[Pt.] 1. Making your own will. What a will can do for you ; Dying without a will ; The human element ; How to get the most from this book ; Will you need a lawyer? ; A look at a basic will -- [Pt.] 2. An overview of wills. How to make a valid will ; Types of wills ; Explanatory letters ; What happens to your property after you die --[Pt.] 3. Special property rules for married people. Community property states ; Common law states ; Common law states ; If you move to another state -- [Pt.] 4. Taking inventory of your property. List and describe your property (column 1) ; State how your property is owned (column 2) ; List your percentage of shared property (column 3) ; Estimate the net value of your property (column 4) -- [Pt.] 5. Your beneficiaries. Types of beneficiaries ; Putting restrictions on beneficiaries ; Deciding how to leave your property ; Naming beneficiaries to share gifts ; Naming alternate beneficiaries ; Naming residuary beneficiaries ; Explaining your gifts ; Survivorship periods ; Simultaneous death ; Using the beneficiary worksheet ; Disinheritance ; Property you no longer own at your death -- [Pt.] 6. Choosing your executor. Responsibilities of an executor ; How to choose your executor ; Naming a successor executor ; Naming an executor for another state ; Executor worksheet -- [Pt.] 7. Children. Providing for your minor children ; Custody of your minor child ; Management of your children's property ; How to use the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act in your will ; How to create a family pot trust or child's trust ; Choosing a property guardian ; Leaving property to the children of others -- [Pt.] 8. Debts and taxes. When to bother about last debts and taxes ; Who pays debts after your death? ; Choosing specific assets to pay debts ; State and federal death taxes -- [Pt.] 9. Basic form wills ; What you can accomplish with a basic will ; Making a customized will ; After you've prepared your will -- [Pt.] 10. Making a fill-in the blanks will. Getting started ; Filling in the will form ; Sample fill-in basic will ; Preparing your final will -- [Pt.] 11. Making a customized will. How to prepare your will ; Will clauses -- [Pt.] 12. Making your will legal. Signing and witnessing your will ; 'Self-proving' wills: using a notary public ; After your will is completed -- [Pt.] 13. Changing or revoking your will. Revising your will or revoking it ; Making simple changes in your will by codicil ; Revoking your will -- [Pt.] 14. Estate planning. Probate ; Probate avoidance methods ; Estate taxes ; Placing controls on property ; Planning for incapacity: durable powers of attorney -- [Pt.] 15. Lawyers and doing your own legal research. Working with a lawyer ; Doing your own research ; Legal information online
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