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August Is National Make-A-Will Month

August is National Make-A-Will Month. If you need to make or update a will, here are some books that might help you. MHL also offers access to the Gale Legal Forms and NuWave Legal Documents services, both of which offer free templates for basic wills and other legal documents. Although MHL staff cannot provide legal advice, if you need help getting started using any of our online services, please contact the reference desk. And if you need a legal document notarized, you can make an appointment online with one of MHL's staff notaries.

Estate Planning Basics
Estate Planning Basics
by Denis Clifford

Covers the basics of estate planning, including wills, trusts, and health care directives. It prepares readers to start planning their estate, with or without an attorney. The 11th edition is updated with the latest laws and tax information.
Quicken WillMaker & Trust 2022 : book & software kit
Quicken WillMaker & Trust 2022 : book & software kit
by Betsy Simmons Hannibal

Quicken Willmaker & Trust 2022 is the absolute easiest way to create your own legally valid estate plan. It is the most respected estate planning software on the market. It provides every basic estate planning document, tailored to your situation and to the laws of your state.
Quick & legal will book
Quick & legal will book
by Denis Clifford

Updated to reflect the latest legal changes, a quick and simple guide to creating a will provides forms and step-by-step instructions for naming executors and beneficiaries, choosing guardians and setting up trusts for minors.
Special needs trusts : protect your child's financial future
Special needs trusts : protect your child's financial future
by Kevin Urbatsch

Presents advice on setting up and managing a special needs trust, covering trust benefits, funding, duties of trustees, pooled trusts, taxes, wills, and death of beneficiaries
A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples
A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples
by Frederick Hertz

Newly revised and updated, this 20th edition features the latest legal information to help LGBT couples legally define and protect their relationships. 
Personal finance after 50
Personal finance after 50
by Eric Tyson

Retirement is lasting longer for all of us. That's why-and however long you decide to keep working-it's essential to plan ahead so you can live your post-career life as you wish. The latest edition of Personal Finance After 50 For Dummies details what you need to know-making it the perfect book to shelve next to your diet and fitness library, so you can keep your finances, as well as your health, in peak condition. Whether you're new to financial planning or are pretty savvy but want to cut through the noise with targeted information and advice, you'll find everything you need to know about how best to spend, invest, and protect your wealth so you can make your senior years worry-free, healthy, and fun.
What matters most : the Get Your Shit Together guide to wills, money, insurance, and life's "what-ifs"
What matters most : the Get Your Shit Together guide to wills, money, insurance, and life's "what-ifs"
by Chanel Reynolds

The founder of the popular Get Your Sh*t Together website blends personal insights with practical advice in a guide to preparing for life's catastrophes that includes recommendations for wills, insurance, personal information and emergency funds and plans. 
The last things we talk about : your guide to end of life transitions
The last things we talk about : your guide to end of life transitions
by Elizabeth Boatwright Coker

Whether we like it or not, we all die. People avoid talking about death because it is too mysterious, too dark, and occasionally, as in the case of an accidental or other sudden death, too unpredictable. Because we do not discuss death and dying in our current culture, people are left to wrestle with large questions about death. This book is a place to start thinking about, and preparing for, this inevitable event. The primary goal of The Last Things We Talk About is to help readers affirm, celebrate, and remember the people and experiences they cherish in this life. It encourages them to seriously consider their death and take planning one step at a time, according to their schedule, and as energy permits. Elizabeth Boatwright, DMin, BCC-PCHAC, CFP is a Relief Chaplain in Oncology Outpatient Palliative Care Medicine at Stanford Health Care. She has over 25 years in ministry experience serving diverse cultures along with extensive work in the arts and financial planning.
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