Chart: Compare Estate Planning Books & Software

Nolo's books and software are the gold standard for do-it-yourself estate planning, but which is best for you?

Software & Online Applications

Want to go the easy, step-by-step, interview style route? Choose from one of the applications below.

Title

WillMaker Plus

Nolo's Online Will


Nolo's Online Living Trust

Format

PC Software

Online App

Online App

Price

$69.99

$59.99

$59.99

Summary

Lets you easily prepare key estate planning forms, tailored to your situation and valid in your state.

Lets you quickly create a custom will that’s valid in your state.

A simple interview lets you prepare a living trust to avoid probate.

Forms you can make

Will

Advance directive (living will)

Powers of attorney

Executor documents

and dozens more

Will


Individual living trust

Shared living trust


Book & Form Kits

If you're a little ambitious and willing to spend a few hours, one of Nolo's books - complete with downloadable forms - will walk you through the process, and educate you on the legal issues along the way.

Title

Quick & Legal Will Book

Make Your Own Living Trust

Special Needs Trusts

Format

Book with forms

Book with forms

Book with forms

Price

$24.99

$39.99

$34.99

Summary

Need a quick will? Here’s an easy way to prepare a valid will.

Forms and instructions for creating an individual or shared living trust to avoid probate.

Lets you create a special needs trust for a person who receives government disability benefits.

Forms you can make

Will

Individual living trust

Shared living trust

AB disclaimer trust

Special needs trust


Books for Executors and Trustees

If you're the one settling the estate, Nolo's books can guide you through your duties.

Title

The Executor's Guide

The Trustee's Legal Companion

Get It Together

Format

Book or ebook

Book or ebook

Book or ebook

Price

$27.99

$27.99

$19.99

Summary

A guide to settling a loved one's estate or trust.

Learn the ins and outs of being a trustee.

How to find estate planning documents, final arrangements, tax records, and more.

Can't Decide?

The great majority of people will buy Willmaker. It's the most convenient, and most comprehensive, way to go. And considering Nolo is currently offering access to their Online Living Trust application free to Willmaker users, it's also easily the best value.

If you are not comfortable doing this work on your own, you're not alone. Most people still choose to hire a lawyer. You can expect to pay around $1,000 and up for basic estate planning services. In some cases, it might make sense.

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