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Old Yesterday, 02:06 PM
 
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My biggest problem so far in getting a Will together so things get done when I'm gone has been trying to find two people to be witnesses who are not named in the Will. Other than that, small, simple estate. Mostly money accounts with beneficiaries or already set to "Transfer on Death." I just need somebody for the hospital or the cop or ambulance crew that finds me to be notified then notify everybody else, go through my place and throw everything out maybe see the car.

There's not much stuff or much to do now and if I get another 20-25 yrs there will be even less to deal with.
In fact I just talked with an estate administrator and they said the Will in my case is mainly just to designate a person to notify. Nearly everything else is s fait accompli
You can use anyone as a witness—neighbors, friends, the secretary in your doctor’s office, people working at the post office—
Anyone who is willing to witness you signing the will—
They don’t need to know what it includes

Our attorney had two people paid to be witnesses come to his office—
Look at our IDs and witness us signing our wills and other documents like power of attorney
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Old Yesterday, 02:16 PM
 
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i would never ever do a will on my own after experiencing not one but two wills in life with defective wording
Were those wills done by a lawyer?
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Old Yesterday, 03:47 PM
 
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Were those wills done by a lawyer?
yes but not estate attorneys ... both were done by lawyers who were just general practitioners and used canned documents .
these were two different people


our estate attorney saw the issues in a flash
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Old Yesterday, 03:51 PM
 
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You can use anyone as a witness—neighbors, friends, the secretary in your doctor’s office, people working at the post office—
Anyone who is willing to witness you signing the will—
They don’t need to know what it includes

Our attorney had two people paid to be witnesses come to his office—
Look at our IDs and witness us signing our wills and other documents like power of attorney
witness's should be young and healthy people ..... you never know when your heirs may need to find them .
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Old Yesterday, 04:26 PM
 
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witness's should be young and healthy people ..... you never know when your heirs may need to find them .
Yes—and our witnesses had their names/contact info on part of the documentation I think
This was done via attorney
You should also use people who are adults—
I know that might seen obvious but...
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Old Yesterday, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Rust'n in Tustin
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My dad left my son his mechanics tool box. Things soured with the family after my dad passed from cancer, the tool box was sold by my mother. My son was devastated. He was the apple of both of my parents eyes, never thought my mother would do this to him but she did because my 2 siblings told her to...
Imagine how happy your son and your dad would have been if he'd had given him the tool box while he was still alive?

Me, I'll probably die with nothing left but real estate and and investments, because I give away my personal property like candy to my grandkids.

They're happy and I'm happy. Win/win.
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Old Yesterday, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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And it costs money to create a trust
A trust can be set up incorrectly just like a will can contain faulty wording
A trust usually requires paying an administrator a fee in relation to the time and effort to administer the trust
My attorney (wife) does trusts for about $1500 to $2000. You avoid the cost of probate, which could be well in excess of tens of 1000s of dollars. Plus probate could take a year or two to distribute the estate. With a trust the distribution could be as quick as 41 days in most states. But of course you’ll be dead so it won’t matter to you.
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Old Yesterday, 05:49 PM
 
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You can use anyone as a witness—neighbors, friends, the secretary in your doctor’s office, people working at the post office—
Anyone who is willing to witness you signing the will—
See, the boldface is the hard part. I cannot ask someone I hardly know to do something like this.

BUT... I was thinking of going to a lawyer instead of using Legal Zoom or one of the online "will makers" simply because I figure he can rustle up some warm bodies as professional witnesses. I'm sure lawyers have these people on retainer the way Perry Mason always hired Paul Drake do his foot work for him.

With a short, sweet, uncomplicated will it shouldn't cost much more than the $100 or so bucks Legal Zoom charges

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Old Yesterday, 07:41 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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My biggest problem so far in getting a Will together so things get done when I'm gone has been trying to find two people to be witnesses who are not named in the Will. Other than that, small, simple estate. Mostly money accounts with beneficiaries or already set to "Transfer on Death." I just need somebody for the hospital or the cop or ambulance crew that finds me to be notified then notify everybody else, go through my place and throw everything out maybe see the car.

There's not much stuff or much to do now and if I get another 20-25 yrs there will be even less to deal with.
In fact I just talked with an estate administrator and they said the Will in my case is mainly just to designate a person to notify. Nearly everything else is s fait accompli
This is why I went to a lawyer and got a trust instead of. I couldn’t find anybody to witness, I guess I could use my neighbors, but I was wondering whether the witness has to be alive or dead. At least at the lawyers office, there are multiple people.
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Old Yesterday, 07:48 PM
 
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This is why I went to a lawyer and got a trust instead of. I couldn’t find anybody to witness, I guess I could use my neighbors, but I was wondering whether the witness has to be alive or dead. At least at the lawyers office, there are multiple people.
How is a trust easier than a simple will with "professional guest witnesses"? And with a trust vs will, who is the executor or whatever it's called in this case? There still needs to be a body with legal authority to start pushing the right buttons when you're gone
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