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Looking For A Blank Copy For A Will Acceptable In Any State


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I'm posting this in Claims/Research/Benefits as it will probably get viewed more here.

Does anyone have a blank copy of an acceptable Last Will and Testament for any state ?

If so, is it possible to scan and post it here.

I can get blank forms, from VA for a Living Will and Designation of Medical Surrogate

but I'm looking for a blank Last Will and Testament.

I feel it is important for all people to have this filled out and of record.

Thanks,

carlie

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Its not free but I have bought blank legal forms from Office Depot for what I remember a reasonable amount

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This site might have what you need Carlie.

http://www.freelinks.com/forms/will.php

It pays to check out the laws for the state you live in as some wills can be challenged due to state laws.

For example some states require all children to be named in a will -but as long as they are left $1.00 they then cannot challenge a will that leaves most of the money to other beneficiaries.

Other states let one leave their money as they wish to anyone and can omit next of kin people.

Wills have to be filed with the County clerk or surrogate's office (forget where) when death occurs-but that is usually the first time the will (which goes to probate court) is actually revealed to any beneficiaries.At that time anyone can usually have public access to read the will.(In most states)

I used to work for lawyers and saw some odd stuff regarding wills.A vet who is going to do some work on my decks is having a heck of a time with his dad's will.He is the executor of estate

It was quite specific but his brothers are fighting over it all.They started fighting the night of the funeral.Fortunately he has a lawyer whop is setting them straight.

Death brings out the worse and the best in relatives.It always pays to have a will and to let the beneficiaries know where it is. (dont put it into a safe deposit box.the bank can freeze it with the assets)

I paid very little to have my lawyer handle my will and health care proxy. A lawyer handling it can often be the best bet.

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Thanks for the link Berta. I've bookmarked it for myself. I agree that everybody should have a will.

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I'm posting this in Claims/Research/Benefits as it will probably get viewed more here.

Does anyone have a blank copy of an acceptable Last Will and Testament for any state ?

If so, is it possible to scan and post it here.

I can get blank forms, from VA for a Living Will and Designation of Medical Surrogate

but I'm looking for a blank Last Will and Testament.

I feel it is important for all people to have this filled out and of record.

Thanks,

carlie

I don't know if you have found what you need, but "legal zoom" offers the forms. It is a web site created by Robert Scapiro who was one of OJ simpsons attorneys. Anyway try it, hope it helps.

Bergie

http://www.legalzoom.com/

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I don't know if you have found what you need, but "legal zoom" offers the forms. It is a web site created by Robert Scapiro who was one of OJ simpsons attorneys. Anyway try it, hope it helps.

Bergie

http://www.legalzoom.com/

yeah, I got a last will from one of those legal website for about $10.. it might have been on sale.. but still, shop around, there are several legal website, like legal zoom, legal zoom is a bit more expensive than some other websites with the same forms..

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I'm going to agree w/Berta in that death brings out the worst and best in all families. I also agree that you should hire an attorney, to handle the will. Actually, I suggest, if you own anything of value, outright, such as real property, you consider a revokable living trust, as it allows your beneficiary(s) immediate control, upon your death. Trying to avoid attorneys fees can cost in a long run. While purchasing online or general will forms online, unless they've been reviewed and approved by an attorney they could be invalid, causing your beneficairy(s) long delays in providing the benefits you desired. jmo

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You need a will and durable POA. It is worth the cost which is a few hundred bucks.

Death and/or incapacity does bring out the worst in people especially if there is money involved. In Florida you need a will, durable POA, living will, and a health care surrogate. Otherwise, someone besides your significant other may get involved in your life. This is something that lawyers do that is a bargain.

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I'm going to agree w/Berta in that death brings out the worst and best in all families. I also agree that you should hire an attorney, to handle the will. Actually, I suggest, if you own anything of value, outright, such as real property, you consider a revokable living trust, as it allows your beneficiary(s) immediate control, upon your death. Trying to avoid attorneys fees can cost in a long run. While purchasing online or general will forms online, unless they've been reviewed and approved by an attorney they could be invalid, causing your beneficairy(s) long delays in providing the benefits you desired. jmo

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You've made an excellent point here PR! Thanks for adding this valuable information.

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Thanks to all for your responses.

I'm seeking this information for several different veterans who are are not

motivated in most things in their life.

I'm just trying to help them get some things arranged and settled.

So far I've gotten two of them to set up and do pre-planning arrangements for their deaths, the funeral homes

and that they want to be cremated and their remains will go to Bay Pines National Cemetery.

Both of them have some family members in other states - but neither one of them have

any communication at all with their family members.

In a way it's selfish of me to try prodding them to do these things as both of them

are buddies with me.

I have fears of them being found deceased in their homes, killed on the road and no one to claim the bodies,

with no arrangements made and them just ending up unclaimed and in a paupers grave somewhere.

If I could stop having all of these morbid kind of thoughts and fears my life would be

so much easier.

