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Julie Garber

How Much Does a Simple Will Cost?

By August 19, 2013

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A couple of times a month I'm asked, "How much does a simple will cost?" This question always makes me laugh. Why on earth does anyone think that in this day and age of blended families, broken families, estranged families and dysfunctional families, a will can be simple? Figuring out what your will should say is like peeling back the layers of an onion - as each layer is taken away, a new one appears, and with each layer comes a new wrinkle or issue that needs to be discussed and then planned for or planned around.

So, my answer to the question "How much does a simple will cost?" is simple - there isn't such a thing as a "simple" will.

March 2, 2014 at 8:30 am
(1) Opal Crist says:

So glad a “simple” will makes you laugh. There is only me and my grandson so he gets everything (which isn’t much). Ha Ha – so laugh!

March 2, 2014 at 9:51 am
(2) Julie Ann Garber, Esq. says:

Hi Opal, is your grandson a minor? If so, who is going to be the executor to pay your bills and settle your estate and who is going to take care of your grandson until he reaches 18 (legally he can’t be the executor or manage his inheritance if he is under 18)? If he is over 18, then is he responsible enough to pay your bills and settle your estate and then manage his inheritance? In my experience situations that a first glance appear to be simple rarely end up being so.

Best regards,

Julie Ann Garber, Esq.
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