Quick & legal will book

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Clifford, Denis.
Corporate Author: NetLibrary, Inc.
Format: Electronic eBook
Published: Berkeley, Calif. : Nolo, 2003.
Edition:3rd ed.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • How this book works. Who can use a basic will? ; About probate and taxes ; Can you safely use this book? ; Real life ; Considerations for parents of minor children ; Legal overview ; How to proceed
  • Your beneficiaries. Categories of beneficiaries ; Shared gifts ; Survivorship period ; Simultaneous death ; Imposing limits on your gifts ; Disinheritance ; If you want to explain your decisions
  • Property ownership. Basic rules for giving away property ; Taking stock of your property ; The beneficiary worksheet ; Types of property ownership ; Marital property
  • Children. Naming a personal guardian ; Managing minors' property ; Other concerns about children
  • Your executor. Choosing your executor ; No bond required
  • Estate planning. What is probate? ; Avoiding probate ; Reducing federal estate taxes ; Second marriages ; Other property control matters ; Incapacity
  • Preparing the draft of your will. Determine your family situation ; How to proceed if you have children (or plan to leave property to young people) ; How to proceed if you're not a parent and aren't leaving property of significant value to young people ; Instructions for married person using form 1 ; Instructions for parents (or people leaving property to children) using forms 3 or 5 ; Instructions for people who don't have children
  • Preparing your final will. Getting your draft ready for typing ; Word process or type your will ; Signing and witnessing your will ; Self-proving affidavits ; Sample completed will, including self-proving affidavid ; Letters of explanation
  • Storing and copying your will. Storing your will ; Making copies of your will
  • Changing or revoking your will. When to make a new will ; Making simple changes in your will by codicil ; Revoking your will
  • Going further. Other will-writing options ; For general information on estate planning ; Probate-avoiding living trusts ; Creating an "AB" or marital life estate trust for estate tax savings ; Creating documents for healthcare ; Creating a durable power of attorney for finances ; Using lawyers
  • Appendix.