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Your Two Options

Standard Estate Plan

  • Last Will and Testament - Create a perfect, lawyer-approved legal Will from the comfort of your home

Premium Estate Plan

  • Last Will and Testament - Create a perfect, lawyer-approved legal Will from the comfort of your home

  • Funeral Wishes - Document your funeral wishes and organ donation preferences

  • Power of Attorney for Finances

  • Living Will (Power of Attorney for Health Care)

  • Life Locker & Digital Vault

Trusted by over 2 million people.

For over 24 years, America's leading provider of online Wills, Power of Attorney, and Living Wills.

Product Details

Here is a list of the services we provide.

MyWill - Write a Last Will and Testament

Chances are you don't have a Will. If you do, when did you last update it?

Here you create your Last Will and Testament, custom-made for your local jurisdiction. This lets you describe how you wish your estate to be distributed.

Who will care for your children?  Who inherits your house, your money, or your prized baseball card collection? Our online wizard will step you through answering these very important questions, and more.

All questions are written in plain language, so you don't have to be a legal expert to create your own Will.

There is also plenty of supplementary information to help answer all of your questions.

MyLivingWill - Specify Your Health Care Directives

It is important to dictate your preferences regarding any medical treatment that you will receive in order to prolong your life, when death is inevitable.

Medical staff are obliged to preserve a patient's life without necessarily considering the financial or emotional concerns of the patient or their loved ones.

Specify what medical treatments should be withheld or attempted if you are unable to communicate your wishes yourself.

This service allows you to create your Living Will (also called a Power of Attorney for Health Care), custom-made for your local jurisdiction.

MyPowerOfAttorney - Create a Power Of Attorney

What will happen to your financial affairs if you become incapacitated? Everyone should have a valid Power Of Attorney.

USLegalWills.com lets you name a trusted person to handle particular personal or business matters as specified by you.

You can also determine when this role will come into effect.

MyLifeLocker - Store your important personal information

Store personal information critical to be passed on to your family and Executor.  Keep all of your important information documented in one place, so that your Executor and Keyholders® can administer your estate easily and effectively.  Anyone who has to organize, manage and safeguard personal information will find MyLifeLocker invaluable.

The work of an Executor is challenging.  They must gather your assets and contact the important people in your life.  It is important that your Executor can find all of your assets including bank accounts, possessions, property, and even online accounts.  You can make this task easy by tracking this information in MyLifeLocker.  Store your important information securely and nominate Keyholders® who can access the information at the appropriate time.

MyLifeLocker is the perfect solution.  First, it puts everything important to you in one central place, so that no matter what happens, all your life details are located in one spot.  Secondly, having MyLifeLocker gives you incredible peace-of-mind.  Those hundreds of little details swirling around can be retrieved easily – whether it's by you today or tomorrow, or by someone close to you at some point in the future.

MyLifeLocker creates a safe repository of your important personal information.  Enjoy peace-of-mind, knowing that if something happens to you, your family can easily find the information they need.

MyVault - Upload your important digital assets

Do you have a spreadsheet that includes all of your accounts and passwords? Maybe you have been working on a novel, or have some family recipes. Perhaps you have photographs of your great grandparents. Do you have copies of your insurance policies and deeds to your property?

There are countless legal, personal and financial "digital assets" that need to get to the right people at the right time (and not before). You can do this using MyVault.

MyFuneral - Document Your Funeral Wishes

Do you wish to be buried or cremated? In which cemetery? Where would you like your ashes to go? Open casket or closed? Who do you want to be there? Would you prefer people to celebrate your life, or reflect on your passing? How do you feel about organ donation? How much should be spent?

Don't force these decisions on a loved one at a time when they are emotionally vulnerable. Specifying your funeral wishes is a thoughtful act.

Let us worry about getting your wishes to your designated friend or family member when the time is right.

MyMessages - Prepare Final Messages

Chances are you will not have an opportunity to share some final thoughts and make any important statements before you pass away.

You might want to express thanks to people who influenced your life, share some secrets, or tell people what you really thought. Do you have a secret that should only be discovered after you have gone?

Every member can write messages to their family, friends, colleagues or even strangers. You can even choose the media and delivery method of your choice. They are then released by your Keyholder® at the appropriate time.

Trusted by over 2 million people.