I appreciate all of your help.

carlie

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Just a quick comment...

In Oregon a Last Will can't be just typed or written out and signed by the person. It HAS to be lawyer generated.

A holographic (sp) is illegal in Oregon.

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yeah, I got a last will from one of those legal website for about $10.. it might have been on sale.. but still, shop around, there are several legal website, like legal zoom, legal zoom is a bit more expensive than some other websites with the same forms..

Yeah, but with LegalZoom you get Bobby Shapiro, and he can perform legal miracles..............we saw one of them! :)

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LegalZoom is the way the we when! Like 80 bones for the will!

Keep up the great work Carlie!

B6

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LegalZoom is the way the we when! Like 80 bones for the will!

Keep up the great work Carlie!

B6

here is the one I used.. and I got it notorized..

http://www.makeyourwill.com/

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Retirees can also go to the local Judge Advocate's office and have a will drafted. Fairly cookie cutter, but at least you have a lawyer's help for free. Many guard/reserve units have a JA's that may be able to support retiree's as well. The Navy has civiliian JA's and provide a more customized will, including testementary trusts. I know the AF only provides a simple will.

Anyone know if TDIU/100% P&T have access to JA along with commissary/exchange?

As several have noted, suck it up and go see a lawyer. He/She will provide you with a self-proving will. If your will isn't self-proving, during probate the witnesses to the will will need to appear in court and attest to their signatures, etc. Also, a lawyer will draft the will so that it is valid in any state.

If you own property, have income (say, VA disability income) and are disabled and might become incapacited, the living trust, along with a springing durable healthcare power of attorney is ideal.

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Retirees can also go to the local Judge Advocate's office and have a will drafted. Fairly cookie cutter, but at least you have a lawyer's help for free. Many guard/reserve units have a JA's that may be able to support retiree's as well. The Navy has civiliian JA's and provide a more customized will, including testementary trusts. I know the AF only provides a simple will.

Anyone know if TDIU/100% P&T have access to JA along with commissary/exchange?

As several have noted, suck it up and go see a lawyer. He/She will provide you with a self-proving will. If your will isn't self-proving, during probate the witnesses to the will will need to appear in court and attest to their signatures, etc. Also, a lawyer will draft the will so that it is valid in any state.

If you own property, have income (say, VA disability income) and are disabled and might become incapacited, the living trust, along with a springing durable healthcare power of attorney is ideal.

I can handle this question for you, as I retired from USAF JAG (NCOIC, Civil Law and law office superintendent) and worked for Army JAG as a civilian and dealt with the issue during both jobs.

TDIU/100% P&T (hereafter "100% DAV") are not authorized legal assistance or notary services by virtue of their 100% status.

10 U.S.C. 1044 and 10 U.S.C. 1044a are the military's authority to provide legal assistance/notary, and 100% DAV

are not in the list of categories that Congress has authorized the military to support in that manner.

In my experience, 99.9999% of people who work at a legal office front desk would just think you were a dependent and provide you the service. You shouldn't test that, however, because:

1. There's a slim chance it could cause professional problems for the attorney/paralegal/notary who assisted you in good faith.

2. There's a larger chance that it could cause problems in settling your estate: A will prepared by military legal assistance is a "military testamentary instrument," and by federal law (10 U.S.C. 1044d) is exempt from state requirements of form, formality, or recording before probate, and has the same effect as a will prepared and executed in accordance with applicable State law. Because 100% DAV

are not authorized to have a "military testamentary instrument," this could provide grounds for someone to challenge your will: "Hey, it doesn't meet state requirements because it was prepared in violation of federal and state law!" Imagine the time and expense.

3. Your "notarized" documents wouldn't be validly notarized, because you wouldn't have been entitled to that service. Again, a potential legal train wreck.

One more piece of non-advice (since I'm not an attorney, none of this is advice): I would never download and fill out a "blank will form" from online and think I was covered. Each state has its own requirements for how a will must be prepared, executed and authenticated, and it's too important to leave to chance. Laws change, and some well-meaning websites don't change with them.

Respectfully,

Bill

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Bill:

Thank you for your non-advise. I made a Military Will for the State of Texas when I was in Basic Training they made us all do it.

A few years later my Lawyer looked at it and laughed and told me that I needed a better one.

I know for some its a lot but you can find a practicing lawyer who will charge between 125 and 200 if you look.

Good Luck

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I'm posting this in Claims/Research/Benefits as it will probably get viewed more here.

Does anyone have a blank copy of an acceptable Last Will and Testament for any state ?

If so, is it possible to scan and post it here.

I can get blank forms, from VA for a Living Will and Designation of Medical Surrogate

but I'm looking for a blank Last Will and Testament.

I feel it is important for all people to have this filled out and of record.

Thanks,

carlie

Carlie -I purchased My Attorney at Best Buy-has hundred of forms paid fifty and get a 25 rebate- -most forms just have to be notarized thats all-

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