For an informative and eye-opening comparison of the MyWill™ service to
do-it-yourself legal will kits, read about it here.
Quite frankly, there is no comparison. We have evaluated many
existing do-it-yourself legal will kits, including several of the most
popular American legal will kits, Canadian legal will kits and UK legal will kits. We were shocked
by the poor quality, limited instructions, and low value for money that many of
these will kits provide consumers. We have designed the MyWill™ service
to be of the best quality available today. Furthermore, our membership
pricing model also allows us to provide you with the most value for your money
at prices that are unprecedented in the legal industry.
First of all, by making use of the MyWill™ service conveniently online over
the Internet, there is no need to purchase a do-it-yourself legal will kit in
the first place, nor do you need to purchase an upgraded version every year.
Our pay-one-price membership model protects your investment for the rest of your
life. Our wizards, help and information are also designed to be the
best on the market and are kept up-to-date on an ongoing basis.
In addition, the MyWill™ service provides you with complete instructions and
answers your questions in everyday language, free of legal industry jargon.
We have developed this service based on the requirements of the public, not
dictated by the legal profession.
Furthermore, our unique approach allows you to make use of the ultimate
convenience of the Internet to create your Will at your own pace, online, 24
hours a day, 365 days a year, and to make changes online at any time free of
By storing your Will online, you can take advantage of our unique
messaging service which allows you to describe the exact location of your
Will and to provide a detailed list of assets for your Executor. All for no
extra charge. When you pass away, let us worry about communicating this
information to the people you specify. There is simply no other company that
provides such a complete and convenient service to their customers.
Combined with this is a strong focus on protecting the privacy and
security of your information. We use industry standard encryption
algorithms for storing all of your private information, and the design of
ensures that the contents of your Will are made available to
the specific people designated by yourself, and only at the appropriate time.
If you wish, we can even inform you by email about any changes in
which may have occurred in your jurisdiction that may require changes to your
Will. Or we can send you simple email reminders, no more than once a year,
to remind you to consider updating your Will if any significant changes have
occurred in your life.
Do-it-yourself legal will kits simply do not compare. Also, take a look
at the news article warning about the use of
do-it-yourself legal will kits.
The MyWill™ service steps you through a simple question and answer wizard,
formats your answers into a readable format, and allows you to make unlimited
updates to your Will while allowing you to store your information securely
online. You can then designate your own personal "Keyholders® ", who with
their unique ID can unlock your Will at the appropriate time.
These services are all available with the Silver I and Gold membership
packages. The complete pricing structure is available on our
The MyWill™ service can be used to generate a custom-made Last Will
and Testament in the U.S. (except Louisiana), Canada (except Quebec) and the UK (England and Wales only).
In order to make this a legal document, you should
first print it and read it thoroughly. Make sure that it accurately reflects
your wishes and that you understand everything that is contained in the
document. According to the current laws in most jurisdictions, in order to be a
legal document your Will must be signed in the presence of at least two
witnesses, and the two witnesses must also sign the Will, in the presence of the
"testator" (yourself) and in the presence of each other. You and the witnesses
should also initial each page, so that it is not possible to alter any pages
after the Will has been signed. In most jurisdictions, a witness cannot be a
beneficiary of the Will, they cannot be the spouse of a beneficiary (at the time
of signing), they cannot be a minor, and, like the "testator" (you), they must
be of sound mind.
Although the unsigned version of your Will stored online at
is not a legal document, if you wish you can allow one or more of your
designated Keyholders® to have access to the Will that you have created here at
This could be important if your legally signed copy
cannot be located (for example, if it burned in a house fire). In this
situation, your PartingWishes.com
Will can still provide some guidance to a
loving family, as they can understand how you wanted your property to be
However, "digital signature" laws are moving rapidly and we are
closely monitoring these laws to support the future electronic notarization of
documents, including the digital signature of your Will. It is only a
matter of time before this becomes standard practice in preparing legal
More details on the process to be followed for creating a legal document are
included in the help text of the MyWill™ service. If these instructions are
followed, then your Will is a legally binding document.
