Wills & Trusts FAQ's

Can I save the will I've started and finish completing it later?

Yes! You can always come back later to complete your document or return to update it if you need to make edits, 100% for free.

If you already have a verified account and password with FreeWill, you can log in with your credentials and make your edits.

If not, then begin the process again with the same email address you originally used. You'll then be asked to verify your email address and set a password. Once this is done, you'll be able to log in to re-access your document for completion or edits.

Can I print out a form and complete it offline, or do I need to enter my information online?

Unfortunately, we don't offer blank forms to fill out. Many of our users go through the online tool's question-and-answer process once to get a feel for things, look at the sample output, and then go back to modify it. You'll notice that we never ask for very private information like social security numbers, and our website is highly secure for the information you provide us. 

I only have a few assets to leave to anyone. Does it still make sense for me to have a will?

Yes! Estate planning experts agree that it's essential for everyone - no matter how much money or property they have - to have a plan in place. Aside from specifying their wishes for the distribution of their property, a will lets you address several other important items, such as designating a guardian for your children or pets, creating a digital executorship so someone can handle your online accounts after you've passed, and setting out your funeral and burial wishes.

Can I use FreeWill to create a codicil or addendum to my already existing will?

Currently, FreeWill doesn't provide the option to create a codicil to your will. However, FreeWill documents are free, which means you can create a new one with all your updated wishes or edit your current one and make any of the changes you'd like. Please feel free to take a look at our document on codicils and FreeWill here.

Can I use FreeWill to make a will for someone else?

FreeWill's will product is only intended to be used by the actual testator of the will. 

That said, you might still want to go through our online questionnaire with your friend or loved one requiring assistance - by going through our questions, they can get a sense of what a will consists of, which could save them time and money at their lawyer’s office.

Our account page also provides several resources to find local trusts & estates lawyers. Our users can consider, among other resources, using our FreeWill Fellows. These experienced practitioners support the FreeWill mission & have been asked to review our forms to confirm they create a valid instrument under the laws of their jurisdiction before signing on to join the Fellows community. 

My spouse/partner and I share the same account. Can we create two different wills with the same account?

You absolutely can! Make sure you each have your own profile, and then you can create a will under your individual profile. Please read this article for more information on adding another profile.

What are the responsibilities of a guardian? How do I choose a guardian?

Responsibilities of a legal guardian

Guardianship laws vary by state, but a legal guardian generally has the authority and responsibility to provide for their ward’s care and upbringing. Like a parent, a legal guardian should provide for daily and long-term needs, including:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Education
  • Clothing
  • Medical and dental care
  • Physical and emotional safety

Legal guardians often provide financial support to those under their care, though they may not have authority over the ward’s money or property.

Disclaimer: FreeWill is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. While FreeWill strives to ensure that its automated services are complete, they are meant purely as self-help forms. The materials and services are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney.

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