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Create Your Own WIll

Writing a Will doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. A Will is a legal document designating the transfer of your property and assets after you die, and can be written by any person over the age of 18 who is of sound mind and memory. Most people don’t know that planning and preparing a Will can be quite simple. The end of your life is probably not something you want to think about but making important decisions about the disposition of assets and possessions after your death is very important. Preparing a Will is a simple way to make sure that your funds and property will be distributed according to your wishes.

Many people delay writing a Will because they think it will be very expensive or difficult, that it is unnecessary because their possessions will automatically pass to their spouse or kids or because they don’t want to think about their own death. Writing a Will is extremely important for all adults regardless of wealth, marital status or age. A simple Will can be prepared for most general situation using a book of forms, an online resource, or our Legal Forms database. If your situation is more complex, you may need the help of an attorney. Also, please note that these tools are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Specific questions regarding your estate plan should be directed to a qualified attorney or estate planning professional.

We have many books at the library to help you get started, a couple titles to look for are Your Indiana Wills, Trusts, & Estates Explained Simply: important Information you need to know for Indiana residents by Linda Ashar, The Will and Living Will Toolkit by Daniel Sitarz and Nolo’s Simple Will Book by Denis Clifford. Once you understand what is needed to complete a will you can refer to our Indiana Legal forms database for the necessary forms.

You can use Indiana Legal Forms from your home or from the library. This resource provides blank forms covering a variety of topics, including bankruptcy, divorce, name change, power of attorney, real estate and estate planning as well as wills. Most forms can be directly edited and printed. Follow the steps below to get to the database

Accessing Indiana Legal forms from the Library:

- Click on the database link from any sit down computer
- Click on Indiana Law and Administrative Rules
- Click on Indiana Legal Forms
- Click on Gale Legal Forms
- Follow the online instructions

Accessing Indiana Legal Forms from Home:

- Begin from the Library’s Website: www.carmel.lib.in.us
- Click Online Databases from the menu at the left
- Scroll down the list of databases and click Indiana Legal forms
- Follow the online instructions.

For further questions please stop by the Reference Desk or call 844-3362.