In order to make a Will that you create on this web site into a legal
document, you should first print it and read it thoroughly. Make sure that it
accurately reflects your wishes and that you understand everything that is
contained in the document. Once you are happy that it reflects your wishes, you
must sign your Will in the presence of at least two witnesses, and these
witnesses must also sign the Will, in the presence of the "testator" (yourself)
and in the presence of each other. You and the witnesses should also initial
each page, so that it is not possible to alter any pages after the Will has been
signed. In most jurisdictions, a witness cannot be a
beneficiary of the Will, they cannot be the spouse of a beneficiary (at the time
of signing), they cannot be a minor, and, like the "testator" (you), they must
be of sound mind. More information about this procedure and the restrictions on who can be
witnesses is included at the end of the MyWill wizard.
In the U.S. and Canada, after you have passed away the executor of your Will must prove that your
Will was signed properly. In order to do this, at least one of the witnesses
must confirm under oath that the Will was signed and witnessed correctly.
Another more convenient approach, however, is to have the witnesses sign under
oath (in the presence of a Notary Public) an "affidavit" which can then be
appended to the Will. This is an optional step, but it eliminates the need for
the witnesses to testify in court at the probating of the Will. Again, a
detailed description of this procedure is included at the end of the MyWill
In England and Wales, the Executor usually has to obtain a "grant of probate"
from the High Court. If the Will has been signed appropriately with two witnesses,
then the grant of probate is usually issued by the court.
It is important to review your Will every few years and after any new
financial or personal events, such as a significant business arrangement, a
wedding, the birth of a child, a divorce or if you move outside of your state,
province or country.
You can choose to have a 1-year, 10-year, 25-year or Life membership at
during which time you can make as many updates or amendments
to your Will as you wish at no extra charge. More details regarding the
membership packages available can be found when making your purchase.
This really depends on the complexity of your Will. The essence of a
Will is simply stating that you leave something to somebody. If you are
leaving everything to one person, and you have no other dependents or family
members, particularly from previous marriages, your Will could be very simple
and quick to create.
will also allow you to create quite complex Wills
that will require a great deal more thought and consideration. In this
case we would also recommend that you have the Will reviewed by a professional
lawyer, which will be a longer overall process, but can still be done
conveniently from our web site.
You do not need to complete your Will in one sitting. You can answer a
couple of questions and then store these wishes securely online here at
until you have a few more minutes to answer additional
questions. If you prefer, you can spend many weeks or months making
unlimited updates until you are happy with your final results, at which point
you could have your final copy reviewed and signed.
All of your information stored at PartingWishes.com
is safe and secure.
Your information is so highly encrypted that nobody has access to this
information other than yourself and your trusted Keyholders® using their
randomly generated personal key. Even the owners and administrators of
are not able to access your information due to the software
design and encryption methods used.
Note, however, that some services require temporary decryption of a member's documents
as part of the operation of providing that service.
For example, if the member wants to have their Will reviewed by one of our legal
professionals, or wants to have their documents printed and mailed to them, then
the software will automatically decrypt these documents as part of the member's
instructions to have these services performed.
All data passing from your computer to
is authenticated and
encrypted using 128-bit "SSL encryption". This is the most advanced level
of encryption available today, and it means that any information sent from your
computer is scrambled in a way which makes it completely unintelligible if
intercepted. When you are on a secure section within the web
site, a padlock will appear at the bottom of your web browser's screen.
This is your assurance that the encryption is in place and that you are
communicating across a secure link.
uses an industry standard high security
streaming-encryption algorithm known as "RSA" to encrypt all of your information
before it is stored online. To give you a feeling for the level of
security provided by this encryption, it has been estimated that with the most
efficient algorithms known to date, it would take a computer operating at 1
million instructions per second over 300 quintillion years (that's 3 with 20
zeros behind it!) to break the encryption. That's several trillion times longer
than the age of the Earth.
