include and make a plan for your estate. Ultimately, your will should contain instructions on what to do with your assets. You should also select beneficiaries, guardians for your children (if you have any) and an executor for the will.
To help ensure you don’t miss any steps, hire an estate planning attorney to prepare your will.
Before you meet with your attorney, you might be asked to bring documents and copies of your personal assets (property and real estate, bank statements, retirement accounts, investments) and debts. Your lawyer might also ask you to bring information about your family and beneficiaries.
Ask the lawyer you hire to provide a list of documents and information you should bring to your first meeting with them.