Can I prepare my own will?

Yes, but without professional guidance and advice, it may not be legally sufficient to be admitted to probate. In addition, self-prepared handwritten "holographic" wills can only be admitted to probate after a formal Superior Court hearing, which takes time and money. 

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1. What is a will and do I need one?
2. Can a will save money?
3. Can I prepare my own will?
4. Can I name more than one executor?
5. What effect does a will have on real estate owned jointly by husband and wife?
6. What effect does a will have on joint bank accounts or certificates of deposit?
7. Can I leave assets to a minor?
8. What effect does a divorce have on a will?
9. What does it mean for a will to be self-proving? What happens if the will is not self-proving?
10. Who becomes the guardian of orphaned minors if there is no will?
11. If there is no will, then who gets what?
12. Do all states have the same probate laws?