Why We Chose Mama Bear Legal Forms
Attorneys have prepared these documents to make sure they’re state-specific and legally binding.
Knock out three crucial documents all at once: your will, healthcare power of attorney and finance power of attorney.
6 Months to Make Changes for Free
Modify your will for free for up to 180 days until you’re 100% satisfied.
What Your Will Gives You
Protection for Your FamilyYou decide what happens to your stuff and your kids.
Peace of MindYour wishes will be handled exactly as you’ve decided with your will and durable powers of attorney.
Attorney-Built DocumentsThese documents will be legally binding in your state.
Your Will Package Includes:
Your will lets you choose guardians for your kids and pets, tell your loved ones what to do with your stuff, and give gifts to people and charities. Married? Choose the spousal will package so you’re both covered.
Medical Power of Attorney
With this legal form, you can name someone to make medical decisions for you if you’re physically or mentally unable to choose for yourself. You can also use it to document your wishes for end-of-life health care.
Financial Power of Attorney
If you become unable to manage important money matters like investing, dealing with insurance policies and paying bills, your financial power of attorney will do it for you.
Want to learn more about wills? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions.
Sample Will Preview
Each state has unique requirements for a will. See a sample of what a will looks like in your state.
You will be reviewing a sample set of Mama Bear Legal Forms documents. Any information you may have entered into the Mama Bear Legal Forms questionnaire has not been applied to these sample documents.
The actual content of these documents differs from state to state and will change based on information that you include in the Mama Bear Legal Forms questionnaire.
What People Have to Say:
I set up my will after putting it off, only to unexpectedly be in the hospital a few days later. Because I had updated my will, I had peace during something that would have normally been a stressful experience.
How It Works
1. Build Your DocumentMake an account and fill out the form in minutes.
2. Save & PrintSave your progress, download and print your legal documents.
3. Sign & Make It LegalSign your documents in front of witnesses and a notary. Then file them in a safe place.
Wills Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a will?
You need a will because it helps you protect the people and things you care most about. First, a will names a guardian for your minor children or adult children who depend on you because of a permanent disability, so they’ll be taken care of if you pass away. Second, a will provides instructions for giving your property, money and personal items to your loved ones or to a favorite charity. This gives you control and prevents a lot of conflict and expenses for your family.
What happens to my stuff if I don’t have a will?
If you die without a valid will, that’s called dying intestate. At that point your state’s laws control who inherits your property. State intestacy laws generally give property to the people most closely related to you—even if that’s not who you would have picked. And those same laws will decide who gets custody of your kids if you have them. Those decisions are too important to leave up to strangers.
Should I make a will if I don't have kids yet?
Yes! You should make a will now so you can pass your property to loved ones, even if you don’t have children. When children come along, you should update your will to include them and name a guardian to care for them if you pass away. (See “Can I change or cancel my will?”)
Are online wills safe?
Yes! Mama Bear’s online wills are prepared by real attorneys, so they’re legally binding and meet the specific requirements in your state. Once you print your documents and have them signed, you’ll have a legitimate will to protect your family and give you peace of mind.
Do I have to get my will notarized?
You probably don’t have to, but you should. Wills always have to be signed by two witnesses to be valid, and notarization isn’t required in most states. That said, having those signatures notarized can make it easier for your personal representative to carry out the will after you pass away.
Where should I store my will?
You should keep your will in a safe place—such as a legacy drawer in your home, a fireproof safe or a bank box. We recommend having a second copy of your will in another safe location, just in case the first copy gets destroyed unexpectedly.
Who should I give copies of my signed will to?
After signing your will, you should give a copy to the person you have named as your personal representative. If you don’t want copies of all that personal info laying around someone else’s house, at least let your personal representative know where you keep your will so they can find it if they need to.
Do wills expire?
No. Wills are “perpetual documents.” That means once your will is signed and becomes valid, it lasts until you pass away and all the instructions have been carried out.
Can I change or cancel my will?
Yes! You can cancel, or revoke, your will at any time by destroying the original document, plus any copies. (You may need to ask your personal representative or loved ones to give their copies of your will back.)
You can change your will just by signing a new one. A new will always has language in it that revokes any will you had before. But it’s still a good idea to destroy your old documents so there’s no confusion about which one to use.
When should I update my will?
You should update your will whenever you go through a big life event like marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, the death of someone you named in your will or moving to a new state. (See “Do I have to make a new will if I move between states?”)
You should also update it if your wishes have changed. It’s wise to review your will occasionally just to make sure it still reflects your wishes. And with Mama Bear, you can update your will for free for up to 180 days after you buy it.
Do I have to make a new will if I move between states?
You probably don’t have to, but you should. If you made a valid, signed will in your last state of residence, then it will probably be valid in your new state too. Most state laws honor valid wills that were made in other states. But since most states also have their own laws about what to do after somebody dies, your will might not match your new state’s rules exactly. That can make it a little harder to carry out your wishes. So it’s a good idea to update your will to reflect the laws in your new state. (See “Can I change or cancel my will?”)