A legal will is a document that will stand up in court and specific to meet the needs of your family and must be thought out carefully by you.  The job of an attorney is to guide you to the best decisions but only after obtaining all the facts that you alone can give. The fee is dependent on the size and character of the estate and the work involved.

Before meeting, it is prudent to make a list of everything you own and all you owe; a personal financial statement similar to what you might provide the bank for a mortgage.  Forms are available to help you gather this information and can be supplied to you in advance of meeting with you.  Careful thought also needs to be given to whom you will leave your assets to.  Consider who to select as an executor, executrix or personal representative to administer the will. This may be the beneficiary who will inherit the bulk of your estate, a member of the family, your legal or financial advisor, a trusted friend or business associate. You should name a contingent executor or personal representative to act in case your first selection dies before you, or is unable to serve.

In selecting your executor or personal representative and trustee, the choice should be made with great care. The decision should be businesslike, not sentimental.  Remember that your executor or personal representative has the important responsibility of settling your estate and seeing that the wishes expressed are faithfully carried out.  It is important that you name a guardian if you have minor children.