Learn about wills, trusts, probate and more here. You'll find lots of free legal articles on a wide variety of topics with plenty of information for executors of an estate and trustees.
Glossary: Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
Plain-English definitions of common terms used in estate planning and probate.
Planning Your Estate: Ten Things You Should Know
Everyone knows they should, but no one ever wants to do estate planning. Who wants to think about your ultimate demise? Knowing that some of your loved ones may dislike how you divvy things up can make for more anxiety.
Online Estate Planning Apps & Do-It-Yourself Software
Understand what your estate plan should include, decide what products suit your needs, or when you might be better served by using an estate planning attorney.
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?
What is a Living Will?
The terms "living will", "health care directive", and "advance directive", all refer to the legal document that lets people state their wishes for end-of-life medical care.
Updating Your Estate Plan
Your estate plan should be reviewed every couple years, and updated whenever you experience major life events.
Using a Payable on Death Bank Account - or "Totten Trust"
A payable on death bank account - once called a "Totten Trust" - is an easy way to pass on money after death.
Pros and Cons of POD Designations to Avoid Probate
Payable-On-Death accounts are an inexpensive and simple way to transfer funds after death without probate, but there are drawbacks.
Only the very wealthy need to worry about estate taxes.