Create your Will Questionnaire Online
Full Name *:
Email Address *:
Telephone Number *:
May we contact you or send documents to you by email?YesNo
Are you married?YesNo
Spouse Full Name:
If you are not married, please select on of the following:
Note: In Mississippi, and most other states, a surviving spouse has the right to renounce a
will that makes inadequate provisions for the spouse.
I have the following children, (natural or adopted) who are deceased
I wish to disinherit the following children or heirs-at-law
Note: In Mississippi, and most other states, a parent may disinherit a child.
An Executor, (male), or Executrix, (female), is the person you select to handle all the affairs in the probate of your estate. Most people elect to have their spouse or a child serve as their primary Executor/Executrix and name an alternate executor/executrix, should their primary selection be unwilling or incapable of serving. The alternate Executor/Executrix usually is a responsible child, trusted family member, or friend. The Executor/Executrix should have the financial and business judgment that is necessary to handle all the affairs of your estate. If a family member is named as the Executor/Executrix, the requirement of a surety bond and the inventory of your estate are usually waived in the will. The court will appoint someone to probate your estate if no Executor/Executrix, (or alternate), is named.
I nominate to serve as Executor/Executrix of my estate:
In the event the above named person is unwilling or unable to act as Executor/Executrix, I nominate to serve as Alternate Executor/Executrix of my estate:
You can make a gift of any item to any person, entity, or charity upon your death. For example, you may state all my jewelry to my daughter or my shares of IBM to my niece or my Buick to my son. If you make a specific bequest, like a painting to your brother, your specific bequest will take precedence over the more general household goods gift or residuary clause.
Please leave blank if you do not wish to make any specific bequests.
I wish to give to:
Whatever is left over in your estate, after your specific bequests and/or any gifts made during your lifetime, will be given to the following persons:
---All to my spouse.All to my spouse in a marital trust. Upon the death, remarriage or cohabitation of my spouse, then the remainder of the trust goes to the following (remainder added to next textbox)All to my spouse and children equally.All to my children equally.All to the following person(s), charity or other entity (added to next textbox)
Additional input for above selection:
Divide in the following percentages and to the following persons or entities as follows (must equal 100%).
Use the slider to move the percentages
Enter a name and percent:
If any of the above beneficiaries shall not survive me, I wish their share to go to:
---Their children only (known as issue per stirpes)Their children and spouse (known as per stirpes)To be divided amongst my surviving beneficiaries (known as per capita)
Or you may designate specific persons:
Original Beneficiary and Alternative 1:
Original Beneficiary and Alternative 2:
Original Beneficiary and Alternative 3:
Original Beneficiary and Alternative 4:
You may instead establish a trust for a spouse, child, or children in your will. In Mississippi, a minor child’s inheritance is distributed to that child at the age of 21. In some states the age of distribution is 18. A formal guardianship is required to be established and monitored by the court until the minor child beneficiary reaches the age of 21. Under this guardianship, none of the minor child’s funds are allowed to be spent without prior court approval. Further, the guardian must be fully bonded, file annual accountings with the court and incur other costs, including court costs and attorney fees.
Instead this guardianship may be avoided if a testamentary trust is established for the minor child. Many parents feel uncomfortable distributing a large sum of money to an 18 or 21 year old child. In your will you may specify the age that the beneficiary child is to receive the full control of the trust assets. During the time the trust remains in effect, a trustee, (named by you), retains control over the trust assets. Typically your trustee has the sole discretion to give the beneficiary any sum of money the trustee believes is appropriate for the beneficiary’s education, health, and support. No court approval is required. It is suggested that a child at the age of 30 is usually more financially responsible than a child at 18 or 21. Also, many parents use a trust to make sure an ex-spouse has no control over a child’s inheritance or a trust may be established if a spouse or child does not demonstrate financial responsibility.
You may also establish a trust for a child or beneficiary who may have a drug, alcohol, or gambling addiction.
If a child is receiving SSI and Medicare/Medicaid benefits because of a disability, a special needs trust should be established to prevent a loss of benefits.
Trusts are also often used for estate planning to reduce federal and state estate taxes in large estates.
If you would like to establish a trust please complete the following information:
Nominate only a trustee in which you have full confidence and trust. The Trustee will normally use his/her Judgment in the distribution of the Trust funds to the Beneficiary without Court intervention or approval.
I nominate to serve as Trustee of my Trust:
In the event the above named person is unwilling or unable to act as Trustee, I nominate the following to serve as alternate Trustee of my estate:
I wish my beneficiary to have access to his/her trust assets as follows:
---For educational purposes.For extraordinary medical purposes.The entire amount at age 21.The entire amount at age 25.One-half (1/2) at age 25, with the balance at age 30.One-half (1/2) at age 30, with the balance at age 35.Other.
If other is selected, please complete the following:
A surviving parent, (even an ex-spouse), will usually be granted custody of their minor children upon the death of the custodial parent. If no such parent survives, a guardian may be selected by you under your will for the custody, care, and well-being of your children. If a guardian is requested:
I nominate the following to serve as Guardian of my children:
In the event the above named person is unwilling or unable to act as Guardian, I nominate the following to serve as Successor Guardian of my children:
Please check this box if you wish to include the following provision in your will
Any beneficiary who shall contest this Will or the distribution of any assets under this Will, or any other provision contained herein, or who shall attempt to prevent any provision herein from being fully carried out, or who shall bring action against any Executor hereunder, shall forfeit all right to any distribution hereunder, and the Executor shall distribute said share as if the beneficiary had predeceased the Testator without issue surviving.
Funeral Policy With:
Other Funeral Requests:
I request that I be cremated, with my ashes to be:
or Scattered (where):
In Mississippi, you are required to have an attorney to probate an estate.
I request that The McDonnell Law Firm be named as attorneys for my estate in the probate of my will.I request that the following be named as attorney(s) for my 'estate in the probate of my will'.
If The McDonnell Law Firm is not selected, please enter your attorney to be named as probate:
Online Signature * (enter your initials to electronically sign this document):