Can I prepare my own will?

Yes, but this is not recommended. Without professional guidance and advice it may not be legally sufficient to be admitted to probate.  "Do it yourself Wills", often do not contain all the necessary components that are required by law.

Resources for Writing Wills

  1. If you are over the age of 60 take advantage of Gloucester County’s Free Wills for Seniors Program. Call 856-384-6900 for more information. 
  2. If you’re a veteran under the age of 60 take advantage of the Gloucester County’s Free Wills for Veterans program. Call 856-401-7660 for more information. 
  3. All others should contact an attorney. Call Lawyer Referral at 856-853-4589.

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1. What is a Surrogate?
2. What is it meant to probate?
3. Are wills registered?
4. How do I begin the probate process?
5. Do I need an appointment?
6. What if there is no will?
7. What is the purpose of a surety bond and why is it required?
8. How do I get released from the surety bond?
9. How is distribution made if there is no will?
10. Without a will, how much is the surviving spouse entitled to?
11. What paperwork is necessary for a small estate when the decedent died without a will?
12. What information should I collect?
13. What is a Surrogate short certificate?
14. How many Surrogate short certificates will I need?
15. I am Power of Attorney; does this mean I can access the estate assets?
16. Where can I get more death certificates?
17. What are the basic obligations of the Executor or Administrator?
18. Is it necessary to notice all beneficiaries and next of kin that the will was probated?
19. Where does the Executor / Administrator obtain the funds to pay debts?
20. Do I have to pay all claims?
21. Am I entitled to compensation for acting as the Executor or Administrator?
22. How do I get a will out of a safe deposit box?
23. What if the will is not properly executed?
24. What is a formal accounting?
25. Do I need a formal accounting?
26. Does a divorce revoke the entire will?
27. Can I prepare my own will?
28. Where should I keep my will?
29. Do I still need a will even if I have a small estate?
30. What is a living trust?