For over 24 years, America's leading provider of online Wills, Power of Attorney, and Living Wills.

How Does It Work?

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The Member creates their documents for the MyWill, MyExpatWill, MyLivingWill, MyPowerOfAttorney, MyLifeLocker, MyVault, MyFuneral, MyMessages and other services, and names at least one close friend or family member as their Keyholder®. The documents are stored on the USLegalWills.com secure server, and paper copies can also be printed.
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The member's Keyholder(s)® are notified of their responsibilities and given a secure ID to be used for accessing the member's documents at the appropriate time. If the member wishes, they can also send each Keyholder® their secure ID printed onto a plastic wallet card for safe keeping.
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The member can continue to make unlimited updates to their documents on the USLegalWills.com server.
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When the member becomes mentally incapacitated or passes away, the member's Keyholder(s)® request to view the member's documents on the server. To prevent premature access to the member's documents, an automatic notification is sent to the member explaining that a Keyholder® is attempting to view their documents.
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If the member does not respond to the notification within a period of time specified by the member, then the documents are released to the member's Keyholder(s)®.

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Frequently asked questions

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Can I create legal documents using this site?

Our services can be used to generate a custom-made Will, Power of Attorney and Living Will in the United States (except Louisiana).

In order to make these into legal documents, you should first print them, and read them thoroughly. Make sure that they accurately reflect your wishes and that you understand everything that is contained in the documents. According to the current laws in most jurisdictions, in order to be a legal document your Will must be signed in the presence of at least two witnesses, and the two witnesses must also sign the Will, in the presence of the "testator" (yourself) and in the presence of each other. You and the witnesses should also initial each page, so that it is not possible to alter any pages after the Will has been signed. In most jurisdictions, a witness cannot be a beneficiary of the Will, they cannot be the spouse of a beneficiary (at the time of signing), they cannot be a minor, and, like the "testator" (you), they must be of sound mind. There is no legal requirement to use the services of a lawyer or have the document notarized in order to create a legal Will, Power of Attorney or Living Will in the United States.

More details on the process to be followed for creating a legal document are included in the help text of the MyWill™ and MyExpatWill™ services. If these instructions are followed, then your Will is a legally binding document.

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What makes USLegalWills.com different from other websites and do-it-yourself kits?

For an informative and eye-opening comparison of the MyWill™ service to do-it-yourself legal will kits, read about it here

What makes us different from other websites and kits?  Quite frankly, there is no comparison.  Here are just a few reasons why:

  • We have designed our Legal Will creation service to be of the best quality available today.   We have evaluated many existing do-it-yourself kits and web-based services, including several of the most popular American legal will kits. We were shocked by the poor quality, limited instructions, and low value for money that many of these do-it-yourself kits provide consumers. 

  • Incredible value for money.   Our membership pricing model allows us to provide you with the most value for your money at prices that are unprecedented in the legal industry. We worked with lawyers to bring you this service, and we paid for their legal services so you don't have to. 

  • Plain language help and instructions.  In addition, all of our services provide you with complete instructions and answer your questions in everyday language, free of legal industry jargon.  We have developed our services based on the requirements of the public, not dictated by the legal profession.  Our wizards, help and information are also designed to be the best on the market and are kept up-to-date on an ongoing basis.  

  • Create your Will from the comfort of your own home.  No lawyer required.  Our unique approach allows you to make use of the ultimate convenience of the Internet to write your Will at your own pace, online, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and to make changes online at any time free of charge. 

  • Free unlimited updates.  Don't pay a lawyer every time you need to update your Will. We allow your Will to be kept securely online so that you can make free unlimited updates for as long as you are a member.

  • You can still have it reviewed by a lawyer. We have worked with lawyers in the United States to bring you the MyWill™ and MyExpatWill™ services and to ensure that they are of the highest quality. But if you wish, we can still arrange for your Will to be reviewed by one of our lawyers, who will check the document for consistency and completeness.

  • The Keyholder® Advantage. You can take advantage of our unique messaging service which allows you to describe the exact location of your Will and to provide a detailed list of assets for your Executor. All for no extra charge. When you pass away, let us worry about communicating this information to the people you specify. There is simply no other company that provides such a complete and convenient service to their customers. For more information, read about The Keyholder® Advantage.

