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How much does a will cost?

And how can you make yours as affordable as possible?

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It’s easy to postpone making a will. But just like choosing the right life insurance policy (ahem), making a will is an important part of estate planning to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of. Think of it as a legal roadmap, pointing the way to fulfilling your wishes when you’re not around to voice them.

Making a will is important, and sounds daunting, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Read on to learn more about how to make a will, what a will costs, and how to check this piece of financial planning off your list.

In this article:

What is a will and why do you need one?

Understanding the basics of a will

A will, in its simplest form, is a legal document that spells out your wishes regarding the distribution of your assets and the care of any minor children. Think of it as a detailed letter to your loved ones, providing clarity on how you’d like things to be handled after your departure.

It’s essential to ensure your will is clear, concise, and free from any ambiguity. This way, you’re not leaving your family with financial puzzles to solve during an already-challenging time.

Wills can include several parts:

The significance of having a will

Having a will goes beyond asset distribution. It’s about leaving a legacy, a clear message of love and care for those you leave behind. You need to prepare a will or else the state steps in, and decisions about your assets might be made without considering your personal wishes or your family’s unique needs. The best way to avoid having your family go through the impersonal legal mechanics of doling out your assets while they grieve is to plan ahead.

What does a will cost?

The cost of a will can vary quite a bit. Here’s what you need to know.

Average costs and factors influencing them

The general consensus  is that, on average, drafting a simple will with an attorney can range anywhere from $300 to $1,000. Complex wills can be even more expensive, but you can think of the cost as an investment in your family’s well-being after you die.

The all-in price also can fluctuate based on your location, the complexity of your assets, and the attorney’s experience.

Making a will more affordable

Some people might balk at the idea of hiring a lawyer to create a legal document. It sounds scary and expensive. The good news? It doesn’t have to be.

The rise of online estate planners

In the digital age, just as we’ve transitioned from paper bank statements to online financial dashboards, estate planning is also catching up. Online estate planners have emerged as a game-changer, offering a convenient and often more affordable alternative to traditional methods. Platforms provide guided processes, so even if you’re not a legal expert, you can draft a will that aligns with your wishes.

Benefits of Trust & Will for eligible Haven Term policyholders

If you’re already a Haven Life customer, here’s some good news for you. Eligible Haven Term policyholders can enjoy no-cost trust or will services from Trust & Will. It’s not just about saving money; it’s about making sure that you have access to quality services that make the process of drafting a will seamless and stress-free.

You begin by choosing a will or a trust. Normally, the will costs $159 for an individual, or $259 for a couple, so this is a nice savings for eligible policyholders with access to the Haven Life Plus bonus rider. The will service includes a living will and power of attorney authorization.

Unavoidable costs in will creation

Creating your estate plan can come with a cost. Hiring an attorney to make or review estate planning documents for you and your family members can be a good idea, but they typically charge more than reputable online services. Here’s what to consider.

When complex financial situations arise

Drafting a will with more complex financial situations might bring additional challenges. Owning multiple properties, having investments in various assets, or managing a business can complicate the will-making process. In such scenarios, a one-size-fits-all approach might not cut it. Your attorney will rack up more billable hours sorting through all the facets of your asset picture.

Tailoring a will to fit these intricate financial landscapes can sometimes come with a higher price tag, but it ensures that every asset is accounted for and distributed according to your wishes. However, if you have a lot of assets, it may be time to update from a will to a trust.

The need for personal consultations

While online platforms have made will creation more accessible, there are times when a personal touch is irreplaceable. In some cases, you might be able to reach out to your online service and set up a time to talk through anything that’s tricky or confusing. In other cases, you might require a face-to-face consultation with a legal professional.

Whether you opt for an online platform or a traditional attorney, make sure that the service aligns with your financial picture and personal wishes.

Discover the benefits of Haven Life

Making a will is an essential part of long-term financial planning. So is having a life insurance policy in place, so your loved ones have financial protection in place in case the worst should happen to you. If you have dependents — that is, children or a partner or spouse who depends on you to pay for things — a life insurance policy is a prudent thing to have.

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