Average Cost for a Will
With places like Legal Zoom offering up do-it-yourself wills for only $69, these may seem like your best bet for a simple last will and testament—and they probably are if you have a simple will—meaning you don’t have a lot of assets, a business, or investments you need to consider.
On the other hand, if your estate is larger, you may want to let a qualified attorney handle your last will and testament—even a living will. But, what is the average cost of an attorney to make a will?
There are two ways to determine the average cost of a will. The first is to determine the complexity of your will and the second is to call some attorneys in your area and ask about hourly rates or flat fees for making a will—it’s best to find an attorney that offers up flat fees for basic to the complex wills.
Basic Wills – If your will is relatively basic, expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $150 for a basic will for yourself and a spouse.
Mid-Range Wills – If you have some investments and property and items you want to leave to family members or charities, the average cost of a will may double from $300 to $350 for an attorney to prepare.
Complex Wills – Those lucky enough to have huge investment portfolios, property, businesses, and cash to leave behind can often pay up to $1,000 or more to have their wills prepared.
Living Wills – No matter what the size of your estate, a living will should cost you around $75; or you can ask for a living will to be included in the cost of your last will and testament.