All of our data is securely stored in a highly encrypted format on database
servers in the USA. To protect against catastrophic data loss, daily backups are
performed on each of our servers to locations in Canada and the U.S. Hence, if
any one of our servers experienced technical difficulties, the data would not be
Furthermore, physical protection of our primary systems includes:
- Fire detection and fire suppression systems with dry pipe pre-action
- N + 1 redundant power supplies, providing dual power feeds and backup
batteries, water coolant systems and generators
- N + 1 redundant climate control, providing primary and backup chiller
units, cooling towers, and water storage
- Local network operations center (NOC) for monitoring all data center
- 24x7 monitoring and support of network connection and server
- 24x7 uniformed guard service with interior and exterior closed-circuit
- Electronic access at all data center entrances, including biometric hand
- Electronic key management systems and individually keyed cabinets
As you can see, we take the security and privacy of all of our member
information very seriously.
Here are a few common reasons that people indicate there is no point in
writing a Will:
- "I don't really care who gets my estate. I'll be gone anyway."
Without a Will, your property may not go to the people that you wish to
benefit. In most countries there is a law that decides how property should
be distributed if a person dies 'intestate' (without a Will). The actual
administration of your estate will also be complicated and difficult. The
courts will usually decide who will act as a personal representative or
'executor' for distributing your possessions, and the laws in your local
jurisdiction will determine who will get what. This may lead to acrimonious
legal disputes between your survivors. Note that if you have no heirs, all
of your assets, property and possessions can pass to your local government.
The effort required to draft your Will is insignificant compared to the
difficulties that dying without a Will presents to your survivors.
- "It's obvious who will get my estate. It will go to my spouse."
Local laws will determine who will receive your possessions, which may or
may not reflect your intentions. If you die without a Will and you are
married, your assets will not automatically go to your surviving spouse.
Local laws may determine that others, including children, may be entitled to
a share. This will be determined by the laws of "Intestate Succession"
which vary from state to state, province to province, country to country,
and will frequently lead to messy legal cases.
- "I don't have an estate of any value."
Even if you don't believe that you have an estate of any value, your
death itself may generate a sizeable benefit. For example, your
beneficiaries may be entitled to the proceeds of a life insurance claim, a
wrongful death suit, a claim in the event of some negligence resulting in
your death. These can be significant sums of money.
Quite clearly, there is never a situation where a Will is unnecessary.
In many cases, this can be a simple declaration of your wishes for how your
estate should be distributed, and this can be achieved by working through the
MyWill™ wizard here at
You should draft a Will while
you are still young and healthy, even if you don't feel that your assets are
substantial. There is absolutely no benefit in waiting until you are
older. To die without a Will is irresponsible and places a tremendous
burden on your survivors.
A joint Will is a single document, signed by "co-testators" (usually
spouses), intended to reflect the wishes of both parties. This is generally
considered to be an extremely bad idea, and probably worse than having no Will
at all. Often, the intent of a joint Will is to declare that each person would
leave everything to the surviving partner, and in the event that both partners
are victims of a common disaster, everything would go to their children. The
problem is that it is unclear whether a surviving partner can revoke a joint
Will and many messy legal cases have arisen as a result of this confusion.
In short, do not make a joint Will, as there could be problems if either
party changes their mind, or wishes to amend the Will. There may also be
problems if the surviving spouse tries to make any changes to a joint Will, as
they may be bound to the original terms. Furthermore, there is no reason
to create a joint Will, as there is no disadvantage to drawing up a separate Will
for each partner.
Although the MyWill™ question-and-answer wizard is applicable for most cases,
there are circumstances where it is advisable to seek legal advice. In
- If you are a resident of Louisiana (U.S.A.), or of Quebec (Canada), or of Northern
Ireland or Scotland (U.K.).
