What Does it Cost to Prepare a Legal Will?
Do It Yourself
- This may be a viable choice if you have a simple estate. A handwritten, or holographic will, is the least expensive, but it is not recognized in every state. Will kits are available at many office supply stores or online. The cost of these vary but generally range from from $20 to $225.
Attorney-Prepared Basic Will
- A basic will, prepared by an attorney, may cost $200 to $750. Because attorneys charge by the hour, being prepared can save money. Bring financial documents, and have bequests decided before your meeting.
Attorney-Prepared Complex Wills
- If you have complicated investments or family relationships, it may be worth the cost to seek an estate attorney. Be prepared to pay $1,000 or more depending on the complexity of your situation.