How long does it take to make a will? 16 Answers as of August 05, 2011

My mother (in her 70's) is very hesitant on completing a will. How long, on average, does it take to take care of the necessary estate work without a will. There are 2 children and 1 grandson in this family.

Ask a Local Attorney. 100% Anonymous. Free Answers.

Free Case Evaluation by a Local Lawyer: Click here
Raxter Law
Raxter Law | Jeremiah Raxter
All depends on the attorney. Call around. Some can be completed within day, but the average is a week.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/5/2011
The Coyle Law Office
The Coyle Law Office | T. Andrew Coyle
Everyone should have a will - you may want to have your mother sit with an estate attorney to explain what would happen if she died without one and what options she would have should she decide to make one. How long it would take to complete her documents depends on what her wishes are and what types of assets she owns. Assuming everything is fairly basic, the attorney would likely be able to generate the documents within a week or two.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 8/5/2011
Majors Law Firm, P.C.
Majors Law Firm, P.C. | M. Jason Majors
It takes on average approximately one to two weeks to prepare a Will, and roughly six months to one year to administer an estate, with or without a Will.
Answer Applies to: Wyoming
Replied: 8/5/2011
Olson Althauser Samuelson & Rayan, LLP
Olson Althauser Samuelson & Rayan, LLP | Todd S. Rayan
Drafting a will is a very quick process that can usually be accomplished within a matter of weeks or sooner in most cases. It really depends on the complexity of the will and whether there are any trusts created or any tax planning necessary. The second part of your question seems to be inquiring about the probate process. Having a will makes things much easier, however, with or without a will the time depends largely on the assets of the Estate, how long it takes to liquidate or distribute them and how many creditors there are. You should advise your mother that a will is very simple and will make matters much easier when she passes. She may also need a medical and durable power of attorney.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/5/2011
The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A.
The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A. | Laurie E. Ohall
How long it takes to make a Will depends on the individual attorney. Generally, you have to have an initial meeting with the attorney to discuss goals and what you want in your documents, and then a follow-up meeting to execute the documents. This could, generally, take anywhere from 2 weeks to one month to complete.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 8/5/2011
    Burnham & Associates
    Burnham & Associates | Stephanie K. Burnham
    The average time in New Hampshire is about 1 year, but it could be longer.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/5/2011
    Goldsmith & Guymon
    Goldsmith & Guymon | Dara Goldsmith
    An estate plan may be completed in a short period of time so long as the person knows how he or she wants the estate to be distributed upon death. It is not a function of the size of one's family. It would. Be best for your mom to consult an attorney where she lives to discuss her options.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 8/5/2011
    Apple Law Firm PLLC
    Apple Law Firm PLLC | David Goldman
    A will can be one in a day or two. Much of the time is determined by the client and if they know what they want. If your mother would like to talk with someone, many estate planning lawyers have free consultations and I would advise that you speak to one to determine if a will can offer her a benefit. Sometimes they are unnecessary or there are other documents that are better to use depending on her circumstances and desires.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/5/2011
    Law Office of Richard B. Kell
    Law Office of Richard B. Kell | Richard B. Kell
    For an attorney, a simple Will does not take that long to draft. It will mainly depend on when the testator (your mother) and witnesses can get together for the formal execution. Not having a Will can delay the probate process significantly if there is a dispute over who should be the administrator and/or how the assets should be divided. Having a Will appoints an Executor to carry out the testator's wishes - which would be clearly spelled out in the document. Your mother should also to consider having a Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 8/5/2011
    Law Offices of Timothy G. Kearney, LLC
    Law Offices of Timothy G. Kearney, LLC | Timothy G. Kearney
    I'm not sure if I understand the question. If your mother needs estate planning she should consult with an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 8/5/2011
    Law Offices of Brian Chew
    Law Offices of Brian Chew | Brian Chew
    A will can be completed in as little as 24-48 hours and can greatly reduce the amount of work needed to wrap up the estate. However if there are assets such as real estate involved, she would be much better off with a living trust in addition to a will to avoid the high cost and delays of probate.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/5/2011
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    If she is hesitant, the delay comes from her. If most lawyers are typical of what I do, we generally have a will completed within a few days of the office visit and we can do an office visit on one or two days notice. If she is hesitant stress to her how much extra it can cost her heirs if she does not do a will, and that the state decides her affairs rather than her.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/5/2011
    Martinson & Beason, PC
    Martinson & Beason, PC | Douglas C Martinson II
    A simple with that divides everything equally between the grandchildren and doesn't have any specific bequests (my diamond ring, my dining room suite, etc). it shouldn't take too long. We have done a rush job and gotten them the same day, but it is more expensive. Otherwise it would take about a week to get the draft of the will and then come in and sign before the 2 witnesses and Notary Public. But how long it takes depends on the attorney. Let them know if you have a deadline and make sure the attorney can meet it. Doug
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/5/2011
    The Schreiber Law Firm
    The Schreiber Law Firm | Jeffrey D. Schreiber
    If by "estate work" you mean a probate, it is the same with or without a will, except that without a will the executor will have to post a bond which can be waived by a will. If she does not have a will, then the intestacy laws of the State where she resides will state who receives her property and the court will appoint who becomes the administrator, whether that was her desire or not.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/5/2011
Click to View More Answers:
12 3 Free Legal QuestionsConnect with a local attorney