No two wills are exactly the same. After all, what’s important to each of us–and who’s important to each of us–are major factors when we’re creating our wills and crafting our estate plans.
Beyond what belongings, heirlooms, money, and property we want to distribute, we each have different family members and friends we want to leave something to when we pass on. The following will forms and templates were created specifically for the most common estate planning scenarios. Simply choose the one that meets your needs and follow our step-by-step instructions to create the will that’s right for you and your family.
This will has been tailored for parents (married or single) with a child or children under 18. It has the major provisions of all wills---such as who will receive your property---as well as specific portions regarding your underage children, such as the designation of a caretaker. Keep in mind that this will remains valid after your children become adults, discounting the portions about guardianship of your children when they are minors.
Similar to the will for parents with minor children, the will for re-married people with minor children contains provisions for children from either marriage. In other words, if you have children from your previous marriage and/or children from your current marriage, this will allows you to designate who will have the responsibility for those children, which children receive which property, and more.
If you’re a grandparent with a trust for your grandchild(ren), this will has been crafted for your situation. The will for grandparents with a grandchildren’s trust also allows for distributions to your spouse, adult children, friends, charities, and others. If you have recently become a grandparent and already have a legal will, you can also consider creating a codicil to will, which allows you to make certain changes to your existing estate plan.
If your child or children have left the nest---or at least if they’re considered legal adults---the will for parents of adult children may be right for your situation. You won’t have to designate guardianship or responsibility for your children, of course, but you’ll still be able to leave them whatever property and belongings you might choose to set aside.
Much like will for re-married parents with minor children, this document allows you to make specific provisions for specific children from your current or previous marriage. But, since your children are legal adults, you won’t have to worry about selecting a guardian. You can of course still distribute property to your current or former spouse, as well as any other people or entities you wish, such as your parents, friends, or a charity of your choosing.
When you’ve tied the knot, it’s natural to start thinking about the future. The will for married people with no children lets you do just that, allowing you to distribute your belongings to your parents, friends, charities, and of course, your spouse. If, in the future, you do end up having children, it’s recommended you either create a new will or update your existing one with a codicil.
Just because you’re not married and you don’t have kids doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a will. The will for single people skips the questions about your spouse, children, and grandchildren, and, in the end, takes far less time that the wills of with children. You can still designate an executor and leave property to the important people and entities in your life---your parents, friends, and favorite charities, for example---but no provisions for children are included in this will.
This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.