- If you are involved in a matrimonial dispute, or wish to disinherit your
spouse or children.
- If you have a history of mental illness, or the question of your mental
capacity may be raised in objection to the statements in the Will.
- If you own personal property or real estate in multiple countries.
- If you are under the age of adulthood.
- If you have complicated business investments (e.g. you are part owner of
property or businesses where ownership may be challenged).
- If you are about to be married and are preparing a Will in contemplation
of that marriage.
- If you have a large, complex estate and feel that you
would benefit from some advice on estate planning and tax reduction.
- If you own a farm, as there may be significant estate planning
- If you need to provide for long term medical care for a dependent.
- If you have any litigation pending which involve large sums of money or
where a prison term is possible.
- If you think that somebody may challenge your Will in court or you have
any other doubts about your situation.
In the above situations and in other more complex situations (the above is
not an exhaustive list), it would not be advisable to rely on the output of the
MyWill™ wizard as an accurate expression of your wishes. However, even in
these circumstances there is value in stepping through the MyWill™ wizard in
preparation for a consultation with an attorney.
We are unable to draw up a Will specifically for you, as the courts would
regard this as entering into a "client-attorney relationship". In doing
this we would be guilty of "Unauthorized Practice of Law," as legal advice can
only be given by a person licensed to practice law in your jurisdiction.
This is a serious offense. However, you do not need to have a lawyer to
create your Will, and at
we give you the tools to create a
Will based on your family situation and your plans for your estate.
Furthermore, the legal wording contained in all of the Wills that can be created
have been produced and reviewed by lawyers. By using
our intuitive question and answer wizard you will be able to create a legal Will
that satisfies your requirements. In addition, we offer an optional
service which allows you have your completed Will reviewed by one of our
lawyers, who is able to check for consistency and completeness within your final
Some people may benefit from more extensive estate planning techniques, such
as: setting up trusts, limiting probate, and tax reduction schemes.
However, these usually require detailed (and often expensive) professional
guidance. Quite often, younger people and people with straightforward
plans for their estate do not pursue the creation of extensive estate plans.
Others postpone extensive estate planning for later in life, when their
financial and family circumstances settle down. Nevertheless, regardless
of your age or your financial situation, it is imperative to have a Will.
Detailed estate planning can come later.
Most of our services are completely international.
They can be used by anyone in any country in the world.
Services such as MyFuneral™,
and MyMemorials™ do not create legal documents and
make no assumptions about your country of residence.
In the US, Canada, England and Wales, we have worked extensively to ensure that the legal
documents created by the MyWill™,
and MyLivingWill™ services are up to date
with the laws in all of the states in the United States and the provinces in
Canada, including: Alabama, Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, Arkansas, British
Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia,
Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky,
Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,
Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northwest
Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Rhode Island, Saskatchewan, South Carolina,
South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington
D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Yukon Territory. Hence, these
services can be used to generate legal documents in any state in the United
States with the exception of Louisiana, and any Canadian province with the
exception of Quebec, and in England and Wales in the United Kingdom.
Furthermore, the MyPowerOfAttorney™
service is available for all States in the United States except Louisiana, and
for all Provinces in Canada except Quebec. In the UK, power of attorney forms
are provided free of charge by the government.
Note that even in unsupported areas, there is value in stepping through the
wizards provided in these services in preparation for a consultation with an
attorney. It is strongly recommended that residents outside of the above
supported states/provinces/countries seek legal advice even after completing the
wizards. Local laws in these unsupported areas have not been considered in the
structure of the legal documents.
If you have any doubts about the legal standing of any documents in your
jurisdiction, feel free to seek legal counsel in your area to have your
There is a considerable amount of information included in the on-line help of
the MyWill™ wizard. This will answer most of the common questions
regarding the steps included in creating your own Will.
For information about the other services available, or about
in general, you can browse this web site or send an email to
We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.