This page is a list of highly rated estate planning books and software. We have reviewed thousands of books and estate planning software programs. We only feature the best selling and most useful titles on our site. Some of the books are do-it-yourself estate planning guides while others are legal texts and treatises. Browse the list on the right to find the resources you need to make an estate plan, administer a trust or settle an estate. Because you also need to be aware of relevant federal and state tax laws when making an estate plan or administering a trust, we also feature a large selection of tax guides and tax preparation resources.
Software to Make a Will
It is possible to use estate planning software to make your own will, living will, and other estate planning forms at home. However, before making an estate plan, meet with an attorney for a free consultation. You may find it is more affordable to have an estate plan prepared than you think. If the cost of hiring an attorney is too high for you, estate planning software is an alternative way to make a will. Unfortunately, this do it yourself approach often results in costly legal problems.
Free Estate Planning Guides
Pennyborn.com features several free estate planning guides, as well as instructions on how to find state-specific estate planning information. For a list of free guides on estate planning, probate, living trusts, spouses and partners, children, pets, funeral planning, and trust administration, go to our estate planning page.
One of the primary reasons many people fail to make an estate plan is they believe they cannot afford an attorney. However, there are affordable ways to make a basic will and health care directives by using low-cost services or free estate planning forms. For a list of free forms available on Pennyborn.com, go to our free estate planning forms index.
Although the ideal way to have your estate planning documents prepared is by an experienced attorney, you can use books and software to prepare basic estate planning forms if hiring a lawyer is not an option. Also, depending on your circumstances, you may be able to meet with a lawyer and have basic estate planning forms prepared for free or at a very low cost. To learn more, go to our page on
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