  • We employ a strong focus on protecting the privacy and security of your information.  We use industry standard encryption algorithms for storing all of your private information, and the design of our services ensures that the contents of your information are made available to the specific people designated by yourself, and only at the appropriate time. 

  • Keep informed and up to date.  If you wish, we can inform you by email about any changes in legislation which may have occurred in your jurisdiction that may require changes to your Will.  Or we can send you simple email reminders, no more than once a year, to remind you to consider updating your Will if any significant changes have occurred in your life.  

Other websites and do-it-yourself kits simply do not compare.

"I used your service to write a Will for my dear wife Christine who passed away this year. The Will was easy to fill out and very straightforward. I never had one problem arise because of the Will."
--- Keith Sutton   Read more testimonials

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Why are you so much cheaper than a lawyer?

We do not provide you with legal advice. We are giving you direct access to the same software that lawyers use to prepare their documents, but you are doing it yourself. In our opinion, lawyers significantly overcharge for most estate planning documents as they are inputting your information into software that generates documents like a Will for them. We do the exact same thing. However, if you need custom clauses written to cover an unusual situation, we cannot do that, and we recommend that you seek legal advice. For example, if you have a child with special needs, they would need a trust written for their inheritance. We don't do that.

For a more thorough explanation, please read our blog article: How much does a Will cost? And why?.

In most cases, a document written using our service will be word-for-word identical to one prepared by a lawyer.

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Do I need a Will?

Here are a few common reasons that people indicate there is no point in writing a Will:

  • "I don't really care who gets my estate.  I'll be gone anyway."
    Without a Will, your property may not go to the people that you wish to benefit. In most countries there is a law that decides how property should be distributed if a person dies 'intestate' (without a Will). The actual administration of your estate will also be complicated and difficult. The courts will usually decide who will act as a personal representative or 'executor' for distributing your possessions, and the laws in your local jurisdiction will determine who will get what. This may lead to acrimonious legal disputes between your survivors. Note that if you have no heirs, all of your assets, property and possessions can pass to your local government. The effort required to draft your Will is insignificant compared to the difficulties that dying without a Will presents to your survivors.
  • "It's obvious who will get my estate.  It will go to my spouse."
    Local laws will determine who will receive your possessions, which may or may not reflect your intentions. If you die without a Will and you are married, your assets will not automatically go to your surviving spouse.  Local laws may determine that others, including children, may be entitled to a share.  This will be determined by the laws of "Intestate Succession" which vary from state to state, province to province, country to country, and will frequently lead to messy legal cases.
  • "I don't have an estate of any value."
    Even if you don't believe that you have an estate of any value, your death itself may generate a sizeable benefit.  For example, your beneficiaries may be entitled to the proceeds of a life insurance claim, a wrongful death suit, a claim in the event of some negligence resulting in your death.  These can be significant sums of money.

Quite clearly, there is never a situation where a Will is unnecessary.  In many cases, this can be a simple declaration of your wishes for how your estate should be distributed, and this can be achieved by working through the MyWill™ wizard on this website.  You should draft a Will while you are still young and healthy, even if you don't feel that your assets are substantial.  There is absolutely no benefit in waiting until you are older.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of people do not have a Will. Some people feel that they do not need one because of one of the above reasons.  Others find it to be too time consuming to get organized, find a lawyer, arrange appointments and attend meetings during their already busy schedules. Many feel that the lawyers' fees surrounding the creation and maintenance of a Will are too expensive.  

Whatever your reason may be, you should know that it is extremely important that you have an up to date Will. If you die without a Will, the courts will decide how your estate is distributed, and this may not be in the best interests of your loved ones. It is impossible for us to know how your estate will be distributed, but we do know that if you have a Will, then the decisions are in your hands.

To die without a Will is irresponsible and places a tremendous burden on your survivors.  Do not put it off any longer.

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Can I make a joint Will?

A joint Will is a single document, signed by "co-testators" (usually spouses), intended to reflect the wishes of both parties. This is generally considered to be an extremely bad idea, and probably worse than having no Will at all. Often, the intent of a joint Will is to declare that each person would leave everything to the surviving partner, and in the event that both partners are victims of a common disaster, everything would go to their children. The problem is that it is unclear whether a surviving partner can revoke a joint Will and many messy legal cases have arisen as a result of this confusion. 

In short, do not make a joint Will, as there could be problems if either party changes their mind, or wishes to amend the Will.  There may also be problems if the surviving spouse tries to make any changes to a joint Will, as they may be bound to the original terms.  Furthermore, there is no reason to create a joint Will, as there is no disadvantage to drawing up a separate Will for each partner.

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Why should I trust USLegalWills.com with my personal information?

All of your information stored at USLegalWills.com is private, safe and secure.  Your information is so highly encrypted that nobody has access to this information other than yourself and your trusted Keyholders® using their randomly generated personal key.  Even the owners and administrators of USLegalWills.com are not able to access your private information due to the software design and encryption methods used.

We also provide 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) and recommend that all members turn on this feature within their account, to protect against unauthorized access. 2FA works by adding an additional layer of security to your online account. It requires an additional login credential – beyond just the UserID and Password – to gain account access. Getting that second credential requires access to something that belongs to you, such as a cell phone and/or a personal email address.

Note, however, that some services require temporary decryption of a member's documents as part of the operation of providing that service.  For example, if the member wants to have their Will reviewed by one of our legal professionals, or wants to have their documents printed and mailed to them, then the software will automatically decrypt these documents as part of the member's instructions to have these services performed.

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Can I also create a Power of Attorney or Living Will?

Yes.  A Power of Attorney (also known as a Power of Attorney for Finances) and Living Will (also known as a Power of Attorney for Health Care), are very important documents that should be created and updated at the same time as your Will.

This website allows you to create a Will, Expatriate Will, Power of Attorney and Living Will.

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How secure is it?

This website uses state-of-the-art digital encryption and security technologies to protect your privacy and security.  All data passing from your computer to this website is authenticated and encrypted using 256-bit "SSL encryption".  This is the most advanced level of encryption available today, and it means that any information sent from your computer is scrambled in a way which makes it completely unintelligible if intercepted.  When you are on a secure section within the website (i.e. after you have logged in as a member), a padlock will appear on your web browser.  This is your assurance that the encryption is in place and that you are communicating across a secure link.

Furthermore, this website uses an industry standard high security streaming-encryption algorithm known as "RSA" to encrypt all of your information before it is stored online.  RSA is a public-key cryptosystem developed by MIT professors Ronald Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman. To give you a feeling for the level of security provided by this encryption, it has been estimated that with the most efficient algorithms known to date, it would take a computer operating at 1 million instructions per second over 300 quintillion years (that's 3 with 20 zeros behind it!) to break the encryption. That's several trillion times longer than the age of the Earth.

We also provide 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) and recommend that all members turn on this feature within their account, to protect against unauthorized access. 2FA works by adding an additional layer of security to your online account. It requires an additional login credential – beyond just the UserID and Password – to gain account access. Getting that second credential requires access to something that belongs to you, such as a cell phone and/or a personal email address.

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Can my information get destroyed or lost?

All of our data is securely stored in a highly encrypted format on database servers in the USA. To protect against catastrophic data loss, daily backups are performed on each of our servers. Hence, if any one of our servers experienced technical difficulties, the data would not be at risk.

Furthermore, physical protection of our primary systems includes:

  • Fire detection and fire suppression systems with dry pipe pre-action sprinkler systems
  • N + 1 redundant power supplies, providing dual power feeds and backup batteries, water coolant systems and generators
  • N + 1 redundant climate control, providing primary and backup chiller units, cooling towers, and water storage
  • Local network operations center (NOC) for monitoring all data center operations
  • 24x7 monitoring and support of network connection and server availability
  • 24x7 uniformed guard service with interior and exterior closed-circuit television surveillance
  • Electronic access at all data center entrances, including biometric hand scanners
  • Electronic key management systems and individually keyed cabinets

As you can see, we take the security and privacy of all of our member information very seriously.

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Do I need a lawyer?

There is no requirement to use the services of a lawyer or notary public to prepare your own legal Last Will and Testament. The law that defines the legality of a Will is written specifically for each Province, State and Country, but in summary the law requires that the Will is written on a piece of paper and signed in the presence of two witnesses who cannot be beneficiaries to the Will. Lawyers can certainly help you to prepare your Will, but everybody has a legal right to write their own Will. If you create a document using our service, it must be printed, signed and witnessed according to our instructions, and then it becomes a legal Last Will and Testament.